Cathryn Bristow solid but out of title contention

Last updated 20:35 25/01/2014

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Two consistent sub-par rounds were insufficient for New Zealand's Cathryn Bristow to make an impression on the leaderboard heading into the final round of the women's NSW Open in Sydney tomorrow.

Bristow shaved a stroke off her opening round 1-under 71 and although she improved from a tie for 35th overnight, she is out of title contention at the Oatlands Golf Club.

Comfortably the best performed Kiwi, Bristow is in a share of 22nd at 3-under, seven shots adrift of joint leaders Lindsey Wright and Stephanie Na.

Wright burnt up the course with a stunning 8-under 64 to surge up the field thanks to nine birdies, including seven in succession.

Na's 6-under 66 was also one of the rounds of the day while first round leader Kristie Smith - another Australian - was a shot further back in outright third after adding a 70 to her initial 65.

Bristow's compatriots Jenna Hunter, Phillis Meti and Tania Tare all missed the cut for the last round of the 54-hole tournament.

Hunter and Meti were two shots short of safety at 5-over while Tare languished in a tie for 95th after rounds of 78 and 77.

The tournament, which Lydia Ko won in 2012 as a 14-year-old, serves as a lead-in to next month's Australian Open at the Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne.

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