Stroke-play medalist Danielle Kang trailed after 15 holes in the opening round of match play in the U.S. Girls Junior Championship before prevailing on the final hole against Colombia’s Alejandra Cangrejo on Wednesday.
Kang, from Thousand Oaks, Calif., tied the match on the 16th hole and then used a par on No. 18 to pull out a 1-up victory at The Country Club of North Carolina.
She’ll be among 32 players in Thursday’s second round. Those winners will play another round Thursday to cut the field to eight.
Megan Khang, a 12-year-old from Rockland, Mass., advanced by winning her first-round match 2-up against Emily Wright of Mason, Ohio. 2007 champion Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif., was a 4 and 3 winner against Alexandra Newell of Tampa, Fla.