NORMAN, Okla. – Picking right
up from Monday, University of Southern California teammates Doris Chen and
Annie Park carded 4-under 68s for two-day totals of 136 to share the clubhouse
lead following Tuesday’s morning wave at the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public
Links Championship, being conducted at the 6,351-yard, par-72 Jimmie Austin OU
Their scores of 136 tie for the
second-lowest 36-hole score in championship history, joining 2005 co-medalists
Mari Chun and Angela Park at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City. The low
score of 135 is shared by Brittany Lang (2004 at Golden Horseshoe Golf Course
in Williamsburg, Va.) and Ariya Jutanugarn (2010 at The Warren Golf Course at
Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.).
2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke-play
qualifying followed by six rounds of match play, with the championship
scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Saturday.
one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf
Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Chen got off to a rocky start
with consecutive bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes, her first two holes of the
day. She blamed a lack of sleep for the poor early performance, and told
herself that she could pull things together.
“I keep telling myself that I will
be fine,” said Chen, of Bradenton, Fla. “I'll be just as good. I was hitting
fine and I just need to get my putting into the hole.”
That pep talk certainly worked.
Chen recorded three consecutive birdies at holes 14-16, and when a double bogey
at the par-4 17th threatened to stop her momentum, Chen rebounded with a birdie
at the par-4 18th. Three more birdies over her inward nine brought her back to
the top of the leader board.
When Chen heard that she was
still tied with Park, the normally reserved 20-year-old erupted into laughter.
“I said ‘Oh my god’ because
Annie is just firing at every tournament,” said Chen admiringly of her college
teammate and now championship competition. “I'm just too impressed and not
surprised at the same time.”
again cruised around the golf course, returning five birdies and one bogey for
the second consecutive day. Her putting was her saving grace at the par-4
ninth, her final hole of the day, as she smoothly stroked a 15-foot putt to
course] just felt long,” said Park. “I was putting well, same as yesterday.
Couldn't hit it straight, same as yesterday.”
Galdiano, tied for third following Monday’s first round, carded a 1-over 73 for
a two-day total of 2-under 142. She is currently tied for third with Oklahoma
State University’s Julie Yang, who followed yesterday’s round of 2-under 70
with an even-par 72.
Fears, a rising senior at Mercer University, made a hole-in-one at the 166-yard,
par-3 second hole. It was the first ace recorded at the Women’s Amateur Public
Links since Mary Matson did so at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, Mass., in 2009.
Seventy-eight players remain on
the course for the afternoon wave, including 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior runner-up
Karen Chung, defending Women’s Amateur Public Links champion Kyung Kim and 2010
WAPL champion Emily Tubert.
Lance is the assistant manager of communications for the USGA. Email her at