WONJU, South Korea — Ataya Titikul shot a 9-under 63 to tie the tournament record and lead after the first round of the BMW Ladies Championship on Thursday.
She was a stroke ahead of Minsol Kim and three up on three players: A Lim Kim, Andrea Lee and Yaeeun Hong.
Titikul had 2 eagles on the 13th hole and added seven birdies without dropping any.
Three more players – Lydia Ko, Lilia Wu and Alison Lee – carded 68s and were five out of the lead.
Titikul has won twice in her first season on the LPGA Tour and is looking for more.
In addition to getting off to a fast start with a 64, Minsol Kim also played with a personal hero. It is also her first year on the tour.
“When I was young, I came as a gallery to watch BMW championships and I think Sung Eun Park was very good,” Minsol Kim said. “So it was a real honor to play alongside her today.”
Park, who has won two majors, shot a 69.