Ace helps Aussie to tie for first place at LPGA Vic Open

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BARWON HEADS, Australia (Swing Update) – Australian Su Oh has made a hole in one shot to qualify for the under 67s and equalize for the clubhouse with Canadian Anne-Catherine Tanguay at 39. Unique Vic Open, where men's women play in alternative groups on two courses.

After starting his round on the tenth hole of the 73rd course at 13th Beach Golf Links, Oh passed the 15th hole of 138 meters of normal three with a 6 iron. Tanguay played the par-72 beach course and shot 66 times in the sanctioned tournament for the first time on the LPGA Tour.

Minjee Lee started his title defense with a under-72, while fellow Australian and seven-time winner Karrie Webb shot 73, both on the Creek course. Morgan Pressel was 3-under after a 70 on the Creek layout, as was Georgia Hall of England.

The 2003 US winner, Nick Flanagan of Australia, shot the Creek course with less than 62 out of 62 points to retain the club's first place in the men's European Tour sanctioned tournament.

James Nitties, Flanagan's roommate, American Kurt Kitayama, Hugo Leon, of Chile, and Englishman Callum Shinkwin, are tied. Andrew (Beef) Johnston shot 66 times, also on the Creek course.

Tournament officials said Nitties, who had started nine spots on the Beach course, tied a record nine consecutive draws, equaling Mark Calcavecchia's record at the 2009 Canadian Open. Unfortunately for Nitties, he doubled his fifth hole before making a birdie on the last four holes of the last nine and the first five on the front.

"I do not hold any other world record I know, so being part of it is pretty cool," joked Nitties.

The 62 was the lowest tournament round of Flanagan.

"I had some 9 subs on tour," he said. "It was very uncomfortable, but it's easy if it makes sense, which is not really the case. Some first putts dropped and I was not really trying too hard.

The start of the game was delayed by 70 minutes due to morning fog.

Oh finished 45th on the 2018 LPGA Tour Roster.

"I arrived after a good year, then two months off and I had enough rest," said 22-year-old Oh, who has fond memories of 13th Beach after finishing second in her professional debut here. . at the 2015 Vic Open. "I have done so much practice and free time, whether I play well or not, I just want to play and get proper returns."

The hole in one shot was the seventh of the competition for Oh, even though five of them came in amateur.

The beach course is played as a par 72 for both men and women; the stream is par-72 for men and 73 for women. Both courses will be used for the first two rounds of the tournament.

Next week, the Australian Women's Open, also sanctioned by the LPGA, will be held at The Grange in Adelaide, South Australia.

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