USC teammates Park, Chen lead WAPL stroke play
After the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links in Norman, Okla., USC teammates Annie Park and Doris Chen are tied atop the leaderboard at 4-under 68. Both players were members of the Trojan team that won the NCAA Championship last month.
Park, the NCAA individual champion, posted her 68 early in the afternoon. It included five birdies and a lone bogey at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club’s par-5 13th.
“My putting was pretty good,” said Park, a Levittown, N.Y., native. “I was struggling with my shots. I just couldn't hit it straight. But when I did, I made my putts.”
Chen’s card looked similar, with her bogey coming at the par-3 16th. She said she benefited from her experience at the national championship, where she finished T-15.
“I know from the mistakes I made at nationals, I just knew that I needed to get my putting done, get it improved,” Chen said.
Chen is a former USGA champion, having won the 2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior. Park advanced to the semifinals at the 2011 WAPL.
Park and Chen lead a trio of players at 3-under 69 that includes Oklahoma senior Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Stanford signee Casey Danielson and 14-year-old Mariel Galdiano.