Alvarez outlasts Ko at amateur champs

Last updated 05:00 19/01/2013

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Wellington's top golfer Julianne Alvarez has gone one step further than fellow Kiwi and world No 1 Lydia Ko at the Australian Amateur Championships in Melbourne.

Alvarez won her second-round match yesterday to advance to the quarterfinals, while Ko, of Auckland, suffered a rare loss.

Alvarez beat Asuka Kashiwabara, of Japan, 3 and 2, while Ko went down 2 and 1 to Jo Charlton of Victoria.

Alvarez had previously beaten Carly Beck of New South Wales 3 and 2 in her first-round match.

Her quarterfinal opponent this morning will be Jenny Lee of South Australia.

Ko will now begin preparing for the NSW Open where she is also the defending champion after making international headlines at the event in 2012. The then 14-year-old became the youngest winner of a professional golf event.

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