ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open. Anya Alvarez Leads February 01 2014

dragon logo darkISPS Handa New Zealand Women´s Open Anya Alvarez leads the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open at the half-way stage at the Clearwater Golf Club.

Anya Alvarez, from Oklahoma / Getty Images

Anya posted a bogey free -6 under par 66, to top the leaderboard at the half-way stage of the ISPS  Handa New Zealand Women's Open at -8 under par, a two shot lead going into the week-end. “I have never led a tournament before so this is pretty exciting, but l have to keep my head in the game. I have eighteen more holes to play tomorrow and I have worked really hard and I am very happy to finally be in this position. I think the most important thing that I did today was stay calm even when I could feel I was getting excited that I was playing well. I kept telling myself you have another hole to go the round is not over yet and to stay focused." An unwell Lydia Ko is in second place at -6 under par, she felt sick overnight and has not eaten for 24 hours, but still managed to record her second round of -3 under par 69. Lets hope that she recovers well enough to really contest her defense of this title. "I was really sick overnight, at one point I was going to withdraw but luckily I didn’t. It was a stomach bug and I went to the hospital this morning. They said it was something to do with my guts, they said that there was more wind in there than normal. I don’t really know. I thought that I would chop it out there today, but I gave myself some birdie opportunities, and when I did I got most of them so I am pretty happy. Two shots can happen over a hole. You know you can make a birdie and they can make a bogey and that is two shots right there. I am just going to play my own game. She seems like she is playing really well. Obviously I am going to try my best to win." Three ladies are sharing third place, at -5 under par, Beth Allen, Kyu-Jung Baek and Seonwo Bae are just three shots off the lead. Teenage Charley Hull had an awful second round, carding +1 over par 73, and dropped down to -2 under par for the tournament.