Being the first woman to ever play the Queensland Open brought with it all sorts of pressure for Becky Kay.
But the 19-year-old amateur has chalked it up as a money-can’t-buy experience, despite missing the cut at Brisbane Golf Club on Friday.
The Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club member paired rounds of 75 and 77 to finish 10-over and tied for 113th in an event previously won by the likes of Greg Norman and Peter Senior.
At just 55kg, Kay routinely gave away more than 60 metres off the tee to the other 131 males in the field.
But her deft short game was there to see, as it had been during her historic qualification round for the event last weekend.
The teenager admitted nerves got the better of her after she had graced back pages of newspapers and dominated social media in the lead-up to the event.
But Kay said that was all part of the fun as she continued her push to turn professional.
“It was amazing,” she said.
“Leading up to the tournament starting I had so much media, it was pretty full on but a great experience.
“I had a lot of fun doing it … I didn’t play as good as I wanted to, definitely could have done a lot better.
“But it was surreal to see that (support) … and beneficial for the future.”
Fellow amateur Zach Murray retained his overnight lead, but will share it with two others when he begins day three in pursuit of some history of his own.
Never before has an amateur won back-to-back Australasian titles in the modern era, but Murray is positioned well after continuing the hot form that netted him the WA Open last week.
Murray managed a one-under 70 to move to seven-under before being joined by Adam Blyth and Jordan Zunic, who had two and three-under-par rounds respectively.
Daniel Fox set the pace on Friday, the West Australian matching Murray’s round one efforts to equal the course record of 65, moving him to two-under and back into contention.
And Ryan Woodward was smiling after acing the seventh hole, his perfect eight-iron from 130-metres the highlight on his way to a 70.