Amateur Seong (68) has memorable major debut

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – South Korean amateur Eun Jeong Seong already knows what it’s like to make the leap into Poppie’s Pond.

Seong made the jump after winning the AJGA’s ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior last year. She moved into early position Thursday at the ANA Inspiration to try to do it again Sunday.

Seong, 17, made her major championship debut memorable. She aced the fifth hole with a 6-iron from 182 yards in the first round.


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The hole-in-one helped vault her into early contention with a 4-under-par 68, which left her a shot behind leader Karine Icher when high winds suspended play.

Jeong is looking to add to her already impressive resume. She won the U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Women’s Amateur last summer, becoming the first player to sweep those titles in the same year. She also won the U.S. Girls’ Junior in 2015.

“That was a good memory today,” Seong said. “I’ll just keep going tomorrow.”