Chen, Kim Advance To Round Of 32 At U.S. Women's Am Public Links
June 19, 2013
USC's Doris Chen and Kyung Kim advanced to the round of 32 in the match play portion of the 37th U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship at the Jimmie Austin OU G.C. in Norman, Okla., on Wednesday (June 20), but Annie Park's hot streak came to a halt as she was eliminated in the round of 64.
Park and Chen each entered the first round of match play as co-top seeds after tying for first at 8-under in the 36 holes of qualifying stroke play.
Chen defeated Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Fla., 4 & 3, to move into the next round and will face Michigan State's Allyssa Ferrell on Thursday.
Park's amazing spring has featured four collegiate wins, including the individual NCAA and Pac-12 titles, and she recently qualified into the next week's U.S. Open.
But on Wednesday, she fell to a streaking Ciera Min of Hilo, Hawaii, 6 & 4. Min, who will attend Gonzaga in the fall, took a 2-up lead through five, went 4 up after eight holes and led 6 up after her third birdie of the day on 11. A par on 14 sealed it for the upstart Min.
Kim, the defending champion of the event, kept alive her quest to repeat as winner with a 6 & 5 win over high schooler Monika Poomcharoen of Temecula, Calif. She will face Virginia sophomore Briana Mao tomorrow.
Trojan incoming freshman Karen Chung won her first match play round as well, 4 & 3 over prep golfer Vanessa Ha of Allen Texas.
The round of 32 and 16 are both scheduled for Thursday while the quarterfinals and semifinals are slated for Friday. The finalists will play 36 holes on Saturday to determine the winner. A complete schedule is available here.
Kim, Park and Chen all helped USC run away with the 2013 NCAA team title in May at a record 19-under par. Park earned WGCA Golfer of the Year and joined Kim (and teammate Sophia Popov) as All-American first teamers. Chen was an All-American second teamer.