• Blum in hunt for second LET Access title

Australian Kristalle Blum will start the final round of the Hauts de France Pas de Calais Golf Open just two strokes off the lead thanks to a brilliant 6-under 67 on day two in France.

Seeking her second win on the LET Access Series, Blum was bogey-free at Golf Saint-Omer, climbing into a share of second at 8-under par and trailing Slovenia’s Katja Pogacar (71) by two.

Victorious at the Golf Vlaanderen LETAS Trophy in June 2022, Blum is in the midst of her most consistent season to date.

The South Australian has three top-10s to date with her best finish a tie for sixth at the Smorum Ladies Open.

The 26-year-old made the turn in 2-under on Friday before unleashing a brilliant finish to rocket up the leaderboard.

Starting with back-to-back birdies at consecutive par 5s at 14 and 15, Blum birdied four of her final five holes to put herself in position to push for her second win on tour.

Currently 23rd on the LET Access Series Order of Merit with just three events left in the season after this week, a win would significantly enhance Blum’s chances of securing one of the six cards to the Ladies European Tour in 2024.

Kiwi sisters Munchin and Wenyung Keh also made the cut in France, Munchin (71) in a tie for 16th with Wenyung (73) in a tie for 28th.

At the Guardian Championship on the Epson Tour, West Australian Hira Naveed was the best of the Aussies when play was suspended in Alabama.

Naveed was 3-under through seven holes of her opening round, six shots back from American Cydney Clanton (63). New Zealand’s Amelia Garvey posted 4-under 68 to be in a tie for ninth.

Cassie Porter was 1-under through eight holes and Robyn Choi is 1-over through nine.

Photo: Courtesy LET Access Series

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