ANA Inspiration First Round Concludes with Eun Jeong Seong T4
Eun Jeong Seong <br>(USGA Photo)
Eun Jeong Seong
(USGA Photo)

RANCHO MIRAGE, CA (March 31, 2017) -- After high winds delayed its completion on Thursday, the first round of the ANA Inspiration has come to a close and the story remains to be Eun Jeong Seong. The reigning U.S. Women's Amateur and U.S. Girls' Junior winner opened the ANA Inspiration with a 4-under 68 before play was halted yesterday and she will begin the second round tied for fourth, just one shot off the lead.

Seong only trails the 5-under trio of Karine Icher, Cristie Kerr and Caroline Masson.

Seong came flying out of the gates on Thursday at Mission Hills Country Club with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 and then a hole-in-one on the 5th hole to swiftly reach 4-under.

The ace was the 22nd in ANA Inspiration history and first in five years.

On the 8th hole Seong reached 5-under with her third birdie of the day before she gave back shots with bogeys on Nos. 10 and 12 to fall to 3-under. Looking to rebound, Seong did just that with a fourth birdie on the 15th hole.

14-year-old Lucy Li also turned in an under-par round on Thursday. The ANA Junior Inspiration winner carded a 1-under 71 with two birdies and a bogey. For Li, tied for 33rd, the birdies came on Nos. 3 and 16.

Remaining Amateurs in the Field

Paphangkorn Tavatanakit (+2; T79): The UCLA commit carded two birdies and four bogeys in the first round. The birdies dropped on Nos. 11 and 18.

Andrea Lee (+2; T79): For Lee it was a fairly mundane round of golf with three bogeys and a birdie. Lee, a freshman at Stanford, dropped in her lone birdie on the 11th hole.

Hannah O'Sullivan (+3; T88): Last years low amateur, O'Sullivan tallied a pair of birdies and five first round bogeys. The Duke commit penciled in her circles on Nos. 2 and 12.

Katelyn Dambaugh (+8; T106): The South Carolina senior could never get it going in the first round, carding 15 pars and a few unfortunate big numbers.

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