Australia’s Leah Hart leads by two

On the back nine, she carded a further three birdies and her only mistake was at the long par-four tenth, where she took a club too many and flew the green from where she failed to get up and down. She came home in 34 with a birdie, birdie finish.

“I’m putting my good round down to not thinking about technique. I went out there thinking I’m going to be a kid again,” said Hart, who admitted that prior to today she had been experiencing swing problems and had spent many hours on the driving range.

“I’m going to try that again because it was the most fun I’ve had on a golf course in a long time.”

Despite being surrounded by a large group of fellow Aussies to keep her company in this year’s LET rookie class, including the talented Nikki Garrett, Anna Rawson and Sarah Kemp, Hart has had a tough start to her career with LET as she had her passport and mobile phone stolen in the week following the Tenerife Ladies Open and she hasn’t been able to settle or prepare for tournament play properly until now.

“No excuses. I’ve had some swing problems but from now on I’m not going to think about technique. That’s certainly the way forward. It’s certainly nice to see my name up there on the leader board as its been a while. Its good to have it up there and I’m going to try and keep it there,” she admitted.

Before playing on the LET, Hart spent a year competing on the US Futures Tour and like many Aussies, she says she follows Australian sport like it’s her career.

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