Oh Holds First-Round Lead at US Women’s Amateur

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Su-Hyun Oh, 18, of Australia, shot a 4-under 66 on Monday and owns a one-stroke lead following the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being held at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club.

“I’m playing quite solid,” said Oh, a quarterfinalist at the 2013 Women’s Amateur. “Just giving myself a lot of opportunities and making a few.”

Oh, eighth in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™, carded six birdies against two bogeys. Her 40-foot birdie from off the green at the par-4 11th provided a spark to her inward nine.

“I thought, just get it somewhere there and it just went in,” said Oh, runner-up at last month’s Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship. “It felt good. I’ll take it any day.”

Oh’s 66 is tied for the third-lowest 18-hole score in championship history, and is a Nassau women’s course record. Others to card a 66 at the Women’s Amateur include Natalie Gulbis (1999), Amanda Blumenherst (2008) and Lydia Ko (2011 and 2012). Yumi Matsubara set the championship record of 64 last year at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina.

Hannah O’Sullivan, 16, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., sits in solo second at 3-under 67. O’Sullivan, who finished third at last week’s Junior PGA Championship, closed with four birdies over her final six holes.

“I just started hitting the ball better,” said O’Sullivan, who needed only 25 putts on the round. “I was putting great all day and just gave myself better opportunities and drained the putts.”

Megan Khang, 16, of Rockland, Mass., holds third position after a 68. She is followed by a quartet of players tied for fourth at 69: 2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior quarterfinalists Bethany Wu, 17, of Diamond Bar, Calif., and Andrea Lee, 15, of Hermosa Beach, Calif.; 2014 USA Curtis Cup Team member Alison Lee, 19, of Valencia, Calif.; and 2013 Girls’ Junior medalist Bailey Tardy, 17, of Norcross, Va.

Princess Mary Superal, the 17-year-old Filipina who won last month’s U.S. Girls’ Junior, returned an even-par 70. She is tied for eighth with three others, including 2014 Girls’ Junior medalist Angel Yin, 15, of Arcadia, Calif., and 20-year-old Celine Boutier, of France, a member of the Duke University women’s golf team that won the 2014 NCAA championship.


Local favorite Annie Park, 19, of Levittown, N.Y., shot 2-over 72. Park, who has been experimenting with several putters the last few weeks, wasn’t happy with the model she used in Monday’s round, which included a double bogey on the par-4 first hole.

“I thought it was going to go better today because I felt better over the putts,” said Park, who tried a face-balanced putter for the first time two days ago and plans to change to a different style for Tuesday’s second round. “I just couldn’t release the putts.”

Park is one of 16 players tied for 22nd. She is joined by four-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Stasi, 2014 Canadian Women’s Amateur champion Augusta James and 2014 Girls’ Junior runner-up Marijosse Navarro.

Defending champion Emma Talley, 20, of Princeton, Ky., struggled in the first round of her title defense. Talley, who made the cut at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open and RICOH Women’s British Open championships, carded six bogeys en route to a 76 and is tied for 86th. Others at 76 include Talley’s 2014 USA Curtis Cup teammate Erynne Lee and Mathilda Cappeliez, who made the cut at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.

The last two U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champions did not fare well on Monday. Fumie (Alice) Jo, who in July became the first player from the People’s Republic of China to win a USGA championship, carded seven bogeys and a double bogey for a 79. Lauren Diaz-Yi, the 2013 WAPL champion, withdrew with a wrist injury following her 79, which included six bogeys and two double bogeys.

Six-time USGA champion Ellen Port, who captained the victorious USGA Curtis Cup Team in June, finished at 12-over 82.

Doris Chen, the reigning NCAA Division I women’s champion and the 2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion, withdrew following nine holes, citing an ankle injury.

The 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play. The championship is scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Sunday.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.



Results from the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club:

Su-Hyun Oh, Australia 34-32–66
Hannah O’Sullivan, Paradise Valley, Ariz. 32-35–67
Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. 35-33–68
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. 33-36–69
Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. 35-34–69
Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. 36-33–69
Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga. 34-35–69
Grace Na, Alameda, Calif. 36-34–70
Princess Mary Superal, Philippines 35-35–70
Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. 37-33–70
Celine Boutier, France 35-35–70
Mariah Stackhouse, Riverdale, Ga. 35-36–71
Paige Lee, Folsom, Calif. 37-34–71
Jackie Rogowicz, Yardley, Pa. 37-34–71
Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis. 37-34–71
Brittany Marchand, Canada 36-35–71
Alexandra Rossi, Austin, Texas 36-35–71
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, Canada 33-38–71
Ashley Burke, Boynton Beach, Fla. 36-35–71
Eimi Koga, Honolulu, Hawaii 36-35–71
Portland Rosen, Sugar Land, Texas 35-36–71
Regina De Guzman, Philippines 38-34–72
Dylan Kim, Plano, Texas 36-36–72
Augusta James, Canada 35-37–72
Malia Nam, Kailua, Hawaii 36-36–72
Taylor Totland, Tinton Falls, N.J. 36-36–72
Taylor Tomlinson, Gainesville, Fla. 36-36–72
Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. 38-34–72
Liv Cheng, New Zealand 35-37–72
Avery George, Macon, Ga. 34-38–72
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. 35-37–72
Marijosse Navarro, Mexico 37-35–72
Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. 37-35–72
Simin Feng, People’s Republic of China 38-34–72
Chakansim (Fai) Khamborn, Thailand 38-34–72
Jiyoon Jang, Rancho Mirage, Calif. 37-35–72
Ember Schuldt, Sterling, Ill. 37-35–72
Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Canada 38-35–73
Karah Sanford, Escondido, Calif. 37-36–73
Alejandra Cangrejo, Colombia 37-36–73
Carly Ray Goldstein, Coral Springs, Fla. 37-36–73
Lauren Kim, Los Altos, Calif. 37-36–73
Ellen Kehoe, Campbellsville, Ky. 35-38–73
Chisato Hashimoto, Japan 38-35–73
Jing Yan, People’s Republic of China 37-36–73
Binny Lee, Frisco, Texas 39-34–73
August Kim, St. Augustine, Fla. 37-36–73
Saki Iida, Gilbert, Ariz. 37-36–73
Gaby Lopez, Mexico 38-35–73
Janie Jackson, Huntsville, Ala. 37-37–74
Elizabeth Tong, Canada 37-37–74
Sarah Burnham, Maple Grove, Minn. 38-36–74
Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. 38-36–74
Regina Plasencia, Mexico 37-37–74
Ashley Holder, Orlando, Fla. 39-35–74
Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. 35-39–74
Bronte Law, England 37-37–74
Jessica Porvasnik, Hinckley, Ohio 36-38–74
Clara Teixeira, Brazil 37-37–74
Yunjie Zhang, People’s Republic of China 36-38–74
Jennifer Coleman, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. 38-36–74
Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas 38-36–74
Lindsey Weaver, Minster, Ohio 37-37–74
Ally McDonald, Fulton, Miss. 38-36–74
Eunjeong Seong, Republic of Korea 36-38–74
Mary Chandler Bryan, Chapin, S.C. 39-36–75
Maia Schechter, Takoma Park, Md. 37-38–75
Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas 37-38–75
Raegan Bremer, Anaheim, Calif. 34-41–75
Margaret Shirley, Roswell, Ga. 37-38–75
Marika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. 34-41–75
Rebecca Klongland, Stoughton, Wis. 36-39–75
Liz Breed, Waynesboro, Pa. 38-37–75
Jordan Lippetz, Oakland, Calif. 39-36–75
Alina Rogers, Canada 37-38–75
Michelle Piyapattra, Corona, Calif. 39-36–75
Kaho Monica Matsubara, San Diego, Calif. 39-36–75
Jennifer Peng, Highland Park, N.J. 38-37–75
Kristin Coleman, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. 37-38–75
Elizabeth Doty, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. 35-40–75
Lexie Toth, Dubln, Ohio 37-38–75
Vivian Tsui, Canada 35-40–75
Katie Kirk, Davidson, N.C. 37-38–75
Haylee Harford, Leavittsburg, Ohio 37-38–75
Jordy Labarbera, Allen, Texas 38-37–75
Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky. 38-38–76
Jayde Panos, Australia 40-36–76
Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. 37-39–76
Natalie Srinivasan, Spartanburg, S.C. 39-37–76
Stephanie Lau, Fullerton, Calif. 37-39–76
Mathilda Cappeliez, France 38-38–76
Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. 37-39–76
Ale (Alessandra) Walker, Paintsville, Ky. 39-37–76
Elyse Smidinger, Crofton, Md. 36-40–76
Brynn Walker, St. Davids, Pa. 38-38–76
Kristin Dahee Chung, Republic of Korea 41-35–76
Allie Knight, Knoxville, Tenn. 40-36–76
Mallory Viera, Howey in the Hills, Fla. 38-38–76
Angella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 38-38–76
Mariana Sims, Austin, Texas 40-36–76
Sierra Sims, Austin, Texas 40-36–76
Cyd Okino, Honolulu, Hawaii 39-37–76
Krista Fenniak, Canada 38-39–77
Anna Laorr, Eden Prairie, Minn. 38-39–77
Kassidy Teare, Vista, Calif. 41-36–77
Kelly Grassel, Chesterton, Ind. 38-39–77
Jennifer Park, Carrollton, Texas 36-41–77
Latanna Stone, Ruskin, Fla. 40-37–77
Seshia-Lei Telles, Tualatin, Ore. 39-38–77
Katie Mitchell, Atlantic Beach, Fla. 39-39–78
Janet Mao, Johns Creek, Ga. 38-40–78
Mary Mulcahy, Scituate, Mass. 39-39–78
Ellen Takada, Irvine, Calif. 37-41–78
Chelsea Buford, San Antonio, Texas 35-43–78
Taylor Kim, Canada 40-38–78
Annie Swords, Newnan, Ga. 37-41–78
Lindsey Lammers, Milan, Mich. 40-38–78
Hannah Pierce, King George, Va. 39-39–78
Kaew Preamchuen, Thailand 37-41–78
Fumie (Alice) Jo, People’s Republic of China 40-39–79
Kennedie Montoya, Thatcher, Ariz. 39-40–79
Maggie Beth Byers, San Antonio, Texas 38-41–79
Lauren Diaz-Yi, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 41-38–79
Calli Ringsby, Denver, Colo. 40-39–79
Taylor Babcock, Westport, Conn. 38-41–79
Noelle Maertz, Clark, N.J. 39-40–79
Brianna Cooper, Canada 41-38–79
Hana Lee, Republic of Korea 39-40–79
Jaylee Tait, Littleton, Colo. 39-40–79
Sung Eun Park, San Diego, Calif. 39-40–79
Mercedes Huarte, Argentina 41-38–79
Molly Skapik, Miamisburg, Ohio 39-40–79
Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 38-41–79
Cassandra Deeg, Hugo, Minn. 44-35–79
Dree Fausnaugh, Maitland, Fla. 39-41–80
Carlton Kuhlo, Tallahassee, Fla. 43-37–80
Gabrielle Shipley, Hastings, Mich. 39-41–80
Brooke Riley, Manteca, Calif. 42-38–80
Julia Beck, Austin, Texas 40-40–80
Jayshree Sarathy, Palo Alto, Calif. 39-41–80
Kaley In, Bakersfield, Calif. 41-40–81
Audra Kepler, Pleasant Hill, Calif. 42-39–81
Charlotte Thomas, England 45-36–81
Jennifer Yang, Republic of Korea 40-41–81
Courtney Zeng, Orlando, Fla. 37-44–81
Dorsey Addicks, Gallatin Gateway, Mont. 41-40–81
Emily Brooks, Chapel Hill, N.C. 40-41–81
Morgan Ransom, Blacklick, Ohio 41-41–82
Ellen Port, St. Louis, Mo. 39-43–82
Rinko Mitsunaga, Roswell, Ga. 38-44–82
Shena Yang, Tampa, Fla. 40-42–82
Rylee Pedigo, Fort Worth, Texas 41-41–82
Gabrielle Yurik, Oakland, Mich. 44-40–84
Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. 42-43–85
Elizabeth Szokol, Winnetka, Ill. WD
Doris Chen, Bradenton, Fla. WD