|Second round leader Ye Na Chung from Korea|
South Korean Ye Na Chung fired a four under par 68 in swirling winds to take a one stroke lead into the final round of the Sanya Ladies Open at Yalong Bay Golf Club in Hainan, China.
The 25-year-old from Seoul finished the day on 12-under-par, a stroke ahead of South African Lee-Anne Pace with Chinese amateur Yu Ting Shi a shot further behind in third place.
Chung wants to win the tri-sanctioned event in order to join the Ladies European Tour and this could be her chance to visit Europe for the first time. She currently plays on the LAGT and has one win on the South Korean Dream Tour.
Pace is targeting her second win at Yalong Bay having won the inaugural event in 2010, the year she won the order of merit and five titles around the world.
However, Chinese National Team member Shi is only two strokes off the lead with the tantalising possibility of becoming the LET’s youngest tournament winner aged 15 years and seven months, as she is two months younger than Lydia Ko when she won the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Women’s Open in February this year.
On a day of contrasting wind speeds, all of the top three players were out in the more favourable afternoon conditions.
However Sweden’s Linda Wessberg set the target at nine-under early in the day with a second-round 68 in stronger winds, gusting 20 miles per hour.
Kylie Walker’s scorecard was also of note as she had two eagles in her second round: at the par four 4th and par 5 13th holes, before ending the day at four under in a tie for 12th position.
Nearer the opposite end of the leader board, defending champion Cassandra Kirkland ended on six-over-par after two rounds and was disappointed to be making an early exit.