Date: February 07, 2019
Author: Golf Australia

2:30pm UPDATE: Pros go low at 13th Beach

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If you love red numbers, 13th Beach Golf Links is the place to be this morning as round one of the ISPS Handa Vic Open explodes into action.

On both sides of the draw, birdies – and eagles – were the order of a very benign morning.

The women's field is led by Su Oh, the instigator of the low scores with a spectacular hole-in-one with a six-iron from 149m on the Creek Course 15th hole, the sixth of her round.

The Melburnian, runner-up here in 2015, eventually signed for a six-under-par 67 to lead by one (on a to-par basis) from Belgian Manon De Roey and Canadian Anne-Catherine Tanguay, who both had 67s on the par-72 Beach Course.

Of the pre-tournament favourites in the morning field, Georgia Hall finished at three under, while Minjee Lee was at one under, both on the Creek.

The men's side featured even more frenetic scoring.

Remarkably, 16 players carded rounds of six under or better, headed by Newcastle's Nick Flanagan at 10 under par.

Flanagan, a former US Amateur champ who's recommitted to his career in the past two years, was only two under through seven holes having teed off on the 10th of the Creek Course.

But five birdies and his second eagle of the round on the front nine catapulted him through the field.

Little-known Englishman Callum Shinkwin carded his own superb 63 on the Beach Course to hold second alone, while Kiwi James Anstiss, American Kurt Kitayama and bubbly Chilean Hugo Leon shared third on 64.

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10:30am UPDATE: She's been close to winning her state Open previously and Su Oh made her intentions clear on Thursday morning with a hole-in-one on just her sixth hole of the day.

After kick-starting her 2019 ISPS Handa Vic Open on the Creek Course's 10th hole, Oh drained a 6-iron on the par-3 15th hole.

In the process, Oh has secured a $US20,000 donation to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee from the LPGA Tour, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

With another birdie at the par-5 17th, the Victorian has stormed to 5-under par through her first eight holes, enough for a three-stroke buffer over the women's field.

Also at 5-under in the early stages are Australians Nick Cullen and Wade Ormsby, that duo one stroke clear of European Tour regulars Lucas Herbert, Stuart Manley and Beef Johnston.

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7:00am UPDATE: An unseasonal fog descended on a tranquil 13th Beach Golf Links this morning, forcing a delay to the start of the ISPS Handa Vic Open.

Play was suspended for 70 minutes with visibility minimal at the projected 7am starting time.

The only upside was a chance to take some uncustomarily moody images across courses renowned for their rugged, windswept beauty.

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