The 21-year-old from Batu Pahat, Johor, got off to a good start after carding a one-under 70 to tie for 22nd place after the first round.
In today’s opening round, she had two bogeys and a birdie on the first-nine and managed to add two birdies on the 15th and 17th holes on the second-nine.
Drawn to play in the same flight with United States’ Stacy Lewis and South Korea’s Ryu So-yeon, current world number three and four respectively, Kelly felt very fortunate although she has played in other LPGA tournaments.
“Definitely. Both are great players and great human beings too. It was a pleasure to be playing with them.
“Although we play on the LPGA Tour, this is the first time I got paired with Stacy and So-yeon. It was great to see what they do on the course. It is just amazing,” said Kelly.
She hopes to build on from her best-ever start in the tournament.
“I played great all day today. I’m going to go out there tomorrow and do the same thing. All I need to do is be patient,” added Kelly.
Meanwhile, Cindy Lee-Pridgen,39, was Malaysia’s second best placed after posting a 74 to conclude the opening round in joint 59th placing.
The other three Malaysians, Michelle Koh scored a 77 for a share of 71st spot, Nur Durriyah Damian (79) and Ainil Johani Abu Bakar (80). – BERNAMA