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

“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.


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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