U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Notebook: Long, happy day for OSU's Julie Yang

by Scott Wright Modified: June 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm •  Published: June 20, 2013
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photo - U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT: Julie Yang, Stillwater, checks in for the afternoon round of 16 during the USGA Women's Public Links championship at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course on Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT: Julie Yang, Stillwater, checks in for the afternoon round of 16 during the USGA Women's Public Links championship at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course on Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Julie Yang was ready for a good night's sleep.

The Oklahoma State sophomore played more golf than anyone Thursday — 39 holes in all — at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.

Both of Yang's matches went extra holes, but the 17-year-old came out on top in both, advancing to Friday's quarterfinal round.

“It really was a grind,” Yang said. “I'm going to need a good night's rest to get ready for another big day.

“To stay ahead, I really had to zone myself back in, because it was a long day, and it was easy to daydream.”

With the 64-player bracket reduced to eight remaining golfers, Yang will face Karen Chung, an incoming freshman at Southern Cal. Matches begin at 7:30 a.m., with Yang and Chung going off last at 8 a.m.

Winners of the four morning matches will square off in the semifinals at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Yang's first match of the day lasted 20 holes, and Yang had to rally to stay alive on the 18th.

Former OU and Westmoore High golfer Jade Staggs was 1-up on Yang coming to the 18th hole, but Staggs' ball found the creek in front of the green, ultimately sending the match to extra holes.

After both players parred the first playoff hole, Staggs again ended up in trouble with a bad lie in a green-side bunker on the par-3 second and needed two shots to get out.

Yang, who also hit a bunker, was able to salvage bogey, which was good enough for the win.

In her afternoon match, Yang watched Kelly Shon roll in a 10-foot par putt to extend their match, but Yang won it with a par on the first playoff hole.

“I was happy with my game today, but the matches were difficult, because my fellow players were also playing very well,” Yang said. “Physically, I was tired, but it was a lot more mental.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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