Mariko Tumangan, a 16-year-old from San Jose, Calif., picked a nice time for her first hole-in-one. Tumangan, who qualified for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open, aced the 123-yard, third hole with a pitching wedge.
“Regardless of the event, it was great,” said Tumangan, who has verbally committed to attend Stanford University in the fall of 2011. “We saw it go in. It spun back just a little to the left and it went in.”
Tumangan’s eagle started a streak of 4-under golf in a five-hole stretch. She made three consecutive birdies from No. 5, then finished with a par at the eighth and a disappointing three-putt bogey at No. 9, her last of the round. Her 2-under-par 70 was one of three sub-par scores posted on the Dogwood Course on Tuesday. She also finished in the No. 4 qualifying spot for match play, which begins on Wednesday.
“I feel great going into match play,” said Tumangan, competing in her fourth U.S. Girls’ Junior. “I’m going to go practice some putting and chipping right now. [But] I had a pretty good game today, except for a few putts that didn’t go in.”