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Lunn struggles to break par

Karen Lunn was not happy with her form during the RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines.
Karen Lunn was not happy with her form during the RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines. Contributed

TWEED Heads professional golfer Karen Lunn struggled to break par and finished equal 52nd at the RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast yesterday.

The 46-year old finished even par with scores of 72 on Saturday and Sunday.

Lunn shot five birdies to finish three-under on Thursday but at the weekend she nailed only four birdies from 36-holes.

She was hoping for a top ten finish for the tournament after going into the weekend equal 29th and three under par.

"I missed some putting opportunities on the first day," Lunn said.

But it was teenage amateur Lydia Ko who stole the limelight.

She may not have won the Australian Ladies Masters but she was swamped by autograph hunters following her final-round 74.

It's something the 14 year-old budding golf superstar knows she has to get used to, along with being interviewed almost daily as her profile grows.

Her history-making victory in last week's NSW Open at Oatlands, as the youngest ever player to win a professional tournament, made world headlines.

Despite not being able to repeat those heroics at the Gold Coast course, finishing tied for 32nd, the fans still swarmed.

"Even the pros say hello to me which is really cool," said Ko.

She admits she will be chasing autographs at next week's Australian Women's Open at Royal Melbourne.

Topics:  golf