Meet Hye Park – the 15-year-old who destroyed the field during the opening round of the Australian Girls & # 39; Championship today.
The talent of RACV Royal Pines was astonishing throughout her round, reaching seven birdies on the first nine and at one point reaching 10 to 15.
She finished with an eight-under-par round of 65, a track record and accounted for a memorable five-shot lead over her closest competitor, Korean Min A Yoon.
A series of five birdies from 3rd to 7th place on the River Course at Coolangatta-Tweed Heads provided a set momentum for Park – known as Aria to her friends – to start her.
The Korean-born player, who moved to Australia three years ago, registers her refined driver and hot putter as the keys to her early success
"My putting was so great, so I wasn't so nervous," said the 15-year-old.
"I'm so happy, but the last two holes really annoyed me."
Bogies on 16 and 17 were Park's only real imperfections when her putter temporarily became cold, causing both parputts to be swept away.
"I broke it a bit long when I missed the putts."
Currently ranked world number 182 and Australia's 10th highest player, the freshman first tasted success in the Queensland Amateur for two years when she won at the tender age of 14.
Yoon, the defending Victorian Junior Masters and Junior Open champion, has an outright second place after a nice three-under-70 to start the 72-hole event.
Concord product Belinda Ji was impressive with three birdies on either side of the turn, but four bogies stopped her at the third end of the leaderboard.
Piper Stubbs and Kamyrn Dunemann each enjoyed aces, in 7th and 17th place respectively.
Victorian Piper Stubbs after recording a hole-in-one at the Australian Amateur Amateur Championship in 2019.