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In-form Kay sets the pace in Perth

Becky Kay
Becky Kay on the tee at Lake Karrinyup

Becky Kay continued her hot streak of form to lead the Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic in Perth by two strokes at the halfway stage.

The Queenslander was a winner in Adelaide last week, when she won the Golf SA Rene Erichsen Salver, and apparently packed her good form for the trip across the Nullabor after carding back-to-back rounds of 71 at Lake Karrinyup on Monday.

Kay’s six-under total was made all the more impressive on a punishing 36-hole day to start the tournament, and on Lake Karrinyup’s hilly lay-out, to set down a marker for the week ahead.

South Australian Ella Adams is Kay’s closest challenger, after rounds of 71 and 73, with third-placed Montana Strauss a further three shots back.

Kathryn Norris was the best of the Western Australian contingent in fifth, on one-over, while defending champion Karis Davidson is 10 shots behind Kay.

The tournament reverts to an 18-hole day on Tuesday before a fourth and final round on Wednesday.

Kay fended off the challenge of Norris at Royal Adelaide last week, when a hole-in-one at the 16th gave her the buffer for victory, and quickly set about setting a hot pace for the rest of the field to follow.

She carded seven birdies in an opening round that would have broken 70 but for a double-bogey at the par-four 18th.

Kay continued to pick up shots in the afternoon, most significantly with an eagle at the par-five 16th, although another dropped shot at the last gave the chasing pack some relief.

Adams was the best of them after she had shared the lead with Kay after the opening round before five birdies and three bogeys in the afternoon saw her slip just off the pace.

Kay’s performance was also enough to ensure Queensland led the Interstate Teams Event – she is teaming with Davidson this week – on 146 shots ahead of champions Western Australia (148).South Australian Ella Adams is Kay’s closest challenger, after rounds of 71 and 73, with third-placed Montana Strauss a further three shots back.

Kathryn Norris was the best of the Western Australian contingent in fifth, on one-over, while defending champion Karis Davidson is 10 shots behind Kay.

Norris won last year’s teams event alongside Hannah Green, who last week made her professional debut in the United States, with her new partner the recently-crowned Amateur Championships of WA winner Kirsten Rudgeley.

Sharon Dawson made a good start to the defence of her Seniors’ 54-hole title after carding an 83 to lead after the opening round.

Dawson made full use of her local knowledge with a consistent round highlighted by birdie at the par-four 14th although her advantage is only slender with a group of four players just a shot further back.

Fellow Lake Karrinyup members Catherine Witherow and Carmen Palframan sit amongst that group alongside Melville Glades duo Leanna McVey and Shirley van der Brugghen.

Robyn Guthrie (Chequers) and Peta Roberts (Lake Karrinyup) signed for 85s to add to the congestions at the top.

Palframan leads the 54-hole Mid Amateur tournament after an 84 to be a stroke better off than Peta Roberts.

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