Chen, Chung Move To U.S. Women's Am Public Links Quarters|
June 20, 2013
USC rising junior Doris Chen and incoming freshman Karen Chung continued to navigate their way through the 37th U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, both needing extra holes to advance to the quarterfinals after two rounds of match play Thursday (June 20) at the Jimmie Austin OU G.C. in Norman, Okla.
Chen defeated Allyssa Ferrell of Michigan State, 1 up, in her morning match and then needed a 19th hole to dispatch of Kris Yoo, a junior at Wisconsin. In the match against Ferrell, Chen trailed until evening the match with a par on the 16th hole. After tying the 17th hole, Chen clinched the win with a par on 18.
Chen trailed Yoo briefly midway through their match and then took a one-hole lead into 18 before Yoo used a par to even the match. Chen, however, carded a par on the first extra hole to move to the quarters.
Chung downed former Missouri State golfer Catherine Dolan, 1 up, after three extra holes to move to the round of 16 and then defeated incoming Stanford freshman Casey Danielson, 2&1, to move to the quarterfinals.
Chung led Dolan early but trailed by a hole late before evening the match on 17 with a par. The pair remained tied until Chung broke the deadlock with a birdie on the third extra hole.
Trojan Kyung Kim, a sophomore-to-be and the defending champion, fell in the round of 32, 3&2 to Virginia sophomore Briana Mao.
If Chen and Chung win their quarterfinal matches, they will meet in the semifinals. Both the quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Friday (June 21). The finalists will play 36 holes on Saturday to determine the winner.
A complete schedule is available here.
Kim and Chen, along with fellow Public Links participant Annie Park, 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.