Wu is Medalist at US Women’s Amateur

words: USGA

Bethany Wu, 17, of Diamond Bar, Calif., returned a 36-hole total of 3-under 137 to earn medalist honors at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club.

Wu started Tuesday’s second round of stroke-play qualifying with a bang, sticking her 8-iron tee shot at the par-3 10th to 5 inches. She bogeyed the ensuing hole, but proceeded to birdie three of her next four holes. At one point, Wu had reached 5 under and held a three-shot lead. Wu, who has committed to UCLA for the fall of 2015, finished with a 2-under 68 to finish one stroke ahead of first-round leader Su-Hyun Oh, 19, of Australia, and Andrea Lee, 15, of Hermosa Beach, Calif.

“Going to the back nine, I was thinking, ‘Don’t make any mistakes,’” said Wu, the runner-up at last week’s Junior PGA Championship and a quarterfinalist two weeks ago at the U.S. Girls’ Junior in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Wu did make a few mistakes, as consecutive bogeys at Nos. 7 and 8 saw her lead trimmed. But Wu closed out with a par at the ninth to earn the top seed for the 64-player match-play draw.

“(Earning medalist honors is) good for me because I’ve beat really top players here through stroke play,” said Wu.

Lee and Oh tied for second at 2-under 138. Lee double-bogeyed the par-4 11th (her second hole), but more than made up the deficit with three birdies on her second nine, finishing at 69. Oh carded three bogeys and a birdie for a 72.

Four players tied for fourth at 140: Dylan Kim, 17, of Plano, Texas; Celine Boutier, 20, of France; Alison Lee, 19, of Valencia, Calif.; and Megan Khang, 16, of Rockland, Mass.

Defending champion Emma Talley needed a major second-round comeback to ensure her title defense would continue. After a 6-over 76 on Monday, Talley, 20, of Princeton, Ky., returned an even-par 70 to easily advance.

“I knew that today was a big day,” said Talley, who sank the winning putt for the USA at June’s Curtis Cup Match at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club. “I got 1 over at one point, and I knew I just needed to stick with my game.”

Talley admitted to losing some control of her driver during the round, saying she was “blowing out” on occasion. She opted to leave the club in the bag on her inward nine, relying on her 3-wood instead.

Local favorite Annie Park wasn’t so fortunate. The 19-year-old from Levittown, N.Y., missed the cut after shooting a 7-over 79 to finish at 9-over 149, one stroke off the match-play cut. Admitting to putting struggles, Park, the 2013 NCAA Division I champion and a 2014 USA Curtis Cup player, made five bogeys as well as a double-bogey-6 at the 14th.

“I couldn’t make any putts, so then I had more pressure into my shots to get it closer,” said Park. “But obviously that’s not going to work.

“Toward the back, I was trying to get it back together, but nothing was falling in. It was just that day.”

Karah Sanford, 12, of Escondito, Calif., birdied her final two holes to earn a berth in the match-play bracket. Sanford, the youngest player in the Women’s Amateur field, becomes the fourth 12-year-old to advance to match play, joining Pearl Jin (2007), Lexi Thompson (2007) and Hannah O’Sullivan (2011). Thompson advanced the furthest, reaching the quarterfinals.

Notables to miss the cut include four-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Stasi (149), 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Gabriella Then (155), six-time USGA champion and 2014 USA Curtis Cup Captain Ellen Port (156), 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion Fumie (Alice) Jo (157) and 2011 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Martha Leach (158).

The cut came at 8-over 148, leaving an 8-for-3 playoff to determine the final match-play qualifiers. Two holes were completed before play was suspended due to darkness, with three players eliminated. Michelle Piyapattra, Mariana Sims, Haylee Harford, Lakareber Abe and Mary Chandler Bryan will resume the playoff Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. EDT.

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 second 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 (* = in a playoff):

Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. 69-68–137
Su-Hyun Oh, Australia 66-72–138
Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calf. 69-69–138
Dylan Kim, Plano, Texas 72-68–140
Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. 69-71–140
Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. 68-72–140
Celine Boutier, France 70-70–140
Grace Na, Alameda, Calif. 70-71–141
Mariah Stackhouse, Riverdale, Ga. 71-70–141
Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis. 71-70–141
Eunjeong Seong, Republic of Korea 74-67–141
Bronte Law, England 74-68–142
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, Canada 71-71–142
Jessica Porvasnik, Hinckley, Ohio 74-68–142
Princess Mary Superal, Philippines 70-73–143
Sarah Burnham, Maple Grove, Minn. 74-69–143
Ashley Burke, Boynton Beach, Fla. 71-72–143
Jiyoon Jang, Rancho Mirage, Calif. 72-71–143
Portland Rosen, Sugar Land, Texas 71-72–143
Ember Schuldt, Sterling, Ill. 72-71–143
Alejandra Cangrejo, Colombia 73-71–144
Carly Ray Goldstein, Coral Springs, Fla. 73-71–144
Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. 70-74–144
Lauren Kim, Los Altos, Calif. 73-71–144
Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. 76-68–144
Taylor Totland, Tinton Falls, N.J. 72-72–144
Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. 76-68–144
Taylor Tomlinson, Gainesville, Fla. 72-72–144
Brittany Marchand, Canada 71-73–144
Alexandra Rossi, Austin, Texas 71-73–144
Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga. 69-75–144
Gaby Lopez, Mexico 73-71–144
Hannah O’Sullivan, Paradise Valley, Ariz. 67-78–145
Liz Breed, Waynesboro, Pa. 75-70–145
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. 72-73–145
Yunjie Zhang, People’s Republic of China 74-71–145
Jennifer Coleman, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. 74-71–145
Marijosse Navarro, Mexico 72-73–145
Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas 74-71–145
Simin Feng, People’s Republic of China 72-73–145
Saki Iida, Gilbert, Ariz. 73-72–145
Angella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 76-69–145
Ally McDonald, Fulton, Miss. 74-71–145
Eimi Koga, Honolulu, Hawaii 71-74–145
Jordy Labarbera, Allen, Texas 75-70–145
Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Canada 73-73–146
Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky. 76-70–146
Elizabeth Tong, Canada 74-72–146
Augusta James, Canada 72-74–146
Raegan Bremer, Anaheim, Calif. 75-71–146
Paige Lee, Folsom, Calif. 71-75–146
Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. 74-72–146
Jing Yan, People’s Republic of China 73-73–146
Elizabeth Doty, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. 75-71–146
Seshia-Lei Telles, Tualatin, Ore. 77-69–146
Chakansim (Fai) Khamborn, Thailand 72-74–146
Karah Sanford, Escondido, Calif. 73-74–147
Ashley Holder, Orlando, Fla. 74-73–147
Liv Cheng, New Zealand 72-75–147
August Kim, St. Augustine, Fla. 73-74–147
Jennifer Peng, Highland Park, N.J. 75-72–147
*Mary Chandler Bryan, Chapin, S.C. 75-73–148
*Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas 75-73–148
*Michelle Piyapattra, Corona, Calif. 75-73–148
*Haylee Harford, Leavittsburg, Ohio 75-73–148
*Mariana Sims, Austin, Texas 76-72–148

Failed to Qualify
*Malia Nam, Kailua, Hawaii 72-76–148
*Jackie Rogowicz, Yardley, Pa. 71-77–148
*Elyse Smidinger, Crofton, Md. 76-72–148
Margaret Shirley, Roswell, Ga. 75-74–149
Stephanie Lau, Fullerton, Calif. 76-73–149
Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. 72-77–149
Binny Lee, Frisco, Texas 73-76–149
Chelsea Buford, San Antonio, Texas 78-71–149
Clara Teixeira, Brazil 74-75–149
Lexie Toth, Dubln, Ohio 75-74–149
Katie Kirk, Davidson, N.C. 75-74–149
Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. 72-77–149
Lindsey Weaver, Minster, Ohio 74-75–149
Cyd Okino, Honolulu, Hawaii 76-73–149
Janie Jackson, Huntsville, Ala. 74-76–150
Regina De Guzman, Philippines 72-78–150
Maia Schechter, Takoma Park, Md. 75-75–150
Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. 74-76–150
Marika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. 75-75–150
Rebecca Klongland, Stoughton, Wis. 75-75–150
Jordan Lippetz, Oakland, Calif. 75-75–150
Avery George, Macon, Ga. 72-78–150
Kaho Monica Matsubara, San Diego, Calif. 75-75–150
Latanna Stone, Ruskin, Fla. 77-73–150
Allie Knight, Knoxville, Tenn. 76-74–150
Katie Mitchell, Atlantic Beach, Fla. 78-73–151
Regina Plasencia, Mexico 74-77–151
Chisato Hashimoto, Japan 73-78–151
Natalie Srinivasan, Spartanburg, S.C. 76-75–151
Kristin Dahee Chung, Republic of Korea 76-75–151
Alina Rogers, Canada 75-76–151
Jennifer Yang, Republic of Korea 81-70–151
Vivian Tsui, Canada 75-76–151
Emily Brooks, Chapel Hill, N.C. 81-70–151
Sierra Sims, Austin, Texas 76-75–151
Brynn Walker, St. Davids, Pa. 76-76–152
Kristin Coleman, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. 75-77–152
Courtney Zeng, Orlando, Fla. 81-71–152
Molly Skapik, Miamisburg, Ohio 79-73–152
Lindsey Lammers, Milan, Mich. 78-74–152
Mallory Viera, Howey in the Hills, Fla. 76-76–152
Cassandra Deeg, Hugo, Minn. 79-73–152
Kaew Preamchuen, Thailand 78-74–152
Anna Laorr, Eden Prairie, Minn. 77-76–153
Calli Ringsby, Denver, Colo. 79-74–153
Mathilda Cappeliez, France 76-77–153
Kelly Grassel, Chesterton, Ind. 77-76–153
Sung Eun Park, San Diego, Calif. 79-74–153
Gabrielle Shipley, Hastings, Mich. 80-74–154
Taylor Kim, Canada 78-76–154
Jennifer Park, Carrollton, Texas 77-77–154
Krista Fenniak, Canada 77-78–155
Kassidy Teare, Vista, Calif. 77-78–155
Jayde Panos, Australia 76-79–155
Janet Mao, Johns Creek, Ga. 78-77–155
Ellen Kehoe, Campbellsville, Ky. 73-82–155
Ellen Takada, Irvine, Calif. 78-77–155
Hana Lee, Republic of Korea 79-76–155
Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 79-76–155
Maggie Beth Byers, San Antonio, Texas 79-77–156
Carlton Kuhlo, Tallahassee, Fla. 80-76–156
Mary Mulcahy, Scituate, Mass. 78-78–156
Ellen Port, St. Louis, Mo. 82-74–156
Rinko Mitsunaga, Roswell, Ga. 82-74–156
Julia Beck, Austin, Texas 80-76–156
Fumie (Alice) Jo, People’s Republic of China 79-78–157
Taylor Babcock, Westport, Conn. 79-78–157
Annie Swords, Newnan, Ga. 78-79–157
Mercedes Huarte, Argentina 79-78–157
Dree Fausnaugh, Maitland, Fla. 80-78–158
Audra Kepler, Pleasant Hill, Calif. 81-77–158
Brianna Cooper, Canada 79-79–158
Ale (Alessandra) Walker, Paintsville, Ky. 76-82–158
Brooke Riley, Manteca, Calif. 80-78–158
Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. 85-73–158
Kennedie Montoya, Thatcher, Ariz. 79-80–159
Jayshree Sarathy, Palo Alto, Calif. 80-79–159
Morgan Ransom, Blacklick, Ohio 82-78–160
Jaylee Tait, Littleton, Colo. 79-81–160
Dorsey Addicks, Gallatin Gateway, Mont. 81-79–160
Rylee Pedigo, Fort Worth, Texas 82-78–160
Kaley In, Bakersfield, Calif. 81-80–161
Hannah Pierce, King George, Va. 78-85–163
Shena Yang, Tampa, Fla. 82-81–163
Charlotte Thomas, England 81-83–164
Noelle Maertz, Clark, N.J. 79-86–165
Gabrielle Yurik, Oakland, Mich. 84-81–165
Lauren Diaz-Yi, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 79-WD–WD