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Pancake makes pro debut at U.S. Women's Open

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KOHLER, Wisc. (WRCB) -- The toughest test in golf appeared to be exactly that for Brooke Pancake.

The Chattanooga native made her professional debut Thursday at the daunting U.S. Women's Open, shooting a 7-over 79 in the first round at Blackwolf Run.

Pancake went without a birdie on day one while battling through five bogeys and one double-bogey. She sits in a tie for 118th place, ten shots behind the leaders.

Brittney Lincicome, Christie Kerr and Lizette Salas all shot 3-under 69 to grab the first-round lead at Blackwolf Run, which is playing as the second-longest course in Open history.

The Baylor School grad, who started her round on the back nine, bogeyed the par-3 13th hole to start a stretch of four bogeys in five holes. She made the turn at +4 before bogeying No. 1 to drop another stroke back. Her only blemish amidst seven pars in the closing stretch was a double-bogey on the par-4 5th.

Pancake, who last week was named the SEC Female Athlete of the Year, turned pro a few weeks after leading Alabama to its first NCAA national title. She graduated in May with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, then led Team USA in the prestigious Curtis Cup before playing her first event as a professional.

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