Medalist Seong Sets WAPL Record July 15, 2014 By Christina Lance, USGA

Eun Jeong Seong, 14, of Korea, was all smiles after setting 18- and 36-hole records to earn medalist honors. (USGA/Steven Gibbons)

DUPONT, Wash. – Eun Jeong Seong, 14, of Korea, emerged from the morning fog and delivered a sparkling performance during Tuesday’s second round of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, being conducted at The Home Course.

Seong’s 8-under 64 comprised a bogey-free round with 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.

With this being the final WAPL, Seong’s incredible day of scoring is assured of being a permanent part of the USGA record book.

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 bogeys to finish the day tied for fourth.

Yesterday, my driver was so bad, said Seong through a translator, fellow competitor Yeji Shin. But today, it was so good.

On Tuesday, Seong was able to finish what she started. Having made the turn at 2 under par, she caught fire on the inward nine, closing with a 6-under 30 to stake her claim to medalist honors. She proudly said that this is the best she has ever played.

Seong is playing in 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.

Due to heavy morning fog, play was delayed for one hour. Once the fog lifted, sunny skies and light winds provided a course that was ripe for low scores.

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.

This (championship) has been my main goal for the whole summer, said Uriell, who reached match play for the first time in four USGA championships. To play well here is a really big deal for me.

Inglis and Uriell are tied for third at 6-under 138, along with reigning U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Gabriella Then, 18, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; University of Washington player Soobin Kim, 21, of Korea; and Dominique Galloway, 16, of Rio Rancho, N.M.

Lowest 18-Hole Scores At WAPL
64: Eun Jeong Seong (2014, The Home Course)
65: Brittany Lang (2004, Golden Horseshoe G.C.)
9 tied with 66s 
Lowest 36-Hole Scores At WAPL
134: Eun Jeong Seong (2014, The Home Course)
135: Ariya Jutanugarn (2010, The Warren G.C. at Notre Dame)
135: Brittany Lang (2004, Golden Horseshoe G.C.)
4 tied at 134

Following an even-par second round, first-round leader Cindy Ha, 17, of Demarest, N.J., is one of three at 5-under 137. She is joined by Aram Choi, 22, of Canada, and two-time U.S. Women’s Open competitor Mariel Galdiano, 16, of Pearl City, Hawaii.

Kaci Masuda, 18, of Honolulu rounds out the top 10 at 4-under 140.

For the second consecutive year, Lucy Li became the youngest player in the match-play bracket at the Women’s Amateur Public Links. The 11-year-old from Redwood Shores, Calif., shot a two-day total of even-par 144.

Defending WAPL champion Lauren Diaz-Yi advanced at 1-under 143. Reigning NCAA champion Doris Chen, who fell to Diaz-Yi in the 2013 final, carded a 2-over 145 to reach match play.

There was a 6-for-5 playoff for the final match-play berths, starting on the par-5 10th hole. Hannah Soderston (4), Catherine Dolan (5), Marianne Li (5), Samantha Gotcher (5) and Jacqueline Bendrick (4) advanced, while Shawn Rennegarbe three-putted for bogey from 45 feet.

Kyung Kim, the 2012 champion and a member of the 2014 USA Curtis Cup Team, struggled on Tuesday and failed to advance. She carded four bogeys and one double bogey, finishing at 7-over 151.

Other notables to miss the cut include 2011 WAPL runner-up Marissa Dodd, 2012 WAPL semifinalist Alice Jeong and Hunter Pate, who won the Girls’ 14-15 age division at the 2014 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.

The 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play. The championship is scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final at 8 a.m. PDT on Saturday.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Christina Lance is the assistant manager of championship communications for the USGA. Email her at clance@usga.org.


DUPONT, Wash. – Results from the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, being conducted at The Home Course (6,169 yards, par 72) (* = in a playoff):

Eun Jeong Seong, Republic of Korea 70-64--134
Soobin Kim, Republic of Korea 70-68--138
Dominique Galloway, Rio Rancho, N.M. 70-68--138
Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 68-70--138
Alana Uriell, Carlsbad, Calif. 72-66--138
Caroline Inglis, Eugene, Ore. 72-66--138
Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii 72-67--139
Cindy Ha, Demarest, N.J. 67-72--139
Aram Choi, Canada 69-70--139
Kaci Masuda, Honolulu, Hawaii 71-69--140
Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. 74-67--141
T. J. Kliebphipat, Panorama City, Calif. 71-70--141
Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. 69-72--141
Eimi Koga, Honolulu, Hawaii 71-70--141
Maddie Szeryk, Allen, Texas 70-71--141
Katharine Patrick, West University Place, Texas 70-71--141
Sirene Blair, South Jordan, Utah 73-69--142
Monica Vaughn, Reedsport, Ore. 75-67--142
Robynn Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif. 75-67--142
McKenzie Neisen, New Prague, Minn. 73-69--142
Jennifer Yang, Republic of Korea 72-70--142
Carly Ray Goldstein, Coral Springs, Fla. 72-70--142
Cassy Isagawa, Wailuku, Hawaii 70-72--142
Krystal Quihuis, Tucson, Ariz. 73-70--143
Lauren Diaz-Yi, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 72-71--143
Kaew Preamchuen, Thailand 73-71--144
Lucy Li, Redwood Shores, Calif. 74-70--144
Raychelle Santos, La Quinta, Calif. 74-70--144
Fumie (Alice) Jo, People's Republic of China 77-67--144
Ines Lescudier, France 72-72--144
Jacquelyn Eleey, Quincy, Mass. 71-73--144
Sydney Youngblood, Durant, Okla. 75-69--144
Grace Na, Alameda, Calif. 73-72--145
Dana Finkelstein, Chandler, Ariz. 74-71--145
Elyse Smidinger, Crofton, Md. 73-72--145
Alice Chen, Princeton, N.J. 72-73--145
Leilanie Kim, Canada 73-72--145
Doris Chen, Bradenton, Fla. 74-71--145
Sarah Cho, San Diego, Calif. 74-71--145
Alexis Keating, Elma, Wash. 74-71--145
Stani Schiavone, Bangor, Pa. 73-73--146
Wanasa Zhou, Beaumont, Calif. 75-71--146
Kristen Schelling, Mesa, Ariz. 74-72--146
Blair Lewis, La Mesa, Calif. 70-76--146
Ji Eun Baik, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 74-72--146
Nani Yanagi, Hilo, Hawaii 76-70--146
Lindsey McCurdy, Kyle, Texas 74-72--146
Robyn Doig, Canada 76-70--146
Alex Milan, Lutz, Fla. 74-72--146
Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas 71-76--147
Katie Lee, Silverdale, Wash. 76-71--147
Alice Kim, Honolulu, Hawaii 71-76--147
Lydia Gumm, Radcliff, Ky. 77-70--147
Rose Huang, Honolulu, Hawaii 76-71--147
Isabella Lambert, Big Bend, Wis. 72-75--147
Sarah Bae, Pinehurst, N.C. 74-73--147
Luciane Lee, Brazil 72-75--147
Harley Dubsky, Valparaiso, Ind. 73-74--147
Abby Newton, Katy, Texas 73-74--147
*-Hannah Sodersten, Fresno, Calif. 73-75--148
*-Samantha Gotcher, Clarksville, Tenn. 73-75--148
*-Catherine Dolan, Ballwin, Mo. 75-73--148
*-Marianne Li, Bellevue, Wash. 76-72--148
*-Jacqueline Bendrick, Mercer Island, Wash. 77-71--148

Failed to Qualify

*-Shawn Rennegarbe, Addieville, Ill. 74-74--148
Cyd Okino, Honoulu, Hawaii 72-77--149
Alice Jeong, Gardena, Calif. 75-74--149
Hallie Getz, Pierre, S.D. 77-72--149
Brenna Lervick, Chanhassen, Minn. 74-75--149
Marissa Dodd, Allen, Texas 77-72--149
Terese Romeo, Tampa, Fla. 74-75--149
Victoria Fallgren, Lakewood, Calif. 76-73--149
Marika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. 76-73--149
Waverly Whiston, San Diego, Calif. 76-73--149
Christina Yang, Suwanee, Ga. 72-77--149
Alisha Matthews, St. Louis, Mo. 76-74--150
Alyssa Shimel, Perrysburg, Ohio 79-71--150
Lauren Grogan, Columbus, Ohio 75-75--150
Kaitlen Parsons, Greenacres, Wash. 76-74--150
Nicole Budnik, The Woodlands, Texas 75-75--150
Kyung Kim, Chandler, Ariz. 74-76--150
Hannah Wood, Centennial, Colo. 73-77--150
Elyse Archambault, Canada 78-72--150
Shelby Thompson, Dover, Ohio 76-74--150
Lily Pendy, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. 74-76--150
Michelle Kim, Canada 73-77--150
Ashleigh Park, Mission Viejo, Calif. 75-75--150
Elsa Moberly, Science Hill, Ky. 77-74--151
Saki Iida, Gilbert, Ariz. 76-75--151
Carly Ragains, Highland Village, Texas 76-75--151
Meghan Shain, Bakersfield, Calif. 77-74--151
Carly Simpson, Corona, Calif. 75-76--151
Camille Orito, Fresno, Calif. 76-75--151
Madison Opfer, Plant City, Fla. 79-73--152
Patricia Wong, Walnut, Calif. 77-75--152
Angella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 79-73--152
Angie Varona, Argentina 78-74--152
Mikayla Tatman, Fort Collins, Colo. 75-77--152
Alisaundre Morallos, Long Beach, Calif. 75-77--152
Emily Brooks, Chapel Hill, N.C. 79-73--152
Torey Johnson, Conway, S.C. 78-75--153
Clare Sorensen, Roseville, Calif. 77-76--153
Taylor Stockton, Houston, Texas 76-77--153
Lucy Nunn, Lawton, Okla. 76-77--153
Bryce Schroeder, Wichita, Kan. 75-78--153
Emily Mahar, Australia 77-76--153
Kassidy Teare, Vista, Calif. 80-73--153
Minami Levonowich, Katy, Texas 76-77--153
Haley Dunn, Layton, Utah 77-76--153
Taylor Ledwein, New Prague, Minn. 78-75--153
Elle Nichols, Okemos, Mich. 77-76--153
Lauren Kim, Austin, Texas 78-76--154
Hunter Pate, Las Vegas, Nev. 81-73--154
Jacqueline Shelly, Fernandina Beach, Fla. 76-78--154
Caryn Khoo, New Zealand 79-75--154
Megan Furnish, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 81-74--155
Amy West, Valrico, Fla. 76-79--155
Katelyn Wright, Incline Village, Nev. 77-78--155
Taylor Dorans, Erie, Colo. 78-77--155
Kailie Vongsaga, Walnut, Calif. 80-75--155
Maria Melania Bajo Geijo, Argentina 79-76--155
Yeji Shin, Norwood, N.J. 78-77--155
Jennifer Yu, Huntington Beach, Calif. 79-77--156
Megan Kim, Redondo Beach, Calif. 78-78--156
Anina Ku, Basking Ridge, N.J. 80-76--156
Jordyn Deardorff, Glendale, Ariz. 77-79--156
Elizabeth Doykan, Houston, Texas 83-73--156
Grace Kil, Arlington Hts., Ill. 78-78--156
Noelle Maertz, Clark, N.J. 78-78--156
Taryn Yee, Sacramento, Calif. 76-80--156
Ashley Dingman, Lorton, Va. 81-75--156
Blaise Carabello, Charleston, S.C. 79-77--156
Katie Sharp, Kendallville, Ind. 76-80--156
Monet Flores, Litchfield Park, Ariz. 78-79--157
Ashley Malinchak, Parkland, Fla. 78-79--157
Jessie Sindlinger, Charles City, Iowa 79-78--157
Jackie Galloway, Rio Rancho, N.M. 82-76--158
Kayla Sciupider, Etowah, N.C. 82-77--159
Tina Chang, Mineola, N.Y. 79-80--159
Laura Kraft, Jamestown, N.D. 81-79--160
Jordan Keyser, Ahwahnee, Calif. 78-82--160
Haliee Pieper, Watertown, S.D. 82-78--160
Brooke Kochevar, Glen Ellyn, Ill. 86-74--160
Pim Thirati, Chicago, Ill. 81-80--161
Ju Hee Bae, Chantilly, Va. 78-84--162
Sierra Campbell, Rio Rancho, N.M. 83-80--163
Kristen Cline, Socorro, N.M. 83-81--164
Shaebug Scarberry, Purcell, Okla. 86-78--164
Alyssa Morahan, North Reading, Mass. 81-84--165
Kendall Gray, Federal Way, Wash. 85-82--167
Natalie Mu, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. 86-82--168
Hui Chong Dofflemyer, Belvidere, Ill. 89-80--169
Julianne Lee, York, Pa. 85-85--170
Mariah Peters, Blue Springs, Mo. 92-82--174
Aneka Seumanutafa, Kapolei, Hawaii 78-DQ--DQ
Tara Green, Harrisville, Utah 79-DQ--DQ


DuPont, Wash. -- Pairings and starting times for Wednesdays first round of match play at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship being conducted at The Home Course. (All times PDT)

Upper Bracket

8:30 a.m. - Eun Jeong Seong, Republic of Korea (134) vs. Samantha Gotcher, Clarksville, Tenn. (148)
8:39 a.m. - Sydney Youngblood, Durant, Okla. (144) vs. Grace Na, Alameda, Calif. (145)
8:48 a.m. - Eimi Koga, Honolulu, Hawaii (141) vs. Alex Milan, Lutz, Fla. (146)
8:57 a.m. - Monica Vaughn, Reedsport, Ore. (142) vs. Wanasa Zhou, Beaumont, Calif. (146)
9:06 a.m. - Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii (139) vs. Rose Huang, Honolulu, Hawaii (147)
9:15 a.m. - Krystal Quihuis, Tucson, Ariz. (143) vs. Doris Chen, Bradenton, Fla. (145)
9:24 a.m. - Aram Choi, Canada (139) vs. Harley Dubsky, Valparaiso, Ind. (147)
9:33 a.m. - Lauren Diaz-Yi, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (143) vs. Robyn Doig, Canada (146)
9:42 a.m. - Alana Uriell, Carlsbad, Calif. (138) vs. Jacqueline Bendrick, Mercer Island, Wash. (148)
9:51 a.m. - Ines Lescudier, France (144) vs. Leilanie Kim, Canada (145)
10 a.m. - Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. (141) vs. Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas (147)
10:09 a.m. - Robynn Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif. (142) vs. Kristen Schelling, Mesa, Ariz. (146)
10:18 a.m. - Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (138) vs. Hannah Sodersten, Fresno, Calif. (148)
10:27 a.m. - Raychelle Santos, La Quinta, Calif. (144) vs. Elyse Smidinger, Crofton, Md. (145)
10:36 a.m. - Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. (141) vs. Katie Lee, Silverdale, Wash. (147)
10:45 a.m. - McKenzie Neisen, New Prague, Minn. (142) vs. Stani Schiavone, Bangor, Pa. (146)

Lower Bracket

10:54 a.m. - Soobin Kim, Republic of Korea (138) vs. Marianne Li, Bellevue, Wash. (148)
11:03 a.m. - Kaew Preamchuen, Thailand (144) vs. Dana Finkelstein, Chandler, Ariz. (145)
11:12 a.m. - Maddie Szeryk, Allen, Texas (141) vs. Sarah Bae, Pinehurst, N.C. (147)
11:21 a.m. - Sirene Blair, South Jordan, Utah (142) vs. Nani Yanagi, Hilo, Hawaii (146)
11:30 a.m. - Cindy Ha, Demarest, N.J. (139) vs. Lydia Gumm, Radcliff, Ky. (147)
11:39 a.m. - Lucy Li, Redwood Shores, Calif. (144) vs. Alice Chen, Princeton, N.J. (145)
11:48 a.m. - Kaci Masuda, Honolulu, Hawaii (140) vs. Luciane Lee, Brazil (147)
11:57 a.m. - Jennifer Yang, Republic of Korea (142) vs. Lindsey McCurdy, Kyle, Texas (146)
12:06 p.m. - Dominique Galloway, Rio Rancho, N.M. (138) vs. Catherine Dolan, Ballwin, Mo. (148)
12:15 p.m. - Jacquelyn Eleey, Quincy, Mass. (144) vs. Sarah Cho, San Diego, Calif. (145)
12:24 p.m. - Katharine Patrick, West University Place, Texas (141) vs. Alice Kim, Honolulu, Hawaii (147)
12:33 p.m. - Carly Ray Goldstein, Coral Springs, Fla. (142) vs. Ji Eun Baik, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (146)
12:42 p.m. - Caroline Inglis, Eugene, Ore. (138) vs. Isabella Lambert, Big Bend, Wis. (147)
12:51 p.m. - Fumie (Alice) Jo, People's Republic of China (144) vs. Alexis Keating, Elma, Wash. (145)
1 p.m. - T. J. Kliebphipat, Panorama City, Calif. (141) vs. Abby Newton, Katy, Texas (147)
1:09 p.m. - Cassy Isagawa, Wailuku, Hawaii (142) vs. Blair Lewis, La Mesa, Calif. (146)