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Seong takes women's Public Links stroke-play title
DuPont, WA (Sports Network) - The morning fog delay did not phase Eun Jeong Seong as she fired a championship-record 64 Tuesday on her way to a 4-shot stroke-play victory at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Seong began the day three shots back of leader Cindy Ha, but Seong carded eight birdies and did not record a bogey as she finished the second day at 10- under 134.
Her 64 broke the previous record set by Brittany Lang back in 2004 at Golden Horseshoe Golf Course. Seong also broke the 36-hole record of 135, which Lang set in 2004. Ariya Jutanugarn tied Lang's record in 2010 at The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame.
A total of five players ended tied for second, all of whom finished four shots back of Seong at minus-6. Alana Uriell and Caroline Inglis both fired 66s on Tuesday, while Soobin Kim and 2013 Albuquerque Women's City Golf champion Dominique Galloway each shot a 68. Gabriella Then also ended at 6-under 138 with a 70 on Tuesday.
Ha, who was a quarterfinalist at this event last year, carded an even-par 72 to finish tied for seventh at 5-under. She was joined there by Mariel Galdiano (67) and 2014 Big Sky Championship winner Aram Choi (70).
Kaci Masuda (69) ended alone in 10th at 4-under.
Last year's winner Lauren Diaz-Yi shot a 1-under 71 on Tuesday after an even- par 72 on Monday, and she finished tied for 24th at 1-under 143.
Seong began the day three back and she did not make a strong leap up the leaderboard through her first nine holes, with just two birdies at two and eight.
The back nine is where Seong made her move, starting with three straight birdies from No. 10. She then birdied 14, 16 and 18, giving her a 4-shot victory and the No. 1 overall seed in match play.
The championship continues on Wednesday with the first round of match play, as the top-64 players in stroke play advanced. Match play starts on Wednesday and lasts through Saturday's 36-hole final.
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