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Joint leaders at Canberra women's golf

Slovenia's first women's golfer to qualify for the Ladies European Tour, Katja Pogacar, is joint leader with Anne van Dam after day two of the Canberra Classic.

Joint leaders at Canberra women's golf

Slovenia's first women's golfer to qualify for the Ladies European Tour, Katja Pogacar, is joint leader with Anne van Dam after day two of the Canberra Classic.

Dutch golfer Anne van Dam has put together a sparking second round to claim a share of the lead at the women's Canberra Classic.

Van Dam shot an eight-under-par 63 on Saturday to be joint leader with Slovenia's Katja Pogacar, heading into the final round at Royal Canberra.


The pair are level at 11-under 131, closely followed by Scotland's Carly Booth (132), while Belgium's Manon De Roey and defending champion Jiyai Shin are a further shot back.

Hannah Green is the best of the Australian contingent in a share of seventh at six under overall after recording her second 68 of the tournament.

Pogacar, the first woman from Slovenia to qualify for the Ladies European Tour, claimed the clubhouse lead with career-best round after teeing off in a morning group.

The world No.718 carded a 64 and responded from a bogey on her opening hole to record consecutive birdies before she eagled the par-5 18th.

She made another four birdies on her closing nine and sank a miracle putt on her final hole to seal the lowest score of her career.

"I played some really good shots, solid golf and I just had to wait for the putts to roll in; and I did that patiently until the end," Pogacar told reporters.

"The first hole was bad and I misread the putt but it was easy to let it go.

"I've been hitting it really solidly the whole week and I finally got my irons and drivers dialled in so it's just been a matter of time."

World No.81 van Dam enjoyed a flawless, bogey-free afternoon, highlighted by eight birdies.

"It was very easy golf today, I almost hit every shot perfectly and gave myself a lot of chances on the back nine," van Dam said.

Former world No.1 Shin will be a final-round threat after returning to her best after an average first day.

Shin had a consistent, bogey-free round to finish with 64, gives her an opportunity to claim a third career title at Royal Canberra.

To go with last year's Classic win, the South Korean won the 2013 Australian Open at the course.

Overnight leader Amelia Lewis had a horror second round, falling out of contention after a disastrous 77.

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