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Public Links notebook: Former OSU player, coach returns to state as caddie

by Scott Wright Published: June 18, 2013
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Among other match-play qualifiers from the state were OU's NCAA champion Chirapat Jao-Javanil, who tied for 17th at 147 along with OSU's Kelsey Vines.

Former OU and Westmoore High School player Jade Staggs tied for 25th at 148, and OU's Taylor Schmidt tied for 51st at 152.

Lawton native Lucy Nunn, who played at Arkansas, tied for 41st at 150.

One round of single-elimination match play will be held Wednesday, with the rounds of 32 and 16 Thursday. The quarterfinals and finals will be Friday, and the 36-hole championship match is set for Saturday.

MORE THAN ONE PRE-TEEN

Lucy Li gained a lot of attention for being the second-youngest player to ever qualify for the Women's Public Links at 10 years, eight months and 16 days.

But Norman 12-year-old Yujeong Son qualified for the event as well. Son was named the 2012 U.S. Kids National Player of the Year after winning her age division in the organization's world championship last year.

She got off to a rough start Monday with an 81, and missed the cut by eight strokes after shooting 80 Tuesday.

PLAYING BY THE RULES

If you think the officials would take it easy on a 10-year-old, think again.

Li's two-round total of 148 could have been 146, which would have put her in a tie for 14th during stroke play. But she was penalized two strokes for improperly touching the putting green in front of her ball on the 12th hole Monday.

She finished the round with a 77 — but did she learn from the incident?

“Yes,” she said. “I can't do that again.”

USC TEAMMATES TIE FOR TOP SPOT

Annie Park and Doris Chen reminded golf fans why Southern Cal was the 2013 NCAA champion. The Trojan teammates pulled away from the field to tie at 8-under-par for medalist honors in the 36-hole stroke-play event. Each player shot back-to-back 68s Monday and Tuesday.

In addition, USC's Kyung Kim tied for fourth at 2 under par, and Karen Chung, an incoming freshman for the Trojans, finished 2 over par, tied for 14th.

AN ACE FOR FEARS

Lacey Fears' 7-iron made easy work of the par-3 second hole. The Bonaire, Ga., native recorded a hole-in-one on her way to a two-day total of 147, tied for 17th.