It’s been a record-setting affair for Josh Armstrong and Doey Choi in the opening round of the Murray Region Open.
In bit of a unique effort , the boyfriend/girlfriend combo from Concord have carded matching mens and womens course records this afternoon at Corowa Golf Club.
Playing a group apart, Josh did the amazing, peeling off six straight birdies to finish his round at ten under – tying the course record set earlier in the day by Queensland’s Charlie Dann.
“I saw her on 13, and she asked me how I was going. She was three under and I was four, so I thought, ‘hang on! better get my butt into gear here.”
“I got ribbed after she beat me at Coffs Harbour, so I couldn’t let it happen again.”
Armstrong promptly found his zone, reeling off six straight birdies to put any thoughts of defeat by his better half firmly to rest.
“They werent all tap-ins either, I had to hole a ten-foter on the last,” he grinned.
Choi, Making her debut as a professional was just as thrilled with the record, however, acted a little less impressed knowing she was second-fiddle in the scoring stakes to her boyfriend, Josh.
” It’s not a nice one,” Choi laughed mischievously when asked the records post-round.
“I thought I was going to beat him today because I’ve been playing really well.
“But, obviously, I’m really happy for him.”
Record aside, Choi said her opening round as a professional was, on the whole, satisfying. Despite a shocker of a start, four putting the first – Choi bounced back quickly and as her course record attests, soon found her groove.
I don’t think I was nervous, maybe I was. It was just embarrassing, like OK, it was my first hole, and I fall apart.”
“I played pretty good, but left a few out there. I missed a three footer on one hole for birdie and kind of had to say to myself, you can’t miss these anyomore, they mean something.”
With the course records in the books, the pair are looking forward to a late start in tomorrow’s final round.
” I’ll probably be playing with Charlie,” Armstrong said. ” He’s a good guy and we played a bit in amateurs together.”
For Choi, tomorrow will be all about repeating today’s good thoughts.
“Hopefully I can have another good day, I’m feeling pretty good, so yeah looking forward to it. A nice paycheck will be nice,” she smiled.