January 20, 2022

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Su Oh leads field on first day of maiden WPGA

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, Su Oh leads field on first day of maiden WPGA, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH
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, Su Oh leads field on first day of maiden WPGA, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

Su Oh has given the men a lesson on the greens, building a commanding lead on the first day of the maiden Australian WPGA Championship in Brisbane.

The 24-woman event is being contested alongside the Australian PGA Championship for the first time, with men and women playing in the same groups — and for equal first-place prize money — at the Royal Queensland Golf Club.

Oh had a five-under round of 66 to open an early gap on the field, leaving men’s drawcard and long-time friend Min Woo Lee taking notes after their first round.

Julienne Su was in the clubhouse at one-under while Stephanie Bunque, Brianna Gill, and Karis Davidson all made early birdies in their rounds.

LPGA member Oh began her round as the red-hot favourite after Wednesday’s late scratching of COVID-19 positive Steph Kyriacou and Sarah Kemp, who will both join her on the US tour later this year.

The Victorian has fond memories of Queensland, winning the 2015 Australian Ladies Masters in just her second professional event as an 18-year-old.

“I don’t like grain [in the greens], I don’t like the heat, so I’m glad I shot a good score and a second win in Queensland would be nice,” the 25-year-old Oh said.

“It’d be such an honour [to claim the maiden Karrie Webb Cup], it would mean a lot but I don’t want to think about it too much with three more days to go.”

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Oh has played often with two-time Greg Norman Medal winner Minjee Lee, but never with her brother Min Woo, who recently cracked the world top 50 after winning the Scottish Open.

“It was nice to play with the guys to see what shots they’ve got. Sometimes I’m like, “I hit it a lot straighter than them,” which is nice to know,” Oh said.

“We teed off at 6.45am. I got to the tee and it was surrounded. It was really nice to see, and I saw a few kids out there.

“Maybe everyone likes to get up earlier before the heat here because I can tell you in Melbourne people wouldn’t be out there at 6.45.”

Min Woo Lee endorsed the concept of the parallel men’s and women’s tournaments, too.

“It was very fun, enjoyable, and Su hit it pretty far; there wasn’t anything weird about it,” Lee, who shot a three-under 68, said.

“Su putted really well. I could probably [learn] that off her.”

20-year-old Louis Dobbelaar is the first-round leader in the men’s tournament, shooting seven-under 64. The Brisbane native, caddied by Australian tennis star Ash Barty’s fiancee Gary Kissick, leads over fellow local Aaron Pike and Jed Morgan, who are both at six-under.

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