Local youth: Norman’s Yujeong Son, 12, opened with a 9-over 81. She’s currently tied for 102nd, but only five shots outside the current cut line.
Son, who will be a seventh-grader at Irving Middle School come August and who is the reigning 2012 U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year after winning her age division at the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, said it was a matter of controlling her emotions.
“It wasn’t my best. I shot a 43 on the back nine, which was my front nine. I got really upset over that and I think that’s why I played so badly,” she said. On the front nine, I played pretty good. I was two over. I’m not going to get upset over it.”
Praise for the course: The Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club drew positive reviews for the players.
“It’s pretty nice for a public golf course. The greens are fantastic. They rolled really well,” said Annie Park, who won the NCAA Individual title at USC last month and is tied for the lead after Monday’s opening-round 68. “The course layout is pretty good and challenging. When you’re hitting it straight, it shouldn’t be that challenging, but still it’s a nice course.”
Championship experience: There are three USGA champions in the WPAL field: Doris Chen, 20, of Bradenton, Fla. (2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior); Kyung Kim, 19, of Chandler, Ariz. (2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links); and Emily Tubert, 21, of Burbank, Calif. (2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links).
Chen is tied for the lead at 4-under after Monday’s opening round. Kim is at even par. Tubert, however, has some work to do today. She’s currently tied for 70th after opening with a 77.
Starting late: The early-moring thunderstorm did wreak a little havoc with the tournament. The first tee times were pushed back 30 minutes due to lightning in the area.
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