Two teenagers, Sue Oh and Annie Choi share the first round lead at the RACV Ladies Masters at the Royal Pines golf course on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Su and Annie -4 under par 69 on the Royal Pines golf course to lead the RACV Ladies Masters by just one stroke on the opening day.
18 year-old Australian amateur Su reported that she started slowly and then got into gear on the back nine;
“You know, I got off to a really slow start, I was one over after 9 and then it all kind of unfolded at the end. I’m happy with the finish.”
“I think this is my fourth time to the Australian Masters and I’m feeling pretty good. I feel quite confident to be here and this is kind of where I want to belong if I turn pro.”
Annie was devastated in 2012 when disqualified, she and her two playing partners from the first round that year were DQed after wrongly taking preferred lies in the sodden rough when misinterpreting advice from a starter.
19 year-old Annie got her score to -6 under par but unfortunately finished bogey, bogey to drop back into a share of the lead with Su.
Close behind the two leaders are a quartet of players, Holly Clyburn, Charley Hull, Caroline Martens and 2009 Champion Katherine Kirk, all at -3 under par.
Katherine arrived without her own equipment, and played her first round with borrowed clubs and clothes, the Airline responsible was un-named, but promised all her stuff would get there for the second round;
“I have been told they’re here.”
“So I’ll be getting the clubs out this afternoon and probably trying to hit a few with those, trying to get re-acquainted with them and the feel.”
“But I was fortunate, I went over to the Palm Meadows yesterday and Leigh and Peter Harrington have a fitting facility and Matt over there helped me out.”
“I think I just had a good day and got lucky I guess. I guessed a few clubs right and very unexpected but I’ll take it.”
Lee-Anne Pace, the highest ranked player this week at No. 29 on the Rolex World Golf Rankings, is at even par and tied for 22nd with Marianne Skarpnord.
Defending champion Cheyenne Woods did not start too well;
“I had two birdies, two bogeys, a lot of pars.”
“I felt like I hit the ball well, I just didn’t make a lot of putts. So hopefully tomorrow I’ll fix that and figure it all out.”