Ellis slips to 12th in the Open
By ADAM HICKS and AAP
A ROUND of mixed fortunes has seen Casino professional golfer Michelle Ellis slip to equal 12th after the second round of the Australian Women’s Open at Melbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Club.
Ellis started the day equal fifth, one under par, and played steady golf to card eight straight pars.
However, two bogeys over the next five holes and a double bogey on the 15th meant Ellis plummeted to three over par.
She pulled one stroke back with a birdie on the 17th to finish three over for the day and two over for the tournament, seven strokes off the pace being set by leader Kristie Smith.
If he’d had the choice, former tournament professional Wayne Smith would have picked almost any other career than golf for his daughter Kristie – until he saw her hit the ball.
“I definitely would have chosen another career for her,” Smith said.
“But that day when I first saw her hit a ball, I went home and said to my wife ‘I think she’s a little bit special’.”
Smith’s judgement was confirmed yesterday when, five years later at the age of 19, Kristie shot a four-under 69 to lead the Australian Open.
Smith jnr, who is still an amateur, finished the day five-under par, two clear of Korea’s Ji-Yai Shin.
And she did it with as much help as her father could give her.