Kay records course record on #WAAP

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If you want to know the secret to shoot the best lap of your life, Becky Kay has the answer.

"Japanese sweets."

"Oh, and making a lot of birdies".

The Gold Coaster rewarded itself with a & # 39; treat & # 39; after each birdie, which led to an opening round-record 64 at The Royal Golf Club in Japan today.

A bogey-free eight under finish sees the 20-year-old taking the direct lead after round one of the Women & # 39; s Amateur Asia-Pacific, with defending champion Atthaya Thitikul a single shot back.

"Eight under is my best lap and it's pretty special," said the Queensland Academy of Sport gym.

"First round of a big tournament, so I really got up to be in the race.

"I think it was a chocolate bar. Honestly, I don't know what I'm eating here because it's in Japanese, but it was yum."

Kay was brilliant in peeling six birdies in her first opening in nine holes (10-18) to stretch the field early.

The World 135 managed to defy the "potato chip-shaped greens", and made several coupling puttins including a 35ft bomb on the par-4 second hole.

"I put long putts in the well, but I noticed that if you missed them, they would go about four feet further and then it was a slippery one coming back," she said.

"My last hole, I put (my first putt) on four-foot and it was downhill from right to left, my heart beat a bit."

With the winner receiving invitations to two majors – Women & # 39; s British Open and the Evian Championship – and the Augusta Women & # 39; s National Championship, Kay is well aware of what a great start means.

"I have placed myself in a position where I really have the chance to play two majors, and that is my dream come true.

"I know there are so many good players here, so I just have to stick to my own game and see what happens."

Australia & # 39; s highest ranked female amateur Grace Kim started the day slowly and fell early in the second hole before flying home with three birdies for a two-under-par 70 round on T12.

"I have been able to scramble a lot today," said the recipient of the recent Karrie Webb grant.

"I missed a few shots, but I helped myself up and down"

West Australian Maddison Hinson-Tolchard managed to overcome "huge nerves" above her opening thrust to sign for an even par-round.

Also with that brand is Doey Choi and Julienne Soo, with Soo unfortunately compensates four great birdies with matching bogies.

Steph Kyriacou fought hard but was unable to converge putts, one ending to it.

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