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.
“For me, I'm here to enjoy every day, because if you don't have fun, it's going to feel really long. I had fun today, even though I was physically tired.”
JAO-JAVANIL'S RUN DERAILED ON BACK 9
Oklahoma's Chirapat Jao-Javanil, the 2012 NCAA champion, had a putt from inside of 8 feet on the 13th green that would have put her 2-up and in control of her match against Raychelle Santos of Gonzaga in Thursday's round of 16.
But the birdie putt missed, and Jao-Javanil couldn't recover.
She bogeyed the next three holes, while Santos recorded all pars. They halved No. 17 to give Santos the win, 2-and-1.
A YOUNG WOMAN'S GAME
The average age of the 156 players who qualified for the Women's Public Links this week was 19.14 years old.
At 21, OU golfer Anne-Catherine Tanguay is the oldest player among the eight who reached the quarterfinals on Thursday, while six of the eight are still teenagers. Sixteen-year-old Cindy Ha of Demarest, N.J., is the youngest player left. She also recorded an ace on No. 12 Thursday, hitting an 8-iron on the 141-yard hole.
NUNN FALLS IN ROUND OF 32
Lawton native Lucy Nunn, who played collegiately at Arkansas, got off to a strong start in the match play tournament, but saw her run end Thursday.
Nunn won her opening-round match 5-and-4 Wednesday, but was eliminated in the round of 32 by Grace Na of Alameda, Calif., 2-and-1.
LONG AND SHORT OF IT
Yang's 20-hole win over Staggs was the day's second-longest match, with Karen Chung defeating Catherine Dolan in 21 holes to advance to Thursday afternoon's round of 16.
Krystal Quihuis defeated Louise Yi in the event's shortest match so far, recording a birdie on No. 12 to go 8 up with 6 holes remaining.