Amateur Choi on top at Australian Ladies Classic

New South Wales amateur Doey Choi showed her more experienced and credentialled rivals how it was done at the Pacific Bay Resort Australian Ladies Classic Bonville today, shooting a personal best 6-under par round of 66 to take the first round lead.

Choi teed off this morning in heavy showers at Bonville Golf Resort and was quickly into her stride with a birdie at the difficult opening hole. The 18-year-old proceeded to make another seven birdies in her round, offset with bogeys at the 7th and 17th holes.

Doey Choi Doey Choi (Credit: LET/Tristan Jones)

Choi, who hails from Sydney’s Concord Golf Club, had a sensational amateur season in 2018 but said she had few expectations coming into this week after not playing her best golf at last week’s ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open,

“I didn’t play good at all last week in Adelaide, I haven’t been hitting it great so it was really nice to play some solid golf today.”

The laid back youngster said she was looking forward to the next three days,

“There will be more pressure on me for sure, but I just want to try to play three solid rounds.”

In second place at 4-under are the Swedish pair of European Solheim Cup star Madelene Sagstrom and compatriot Daniela Holmqvist, who also featured on the leaderboard here one year ago.

Pre-tournament favourite West Australian Hannah Green had another solid day at the office shooting a 3-under 69, putting her in a tie for fourth place and in great shape for the rest of the week,

“It was a bit up and down. Overall I’m happy with how I struck the ball today and I hit a lot of greens, which put me in the position to have some birdie putts. Hopefully I can continue that momentum throughout the week.”

Local favourite Sarah Kemp continued her hot form of the past two weeks shooting a 1-under par71 to be well within striking distance with three rounds to go.

Credit – ALPG