Stacy Keating shoots 63 in the 1st round of the Buick Championship at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club in China.
Stacy Keating, from Australia, posted a new course record of -9 under par 63, which included one bogey, at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club in the first round of the Buick Championship, to lead the tournament by two shots.
Stacy actually carded 10 birdies, including seven in eight holes from the seventh, with her only bogey coming on the par four 7th hole. She reported that she had played very nicely, including putting very well;
“I hit the ball nicely from tee to green but I holed a lot of putts and got a bit lucky at times.”
“When it’s your day, it’s your day I guess, I had a bunker shot at the last and it hit the pin and finished right next to it whereas on any other day it probably would have run off the green.”
“I love the course, it’s in great condition and it feels like nobody has played it. I like China and it’s very easy from Australia with not much time difference.”
Shanshan Feng is in second place following her bogey free -7 under par 65, which was the new record until Stacy came along.
Shanshan was happy that they decided to water the greens the night before the start of the competition;
“I feel very lucky that they watered the greens last night because the greens were not as firm.”
“When we were playing in the Pro-Am and practice round, I could not stop the ball on the greens, even with my wedge.”
“I think today it really helped and I had a lot of birdie chances so overall I did pretty well.”
Xiyu Lin shot an opening round of -6 under par 66 to take third place on her own.
Lin said she was just trying to play conservatively, and putted very well;
“Today I didn’t really think I could have that many birdies: I was just trying to have a good strategy and trying to hit the ball to the widest place.”
“My putting was really good and I made all the birdies from three to five yards, because I didn’t hit really close to the hole.”
“There weren’t many mistakes. I made an 18 yard birdie putt on 16, so it was a good round apart from the last hole.”
There was some excitement on the course when Victoria Lovelady .from Brazil, made a hole in one at the par three 16th, using a hybrid 5 club to ace the hole from 187 yards, winning a Buick GL8.
Another feat on the day came from Stacy Lee Bregman, who holed her second shot for an Eagle on the par-four 18th hole.
Strange fact is she actually called the play before she hit the shot;
“I didn’t play too badly and the score never reflected it. I said to my caddie, let’s finish strongly, because it would be nice not to putt.”
“I hit a gap wedge the perfect distance, 107 metres, and saw it roll into the hole. It’s always great to have an eagle to hole out for two on a par four.”