(Las Vegas) Danielle Kang and Inpy Park felt completely at home on the first day of the Bank of Hope Hole tournament on Wednesday.
Kang, who lives in Las Vegas, beat Albany Valenzuela 7 and 6. Park, who also resides in the area, had a bird in the final hole to equalize the match against Jennifer Chang.
Park, the second-biggest player in the world, came from behind to avoid her elimination in the first round of the final tournament ahead of the US Open women’s championships, which will be held next week in San Francisco.
The tournament is the first LPGA punch-hole event since the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico in 2017.
Park and Chang are in a four-man group with Celine Pottier and Gabe Lopez. Bouetier had the upper hand over Lopez 4 and 2 to secure his place in the next round.
World No. 1 Jin Young-koo beat Natalie Gulbis 4 & 2.
Canadian brooke M. Henderson narrowly lost to American Jenny Coleman. Henderson was ahead with one blow after nine holes, but Coleman came back from behind in the comeback nine. She took the lead at the age of 16e Gap.
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