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14-year-old starts fast in Kraft Nabisco

Angel Yin
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NEWPORT, WALES - JUNE 03: Jose Manuel Lara of Spain during the first round of the Celtic Manor Wales Open on the 2010 Course at the Celtic Manor Resort on June 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)  - 

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Angel Yin showed no youthful nerves in her fast start at the Kraft Nabisco.

She’s just 14, an eighth-grader at First Avenue Middle School in Arcadia, Calif., and the youngest player in the field, but she shot to the top of the leaderboard right out of the gate.

Yin birdied the first and second holes in her first Kraft Nabisco Championship appearance.

“I peaked at the leaderboard after the second hole,” Yin said.

Yin said she was excited seeing her name atop the leaderboard but knew she shouldn’t make too much of it.

“I pretended I didn’t look at it,” Yin said.

The round didn’t end as well as it started. Yin double bogeyed the 17th and hit her tee shot in the water at the 18th on her way to bogey. She closed with a 1-over-par 73.

“I’m actually pretty happy with my score,” Yin said.

She earned a spot in the Kraft Nabisco by winning a special junior qualifier.