U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS
Thai Teenager Ties Qualifying Record Of 135 June 21, 2010 By Rhonda Glenn

Ariya Jutanugarn (right) of Thailand receives the qualifying medal from Stacey Collins, the chair of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship Committee after carding a 7-under 135 total. (Robert Walker/USGA)

Notre Dame, Ind. – Ariya Jutanugarn, 14, of Thailand, added a 4-under-par 67 on Tuesday to her opening 68 for a 36-hole total of 7-under 135 to capture stroke-play medalist honors by two strokes in the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at the 6,092-yard, par-71 Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame.

Jutanugarn, playing in the afternoon, passed Argentina's Martina Gavier, who finished earlier on Tuesday with a 68 for a 137 total.

Lizette Salas of Azusa, Calif., was third low qualifier with 67-71—138, while Brittany Altomare of Shrewsbury, Mass., added a 70 to finish fourth at 139.

The low 64 scorers advanced to match play, which begins on Wednesday. The cut for match play came at 10-over 152, with an 8-for-3 playoff held late Tuesday afternoon to determine the final spots.

Jutanugarn’s score of 135 ties the record lowest score by a WAPL medalist, set by Brittany Lang in 2004 at Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg, Va.

Jutanugarn, who has partially completed ninth grade, hits drives as long as 270 yards. The 2009 U.S. Girls' Junior quarterfinalist made six birdies, most notably on the 14th, 17th and 18th holes, all on putts of less than 6 feet.

Everything was perfect, said Jutanugarn. My irons were very good. My driver was very good and my putts were very good. I am proud.

Jutanugarn’s sister Moriya, 15, also qualified for match play with scores of 70-75—145. The Jutanugarn family is on an odyssey of golf competitions in the United States. The family sold their house and car to make the trip possible. They still own a small golf shop in Bangkok.

Ariya Jutanugarn is playing in her fifth straight U.S. golf event, but USGA championships are nothing new. In the 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior, at the age of 13, she upset defending champion Alexis Thompson, 2 and 1, and then lost in the quarterfinals.

She has qualified for next month’s U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania. Moriya will also attempt to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior. Ariya is currently exempt for both events by virtue of qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open. Ariya also has previously played in two LPGA Tour events in Thailand, one in 2007 when she was 11.

She finished nine over par, her father, Somboon Jutanugarn, said proudly.

This week, he is caddying for his daughter for the first time, pulling a cart. Her mother, Narumon Jutanugarn, 41, is pulling Moriya’s clubs on a cart.

I am very tired, said Somboon, 55, pointing at his legs. He was Ariya’s first instructor when she began playing golf at the age of five. A number of professionals in Thailand have since given her lessons on a voluntary basis. Most recently, she has been taught by a professional in Thailand she knows only by his first name, Rukchai.

Meanwhile, the Argentina-born Gavier, a senior-to-be at Kent State, was inspired by her home country's soccer performance in the World Cup in South Africa. Argentina blanked Greece on Tuesday, 2-0, to advance to the knockout round.

I was inspired today, said Gavier after recording the second lowest 36-hole total.

Gavier may also be the player who made the most grueling trip to get here. She arrived in Notre Dame on Saturday after a 26-hour flight from Argentina that took her through Chile, Miami, Charlotte and Cleveland. After a layover, she flew to Indiana.

First-round leader Kimberly Kim, Hilo, Hawaii, the WAPL runner-up in 2006 and 2009 as well as the youngest champion in U.S. Women's Amateur history (14 in 2006), struggled to a 78 following a first-round 66. The two-time USA Curtis Cupper qualified for match play with a 2-over 144 total. Kim's fellow 2010 USA Curtis Cup teammate, Stephanie Kono of Honolulu, Hawaii, also shot 78 after an opening round of 67. The UCLA All-American also easily advanced to match play.

Kim went four over par in her opening four holes. After I went bogey, bogey, bogey, bogey, I thought, ‘Whoa, what’s happening here?’ " Kim said. It was a little rougher today but I’m just glad I made the cut. Now I’m on to match play.  

The Women’s Amateur Public Links continues through Saturday's 36-hole championship match.

Notre Dame, Ind. – Results from the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links being contested at the 6,092, par-71 Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame (Playoff results in parenthesis; 8-for-3 spots):

Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand - 68-67--135
Martina Gavier, Argentina - 69-68--137
Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif. - 67-71--138
Brittany Altomare, Shrewsbury, Mass. - 69-70--139
Emily Tubert, Burbank, Calif. - 70-71--141
Kristina Wong, Vestal, N.Y. - 71-72--143
Nicole Zhang, Canada - 71-73--144
Aimee Neff, Carmel, Ind. - 71-73--144
Janine Fellows, Houston, Texas - 71-73--144
Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. - 72-72--144
Candace Schepperle, Birmingham, Ala. - 70-74--144
Alexandria Buelow, Palm City, Fla. - 71-73--144
Kimberly Kim, Hilo, Hawaii - 66-78--144
Rachel Rohanna, Waynesburg, Pa. - 72-72--144
Kaylee Imel, Bluffton, Ind. - 71-74--145
Cydney Clanton, Concord, N.C. - 71-74--145
Shamira Marshall, Macedonia, Ohio - 72-73--145
Alice Kim, Walnut, Calif. - 75-70--145
Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand - 70-75--145
Aurora Kan, Boothwyn, Pa. - 74-71--145
Tiffany Lim, San Jose, Calif. - 74-71--145
Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii - 67-78--145
Joy Trotter, Chino Hills, Calif. - 72-74--146
Sara Grantham, Wilsonville, Ala. - 74-72--146
Samantha Morrell, North Kingstown, R.I. - 72-74--146
Ellen Mueller, Bartlesville, Okla. - 70-76--146
Kelly Fuchik, Tulsa, Okla. - 73-73--146
Anna Kim, Canada - 72-74--146
Mercedes Germino, Argentina - 70-76--146
Samantha Formeck, Northern Cambria, Pa. - 73-73--146
Joanna Coe, Mays Landing, N.J. - 72-74--146
Grace Na, Oakland, Calif. - 76-71--147
Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. - 72-75--147
Becca Huffer, Denver, Colo. - 74-73--147
Lisa McCloskey, Houston, Texas - 71-76--147
Alexa Kim, Canada - 77-70--147
Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii - 73-74--147
Victoria Trapani, Hollywood, Fla. - 75-73--148
Suzie Lee, Long Island, N.Y. - 73-75--148
Allie White, Lancaster, Ohio - 72-76--148
Kristi Cardwell, Kokomo, Ind. - 73-76--149
Karlin Beck, Pike Road, Ala. - 74-75--149
Seohee Moon, Mukilteo, Wash. - 75-74--149
Alyssa Shimel, Pemberville, Ohio - 75-74--149
Gyeol Park, Korea - 73-76--149
Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas - 76-74--150
Hayley Hammond, Mooresville, N.C. - 75-75--150
Kelli Oride, Lihue, Hawaii - 75-75--150
Kathryn Rogner, Hartford, Ohio - 74-76--150
Caroline Powers, Bowling Green, Ohio - 75-75--150
Alex Stewart, Peoria, Ariz. - 72-78--150
Simone Hoey, Long Beach, Calif. - 77-74--151
Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. - 76-75--151
Lindsay Danielson, Osceola, Wis. - 73-78--151
Victoria Fallgren, Lakewood, Calif. - 77-74--151
Jessica Wallace, Canada - 74-77--151
Bonnie Hu, Fremont, Calif. - 78-73--151
Kristin Paulson, Ottumwa, Iowa - 75-76--151
Brianna Do, Vietnam - 75-76--151
Maggie Yuan, Ppls Rep. of China - 73-78--151
Victoria Sungmin Park, Irvine, Calif. - 75-76--151
Jessie Jordan, Urbana, Ohio - 77-75--152 (3)
Augusta James, Canada - 74-78--152 (4,3)
Kuriko Tsukiyama, Bogota, N.J. - 73-79—152 (3)

Failed to qualify

Kelsey Vines, San Antonio, Texas - 74-78--152 (4,5)
Jaye Marie Green, Boca Raton, Fla. - 74-78--152 (4,X)
Hana Lee, Hacienda Heights, Calif. - 76-76--152 (5)
Sun Gyoung Park, Vail, Ariz. - 71-81--152 (4,4)
Kris Yoo, Schaumburg, Ill. - 76-76--152 (DNS)
Alleman Zech, Indian Wells, Calif. - 78-75--153

Madison Opfer, Plant City, Fla. - 76-77--153
Kyndall Ardoin, Gibsland, La. - 75-78--153
Mary Mattson, Ijamsville, Md. - 75-78--153
Chelsey Cothran, Springdale, Ark. - 80-73--153
Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. - 76-77--153
Laura Murray, Tipp City, Ohio - 77-77--154
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. - 78-76--154
Shannon Warner, Livonia, Mich. - 78-76--154
Jamie Yam, San Diego, Calif. - 75-79--154
Michelle Mathwick, Greenfield, Wis. - 75-79--154
Amelia Ek, Cypress, Calif. - 76-78--154
Rebecca Hellbom, Sweden - 71-83--154
Kristina Merkle, Honolulu, Hawaii - 81-74--155
Jessica Tarbet, Corryton, Tenn. - 76-79--155
Brooke Beeler, Butler, Ill. - 75-80--155
Ashley Smith, Plymouth, Mich. - 79-76--155
Paige Stalcup, Thomasville, N.C. - 78-77--155
Szu-Han Chen, Chinese Taipei - 76-79--155
Belen Hernandez, Merced, Calif. - 80-75--155
Kimberly Johnson, San Diego, Calif. - 79-77--156
Rachel Uremovich, Hilton Head, S.C. - 79-77--156
Shang-Fan Huang, Sugar Land, Texas - 81-75--156
Stephanie Liu, St Albans, Mo. - 80-76--156
Emilie Burger, Hoschton, Ga. - 77-79--156
Samantha Sommers, St Cloud, Minn. - 78-78--156
Jenny Hahn, Henderson, Nev. - 78-78--156
Katelynn Hogenson, Muscatine, Iowa - 79-78--157
Ember Schuldt, Sterling, Ill. - 75-82--157
Maggie Boberg, Littleton, Colo. - 79-78--157
Meaghan Kari, Windsor, Calif. - 81-76--157
Kayla Riede, Dixon, Calif. - 79-79--158
Jaqueline Smith, Magnolia, Texas - 76-82--158
Allie Johnston, Castle Rock, Colo. - 77-81--158
Teresa Puga, Spain - 82-76--158
Christy Fogerty, San Diego, Calif. - 81-77--158
Kathleen Rojas, Turlock, Calif. - 80-79--159
Abbie Horan, Antioch, Ill. - 77-82--159
Katrina Hegge, Seattle, Wash. - 79-80--159
Alyssa Randolph, Knoxville, Tenn. - 83-76--159
Christine Meier, Rochester Hills, Mich. - 78-82--160
Elizabeth Doty, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. - 81-79--160
Seungha Choi, Aurora, Colo. - 77-83--160
Paige Osterloo, Rapid City, S.D. - 83-77--160
Stani Schiavone, Bangor, Pa. - 79-81--160
Gianna Misenhelter, Overland Park, Kan. - 80-80--160
Amy Otteson, Garner, N.C. - 78-82--160
Diana Davis, Pembroke Pines, Fla. - 76-85--161
Katelynn Mannix, Plattsburgh, N.Y. - 81-80--161
Lauren Cate, St Augustine, Fla. - 80-81--161
Sarah Whitney, Hingham, Mass. - 83-78--161
Whitney French, Laguna Niguel, Calif. - 84-78--162
Frederique Bruell, Shaker Heights, Ohio - 83-79--162
Hanule Seo, St Louis, Mo. - 80-82--162
Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn. - 82-80--162
Ericka Schneider, Bradenton, Fla. - 83-79--162
Dayana Marquez, Venezuela - 79-83--162
Michelle Caporusso, Mount Prospect, Ill. - 81-81--162
Mo Gronning, Aurora, Colo. - 78-85--163
Victoria Choi, Canada - 80-83--163
Emily Houtz, Manhattan, Kan. - 81-82--163
Kathy Sterling, Mokena, Ill. - 81-82--163
Kelly Krusoe, Northfield, Ohio - 84-79--163
Kimbra Benson, Leonardtown, Md. - 82-81--163
Allyssa Ferrell, Edgerton, Wis. - 83-80--163
Stephanie Frankian, Watertown, Mass. - 84-80--164
Michelle Bowles, Howell, Mich. - 81-83--164
Whitney Neuhauser, Charlottesville, Va. - 82-82--164
Maria Ronderos, Colombia - 82-82--164
Alisha Matthews, St Louis, Mo. - 80-84--164
Anna Jang, Aiea, Hawaii - 80-85--165
Erica Pressley, Selma, Texas - 84-81--165
Erica Creed, Kernersville, N.C. - 82-83--165
Petra Cole, San Diego, Calif. - 77-88--165
Melanie Audette, Lakeland, Fla. - 88-78--166
Kayla Cline, Socorro, N.M. - 82-84--166
Nancy Kromar, Austin, Texas - 84-82--166
Mieke Canan, Tacna, Ariz. - 80-86--166
Genavive Dodge, Post Falls, Idaho - 82-84--166
Brittany Atterbury, Rockton, Ill. - 85-81--166
Sue Nyhus, Orem, Utah - 85-82--167
Brittany Bomar, Anchorage, Alaska - 84-84--168
Mallory Viera, Howey In the Hills, Fla. - 82-86--168
Jessica Ngui, Richardson, Texas - 87-84--171
Emily Podlesny, Green River, Wyo. - 83-88--171
Rynae Baca, Wasilla, Alaska - 88-86--174
Kyung Kim, Chandler, Ariz. - 76-WD—WD

Notre Dame, Ind. – Pairings and starting times for the first round of match play at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship being played at the 6,092-yard, par-71 Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame (All times EDT):

Upper Bracket

8 a.m.                   Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand  (135) vs. Augusta James, Canada  (152)
8:09 a.m.              Grace Na, Oakland, Calif.  (147) vs. Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J.  (147)
8:18 a.m.              Cydney Clanton, Concord, N.C.  (145) vs. Kathryn Rogner, Hartford, Ohio  (150)
8:27 a.m.              Shamira Marshall, Macedonia, Ohio  (145) vs. Kelli Oride, Lihue, Hawaii  (150)
8:36 a.m.              Aimee Neff, Carmel, Ind.  (144) vs. Bonnie Hu, Fremont, Calif.  (151)
8:45 a.m.              Samantha Morrell, North Kingstown, R.I.  (146) vs. Allie White, Lancaster, Ohio  (148)
8:54 a.m.              Janine Fellows, Houston, Texas  (144) vs. Jessica Wallace, Canada  (151)
9:03 a.m               Sara Grantham, Wilsonville, Ala.  (146) vs. Kristi Cardwell, Kokomo, Ind.  (149)
9:12 a.m.              Brittany Altomare, Shrewsbury, Mass.  (139) vs. Victoria Sungmin Park, Irvine, Calif.  (151)
9:21 a.m.              Mercedes Germino, Argentina  (146) vs. Alexa Kim, Canada  (147)
9:30 a.m.              Kimberly Kim, Hilo, Hawaii  (144) vs. Simone Hoey, Long Beach, Calif.  (151)
9:39 a.m.              Aurora Kan, Boothwyn, Pa.  (145) vs. Gyeol Park, Korea  (149)
9:48 a.m.              Emily Tubert, Burbank, Calif.  (141) vs. Maggie Yuan, Ppls Rep. of China  (151)
9:57 a.m.              Anna Kim, Canada  (146) vs. Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii  (147)
10:06 a.m.           Alexandria Buelow, Palm City, Fla.  (144) vs. Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y.  (151)
10:15 am              Tiffany Lim, San Jose, Calif.  (145) vs. Alyssa Shimel, Pemberville, Ohio  (149)

Lower Bracket

10:24 a.m.           Martina Gavier, Argentina  (137) vs. Jessie Jordan, Urbana, Ohio  (152)
10:33 a.m.           Joanna Coe, Mays Landing, N.J.  (146) vs. Becca Huffer, Denver, Colo.  (147)
10:42 a.m.           Kaylee Imel, Bluffton, Ind.  (145) vs. Caroline Powers, Bowling Green, Ohio  (150)
10:51 a.m.           Alice Kim, Walnut, Calif.  (145) vs. Hayley Hammond, Mooresville, N.C.  (150)
11:00 a.m.           Nicole Zhang, Canada  (144) vs. Kristin Paulson, Ottumwa, Iowa  (151)
11:09 a.m.           Ellen Mueller, Bartlesville, Okla.  (146) vs. Suzie Lee, Long Island, N.Y.  (148)
11:18 a.m.           Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif.  (144) vs. Victoria Fallgren, Lakewood, Calif.  (151)
11:27 a.m.           Joy Trotter, Chino Hills, Calif.  (146) vs. Karlin Beck, Pike Road, Ala.  (149)
11:36 a.m.           Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif.  (138) vs. Kuriko Tsukiyama, Bogota, N.J.  (152)
11:45 a.m.           Samantha Formeck, Northern Cambria, Pa.  (146) vs. Lisa McCloskey, Houston, Texas  (147)
11:54 a.m.           Rachel Rohanna, Waynesburg, Pa.  (144) vs. Alex Stewart, Peoria, Ariz.  (150)
12:03 p.m.           Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand  (145) vs. Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas  (150)
12:12 p.m.           Kristina Wong, Vestal, N.Y.  (143) vs. Brianna Do, Vietnam  (151)
12:21 p.m.           Kelly Fuchik, Tulsa, Okla.  (146) vs. Victoria Trapani, Hollywood, Fla.  (148)
12:30 p.m.           Candace Schepperle, Birmingham, Ala.  (144) vs. Lindsay Danielson, Osceola, Wis.  (151)
12:39 p.m.           Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii  (145) vs. Seohee Moon, Mukilteo, Wash.  (149)

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