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Minjee Lee tops Kraft Nabisco amateurs

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm •  Published: April 4, 2014
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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Minjee Lee topped the 10 amateurs in the field Friday in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, shooting a 4-under 68 to move into a tie for 19th at 1 under.

The 17-year-old Australian is the top-ranked amateur in the world and ranked 110th overall. She will be part of Australia's four-player team in the International Crown professional event in July at Caves Valley in Maryland.

Five other amateurs made the cut in the first major championship of the year.

Sixteen-year-old Canadian Brooke Henderson followed her opening 77 with a 68 to tie for 36th at 1 over. Lilia Vu, a 16-year-old from Fountain Valley in Orange County, was another stroke back at 2 over after her second straight 73. She won the KNC Champions Juniors Challenge in a playoff Monday to earn a spot in the field.

Angel Yin, a 15-year-old high school freshman from the Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia, made the cut for the second straight year. She opened with a 68 and had a 79 in the second round to drop into a tie for 54th at 3 over.

Seventeen-year-old Su-Hyun Oh of Australia was tied for 64th at 4 over after her second straight 74, and UCLA's Alison Lee had a 74 to make the cut on the number at 5 over.

Alabama's Emma Talley, the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, missed the cut with rounds of 78 and 73. Southern California's Annie Park, the NCAA champion, shot 76-78 and Clemson's Ashlan Ramsey shot 77-78. Nelly Korda, Bahamas winner Jessica Korda's 15-year-old sister, also struggled with rounds of 81 and 76.

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MAJOR TURNAROUND: Gerina Piller rebounded from an opening 77 with a 65 to jump from a tie for 82nd to a tie for 11th at 2 under.

"Just really trusting yourself and not trying to play perfect golf," Piller said. "That's what I did yesterday and you can see that did not work out as well."

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