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Aztec Golfer Christine Wong Cards A 77 In First Round Of U.S. Open

Christine Wong takes a swing at the 2010 U.S. Open.
Christine Wong takes a swing at the 2010 U.S. Open.

July 8, 2010

OAKMONT, Pa. - San Diego State sophomore golfer Christine Wong (Richmond, B.C.) carded a 6-over 77 in the first round of the 2010 U.S. Women's Open Thursday at the historic par-71, 6,598-yard Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. Wong is currently tied for 73rd place with 13 other golfers, including LPGA standouts Sherri Steinhauer, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster, Anna Nordqvist and Eun-Hee Ji, who won last year's title.

Wong's first-round 77 included three birdies on the eighth, 14th and 17th holes. She also had eight pars, five bogeys and two double bogeys on the challenging course. Out of the 29 amateur golfers, Wong is tied for 10th-best along with fellow Canadian Jennifer Kirby and American Jennifer Johnson.

Only five players in the 156-golfer field are under par thus far, including day one leader Brittany Lang, who shot a 2-under 69.

Wong will once again be paired with Becky Brewerton of Wales and Joo-Mi Kim of Korea for Friday's second round, starting at 5:39 a.m. PT from the par-4, 440-yard 10th hole. The 2010 MWC Freshman of the Year will be looking to finish tomorrow's 18 holes in the top 60 overall or within 10 strokes of the leader to make the cut and advance to the final two rounds, July 10-11.

ESPN2 will provide television coverage on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. PT, while NBC will broadcast the final two rounds from noon to 3 p.m. PT.