14th February 2015 | Sunshine Ladies Tour
Pace in position in Australia
The reigning Investec Cup for Ladies champion fired a one-under-par 72 to move within three strokes of the three-way tie at the top, shared by Eun Woo Choi from Korea and Englandâ€™s Charley Hull and Holly Clyburn.
Hull and Choi both carded two over 75s and Clyburn closed with a 74.
Pace was slow off the mark at the RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast with an opening 73, but a second successive 73 moved the 33-year-old inside the top 20.
The world number 32 picked up her first birdie at the par-five third, but bogeys at the fifth, seventh and eighth saw her reach the turn two over.
She cancelled a birdie at the par-three 14th with another drop at the 15th, but birdied the 17th and eagled the par-five 18th to claim a share of 10th alongside Amy Boulden from Scotland and Swedenâ€™s Camilla Lennarth.
Second round leader Rebecca Artis signed for a 79 to fall back to three under but remained in contention, just one shot off the lead.
Norway’s Tonje Daffinrud and 18-year-old Victorian Su Oh are also at three-under after both managing to go under par for the day with one-under 72s.
Another trio of players are two shots off the lead at two-under including Gold Coast-based amateur Rebecca Kay. The 16-year-old high school student pulled off the shot of the day with a chip from light rough for eagle on the par-five 18th.
Paceâ€™s compatriot Connie Chen is tied for 30th on four over 223 after rounds of 75, 73 and 75.
PHOTO â€“ Lee-Anne Pace; credit Justin Klusener.