Becky Kay has continued her phenomenal start to 2018, taking a four-shot lead after two rounds of the Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic at Cottesloe Golf Club on Monday afternoon.
On a difficult day for scoring many of the women struggled to stay below par, with gusty winds and persistent raining causing chaos around the field.
Kay however stayed in control, firing a one-under-par 71 in the first 18 before battling to a solid 75 in her next round.
Ending at two-over par, the star was the only competitor to shoot under par for the entire day.
The Queenslander kick-started her campaign with an eagle on the fourth, before back-to-back birdies on eight and nine catapulted her to four-under through the turn.
Three bogeys on the back nine pulled her score back, however took a three-shot lead into the afternoon session.
A mixed round followed in the afternoon, with weather conditions halting the defending champions charge. Five bogeys and three birdies was enough to hold the outright lead.
New South Wales product Doey Choi is in hot pursuit alongside local contender Kirsten Rudgeley and Stephanie Bunque, both sitting at six-over-par.
Remarkably, Rudgeley started her round with five straight bogeys, before salvaging her score with birdies at two, three, seven and eight to finish four-over-par.
Choi produced rounds of 76 and 74 to sit in a strong position going into the second day, with the leading Australian Amateur eager to clinch the title at Cottesloe.
WA Amateur Champion Abbie Teasdale is a further two-shots back at eight-over, with the in-form Royal Fremantle youngster looking for her second title in two weeks.
Maddison Hinson-Tolchard and Kathryn Norris are the other WA players inside the top 10.
Lisa Taylor leads the Mid-Amateur competition by two stokes after recording a first round 87, while Janine Northrop is the one to catch in the senior 54-hole competition, with a round of 81.