Su Oh taught the men a lesson on the greens, building a sizable lead on day one of the inaugural WPGA Australian Championship in Brisbane.
- Oh shot a round of 66 to five pennies on the opening day of the Brisbane tournament
- Favorites Steph Kyriacou and Sarah Kemp withdrew due to positive COVID-19 tests
- Min Woo Lee, who recently won the Scottish Open, achieved a 68-year-old three-under in the men’s competition
The 24-woman event is played for the first time alongside the Australian PGA Championship, with men and women playing in the same groups – and for an equal first place – at the Royal Queensland Golf Club.
Oh had a five-under 66 turn to open an early lead on the field, leaving the men’s draw card and his longtime friend Min Woo Lee to take notes after their first round.
Julienne Su was in the one-slot clubhouse while Stephanie Bunque, Brianna Gill and Karis Davidson all birdied early in their rounds.
Oh, a member of the LPGA, began her tour as a red favorite after the late Wednesday scratch of COVID-19 positive Steph Kyriacou and Sarah Kemp, who will both join her on the U.S. tour later this year.
The Victorian has fond memories of Queensland, winning the 2015 Australian Ladies Masters in her second professional event at the age of 18.
“I don’t like cereals [in the greens], I don’t like the heat so I’m glad I had a good score and a second win in Queensland would be nice, ”said 25-year-old Oh.
“It would be such an honor [to claim the maiden Karrie Webb Cup], that would mean a lot but I don’t want to think too much about it with three more days. “
Oh has often played with two-time medal winner Greg Norman, Minjee Lee, but never with her brother Min Woo, who recently reached the world top 50 after winning the Scottish Open.
“It was nice playing with the guys to see what shots they’ve got. Sometimes I’m like, ‘I hit a lot straighter than them,’ which is good to know,” Oh said.
“We played at 6:45 am. I got to the tee and he was surrounded. It was really nice to see and I saw a few kids there.
“Maybe everyone likes to get up earlier before the heat here because I can tell you in Melbourne people wouldn’t be there at 6:45 am.”
Min Woo Lee also endorsed the concept of the parallel men’s and women’s tournaments.
“It was a lot of fun, nice, and Su hit it pretty far; there was nothing weird about it,” said Lee, who shot a 68-year-old three-under.
“Su rode really well. I probably could [learn] that of her. “
Brisbane local Aaron Pike shot a six-under-65 to take the lead in the men’s competition. Dylan Perry was in the clubhouse one shot behind, while Brad Kennedy finished four under.
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