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Amateur Doey Choi Outguns Pros at Bonville

Choi in full flight this morning (Photo: Golf NSW)
Sydney amateur, Doey Choi, has bettered the professionals on the opening day of the Pacific Bay Resort Australian Ladies Classic Bonville, the 19-year old from the Concord Golf Club out in the morning field and compiling a very impressive round of 66 to lead by two over Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom and Daniela Holmqvist.

Choi, the current Queensland and NSW Women’s Amateur Champion, recorded eight birdies in her round on a golf course softened by overnight rain but which played so well despite the intermittent showers throughout much of the morning.

“It is probably my best round that one,” said Choi who has put together many superb rounds in a career that has already yielded many impressive titles in amateur golf.

“I didn’t play too good last week so the confidence wasn’t too high so it was nice to play some golf today."

A practice round with Karrie Webb at last week’s Women’s Australian Open may have been just the tonic for Choi to get things on track and she certainly did that today.

“I’ve always like it since I was a junior and have always liked coming back here so that always helps in playing good golf,” added Choi referring to her feelings on the Bonville layout.

Sagstrom is an impressive player who has already played Solheim Cup for the European side, having been one of Captain Annika Sorenstam’s picks in 2017. She might not have done enough to be playing the LPGA Tour in Thailand this week but she has retained her status for that tour and is clearly one of the more credentialed players in this field.

Her round of 68 was matched by her countrywoman, Holmqvist who boasts quite a sporting pedigree. Her father played for the Sweden Soccer team on many occasions. Following missed cuts at both the Women’s Vic and Australian Opens this was an encouraging return to form for the 30-year-old.

Australia’s leading-ranked player in the field, Hannah Green, began her morning round well, lost her way with several three-putts in the middle but then came home strongly for a round of 69 to be well placed after the opening day.

Green finished 10th last week at the Women’s Australian Open and having safely retained her LPGA Tour status through her rookie season last year she remains one of the players to watch over the next 54 holes.

Also at 3 under 69 is another West Australian in Whitney Hillier who shares 4th place with Sweden’s Jenny Haglund and Spain’s Nuria Itturios.

One of the pre-tournament favourites Sarah Kemp, who finished runner-up at the recent Vic Open and then 10th last week in Adelaide, has made a reasonable start with a round of 71 to be sharing 11th place with, amongst others, the event’s leading world ranked player, Anne Van Dam, of the Netherlands.

23 players broke par on day one of the 72-hole event, sanctioned between the Ladies European and ALPG Tours.

The day, however, would belong to the impressive Choi who has taken full opportunity to play against some of Europe’s better players and outperformed them - on day one at least.

Hannah Green

     

 

  

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