DUPONT, Wash. (July 15, 2014) -– Eun Jeong Seong, 14, of Korea, emerged from the morning fog and delivered a sparkling performance during Tuesday’s morning wave of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, being conducted at The Home Course.
Seong’s 8-under 64 was a blemish-free round of eight birdies. It was also a championship record, breaking the previous mark of 65 held by Brittany Lang at the 2004 championship at Golden Horseshoe Golf Course in Williamsburg, Va. Seong’s two-day total of 10-under 134 breaks the previous record of 135 held by Lang in 2004 and Ariya Jutanugarn at the 2010 championship at The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame in Indiana.
Seong showed flashes of brilliance during Monday’s first round, playing her first 15 holes at 5 under par and holding a share of the lead. However, she faded down the stretch with three consecutive birdies to close the round in a tie for fourth.
On Tuesday, Seong was able to finish what she started. Having made the turn at 2-under par, she lit on fire for the inward nine, closing with a 6-under 30 to stake her claim on medalist honors.
Seong is playing in just her second USGA championship, having previously missed the cut at the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.). She will be competing in match play for the first time in her short career.
Caroline Inglis, a rising senior at the University of Oregon, and incoming University of Arkansas freshman Alana Uriell also added their names to the WAPL record book on Tuesday. Inglis, 20, of Eugene, Ore., and Uriell, 17, of Carlsbad, Calif., both carded 6-under 66s, tied with seven others for the third-lowest 18-hole score in championship history.
Inglis, Uriell and reigning U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Gabriella Then, 18, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., are tied for second in the clubhouse at 6-under 138. Aram Choi, 22, of Canada, sits one back at 5-under 137.
Kyung Kim, the 2012 champion and a member of the 2014 USA Curtis Cup Team, struggled on Tuesday. She carded four bogeys and one double bogey, finishing at 7-over 151 and is in need of help to advance to the match-play portion of the championship.
Due to heavy morning fog, play was delayed for one hour.
The afternoon wave of 78 players includes first-round leader Cindy Ha, defending WAPL champion Lauren Diaz-Yi and Annie Park, a member of the victorious 2014 USA Curtis Cup Team.
-photo courtesy of USGA