WONJU, South Korea – Atthaya Thitikul shot a 9-under 63 to set a tournament record and lead after the first round of the BMW Ladies Championship on Thursday.
She was a stroke ahead of amateur Minsol Kim and three up on a trio of players: A Lim Kim, Andrea Lee, and Yaeeun Hong.
Thitikul had an eagle two on the 13th hole and added seven birdies without dropping a shot.
Full-field scores from the BMW Ladies Championship
Three more players carded 68s and were five off the lead: Lydia Ko, Lilia Vu, and Alison Lee.
Defending champion Jin Young Ko shot 8-over 80, which included a 10 at the par-5 18th. The world No. 1 is competing for the first time since August because of an ailing wrist injury.
Thitikul has already won twice in her first season on the LPGA Tour, and is looking for more.
Minsol Kim, in addition to getting off to a quick start with a 64, got to play with a personal hero. It’s also her first year on the tour.
“When I was younger, I actually came as a gallery to watch the BMW Championships, and I remember thinking that Sung Hyun Park was really cool,” Minsol Kim said. “So, today, to play side by side with her, it was a real honor.”
Park, who has won two majors, had a 69.