Kay to tee it up alongside the men at QLD Open
There is no better way for an aspiring young woman golfer to test her skills.
And taking on the men at their own game will be the supreme test of young Queenslander Becky Kay’s skills.
Becky Kay with the 2018 Riversdsale Cup (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Yet she cannot wait for the opportunity.
Kay will tee it up alongside some of the best male professionals in Australia in tomorrow’s Isuzu Queensland Open at the Brisbane Golf Club.
Already ranked one of Australia’s top-ranked female amateurs, Kay knows the size of the challenge that awaits her.
It will be the first time in the 94-year history of the Queensland Open that a female will play against the men.
“I can’t even believe it right now,” said Kay. “I think when it comes to the day I will be so nervous and excited at the same time.”
“This year has been great for my goals. I’ve won plenty of events, had the Karrie Webb Scholarship…and I’ve ticked some goals off.”
“I’ve been lucky enough to travel with Karrie Webb and her scholarship the past two years.”
“I’ve had an amazing experience with her and she has taught me so much. She is a great mentor and a friend.”
The 19-year-old Kay has had a brilliant year including back-to-back wins at the Riversdale Cup, SA Amateur and WA Amateur earlier in the year, and more recently representing Australia at the World Amateur Teams Championship in Ireland.
Kay’s first goal, like a lot of the men, will be to make the halfway cut – and that’s something no woman has achieved in any ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia tournament.
And she knows the men have a distinct advantage with the distances they hit the ball.
“(Playing off the championship tees) will definitely change the way I play the course,” she said.
“The course is going to be a lot longer and my short game will have to be on fire.”
What Kay lacks in distance she makes up for in course knowledge – training at The Brisbane Golf Club at least once a week.