DUPONT – Eun Jeong Seong, 14, of Korea shot a tournament record eight-under par to win medalist honors by four strokes Tuesday at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at The Home Course.
Seong had eight birdies and 10 pars to break the previous mark of 65 set 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, Ind.
“Yesterday, my driver was so bad,” said Seong through a translator, fellow competitor Yeji Shin. “But today, it was so good.”
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Five players were tied for second at 6 under, including Washington Husky senior-to-be SooBin Kim.
The top 64 of 156 players after Tuesday’s round moved into the match-play portion of the tournament.
Among those advancing to match play were 11-year-old Lucy Li (tied for 26th at even par), UW Husky Jennifer Yang (2 under), defending champion Lauren Diaz-Yi (1 under), Elma’s Alexis Keating (1 over), Silverdale’s Katie Lee (3 over), Marianne Li of Bellevue and Jacqueline Bendrick (4 over) of Mercer Island.
Tied with Kim in second were Gabriella Then, the 2013 U.S. Girls champion, Dominique Galloway, Alana Uriell and Caroline Inglis.
Inglis and Uriel both shot 66, tied for the third-lowest 18-hole score in the history of this championship, which began in 1977.
Seong is playing in just her second USGA championship, having previously missed the cut at the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.
Among those missing the cut was Kyung Kim, the 2012 champion and a member of the 2014 USA Curtis Cup Team. She finished at 7 over.
The first round of match play is Wednesday, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m.
The second and third rounds will be played Thursday, followed by the quarterfinals and finals Friday and a 36-hole final on Saturday.
Admission is free.
Compiled from tournament reports.