Sydney teenager Stephanie Kyriacou is a smooth round away from the biggest win of her golfing career after the amateur forged a two-shot lead with 18 holes to play in the Australian Ladies Classic.
Kyriacou produced an almost faultless display at the Bonville Golf Resort on Saturday to eclipse overnight leader Lauren Stephenson and world No.35-ranked South Korean Ayean Cho.
Buoyed by a career-best nine-under 63 on Friday which left her in outright third, two stroke shy of Stephenson, Kyriacou carded a 69 while the American and Cho faltered with rounds of 73 apiece.
Kyriacou improved to 15-under for the Ladies European Tour co-sanctioned event, Stephenson has a one shot buffer over Cho after finishing at 13-under.
The Australian started nervously with a bogey but quickly recovered to nab birdies on the second and 4th.
She faltered again with a double-bogey on the 6th but the NSW representative regrouped again to complete a faultless back nine to post the lowest three-round total in the tournament's history.
"I think this week is the first time I've shot under par on this course. I was pretty confident coming into the tournament," said Kyriacou, who is playing the event for the third time.
"I didn't have any hopes of being in contention, but I thought that my game was there."
Kyriacou said she had trouble sleeping after her 63 and had a dream that she had forgotten to mark her ball on the green.
Then nerves kicked in once the sun rose.
"When a few more people came out to watch I was a bit scared, especially over my last putt which was only two foot, but I was very nervous," she said.
"I don't think I've ever been in contention for a pro tournament, especially going into the last round, so it's pretty cool."