Cavalleri the Perla pearl

Italian leads by one in Tuscany

Martin Park
Sat, 18 May 2002

Local favourite Silvia Cavalleri is one round away from her maiden Evian Ladies Tour victory as she leads the £117,000 La Perla Italian Open at Poggio dei Medici by one shot from Denmark's Iben Tinning, winner of last week's Irish Open.

Cavalleri fired a four under par 69 for a 12 under total in unbroken sunshine in Tuscany hills, while Tinning was the epitome of consistency, hitting all 18 greens in regulation for a three under par 70.

Leading the festival of low scoring in the third round was Karen Lunn from Australia, making the biggest leap of the day with a new course record nine under par 64, which included nine birdies and an eagle.

Lunn is tied in third spot with England's Lora Fairclough who had a level par 73.

Defending champion Paula Marti came back into the mix with a blistering 65 to equal last year's course record set by Australian Corinne Dibnah.

Marti had to birdie the final hole on Friday to make the cut and in the first group out in the morning, the 21-year-old from Barcelona raced up the leaderboard into a share of ninth spot.

The start of the third round of the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship at Mount Vintage on the LPGA Tour has been delayed due to lightning and heavy rain in the area.

Scotland's Janice Moodie is the leader on eight under par following two rounds of play. She leads first-round leader Laura Davies by two strokes. The cut was made at 149 (+5) with 87 players surviving.



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