Annabelle Pancake

Annabelle Pancake made her LPGA debut on Thursday as an amateur in the IWiT.

SPEEDWAY - Zionsville senior Annabelle Pancake got her opportunity to play with the pros.

Pancake played in the LPGA Tour's Indy Women in Tech Championship at the Brickyard at the Crossing in Speedway on Thursday.

Pancake received a sponsor exemption to play in the event (the IHSAA allows each player in the state to have two waivers to play in non-IHSAA events in season).

Pancake

Annabelle Pancake shot a 4-over 76 in the opening round of the IWiT Championship on Thursday.

Pancake, a Clemson recruit, shot a 4-over 76 in her round.

She had a tough start to the round, bogeying 1 and 2, but came back with a birdie on 3 before recording five-straight pars.

After a bogey at 9, she came back with four-straight pars, before having a bogey on 14 and a double on 15.

The highlight of her round was on the 16th, when she eagled from the fairway rough.

She bogeyed the 17th, but came back to end her day with a long par putt on the 18th to end her day.

Pancake, playing with pros Christina Kim and Ruixin Liu, is currently tied for 120th and will start her second round at 2:20 p.m. on Friday.

Friday will be her last round in the tournament whether she makes the cut or not, and then she will be with her Zionsville teammates on Saturday afternoon at the Regional at Smock Golf Course.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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