Hannah O'Sullivan (left) and her partner<br>Robynn Ree (Photo by Steven Gibbons/USGA)
Hannah O'Sullivan (left) and her partner
Robynn Ree (Photo by Steven Gibbons/USGA)
BANDON, Ore. — The young guns are out in front at the inaugural U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball, as the teams of Robynn Ree/Hannah O'Sullivan and Athena Yang/Kendall Griffin carded 66 at Pacific Dunes on Saturday to lead stroke play qualifying.

Ree and O'Sullivan, who will be teammates at USC in two years, got off to a roaring start with five birdies in their first six holes, including four in a row from holes 3 to 6. Ree, of Redondo Beach, Calif., will enroll at USC this fall while O'Sullivan, of Chandler, Ariz., will be a Trojan in the fall of 2016.

Also shooting 66 were Flordian high-schoolers Yang and Griffin, who would have held the outright lead after round one if it weren't for a bogey on the 18th hole. Their round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-five fourth hole. Griffin, of Sebring, has committed to play for LSU in 2017 while Yang, of Winter Haven, will graduate in 2016 and has not yet committed.

The 12-year-old phenom Lucy Li, alongside her partner Kathleen Scavo, are tied for third place at 67 while the No. 1 ranked junior in the nation, Angel Yin of Arcadia, and her partner Muni He of China are tied for fifth place at 68.

18 more holes of stroke play will conducted Sunday before the top 32 teams will move on to match play, beginning on Monday at Pacific Dunes.

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ABOUT THE U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball

The U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball, the newest USGA championship, was played for the first time in 2015 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon. It immediately became one of the USGA's most popular tournaments. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those women with a Handicap Index of 14.4 or lower. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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