Former Coloradan Wang shoots 75 despite rough stretch at U.S. Girls’ Junior
by Gary Baines
Former Coloradan Elizabeth Wang was even-par through 12 holes on Monday and cruising at the U.S. Girls’ Junior at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Then she took a ride on the bogey train.
Wang, a former resident of Parker now living in San Marino, Calif., bogeyed four straight holes starting on No. 13, dropping her from near the top of the scoreboard to a more tenous position.
The 2015 national Girls Junior PGA Champion finished Monday’s first round of stroke play with a 4-over-par 75, which left her in a tie for 51st place out of the 156-player field.
Wang, an 18-year-old who finished 34th in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, will need to place in the top 64 after Tuesday’s second round to advance to match play, which begins on Wednesday. She made a birdie and five bogeys on Monday.
Meanwhile, the two current Colorado residents in the field, Morgan Ryan of Centennial and Meghan Vogt of Broomfield, shot 84 and 88 in round 1, respectively.
Ryan posted 10 pars, but also had two triple bogeys. Vogt had two “2s” on her card, but also two “8s”.
Teenage sensation Lucy Li recorded a 9-under-par 62 on Monday to lead the stroke play portion of the event by four shots with one round remaining.
Here are the scores for the players with strong Colorado ties competing at Poppy Hills:
51. Former Colorado resident Elizabeth Wang 75
137. Morgan Ryan, Centennial 84
150. Meghan Vogt, Broomfield 88
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