While Bandon is certainly not a shopping mecca, Woods did put her clubs aside for a few hours on Wednesday, making her way north to Coos Bay and its lone mall.
"It was interesting," said Woods, of Phoenix, Ariz. "We went to the JC Penney and Macy's and all that they had to offer. It was nice to get away from Bandon, because I have been here all week. It was nice to see what else the area had to offer."
With her 8-and-7 third-round victory on Thursday, Woods was done with her competitive day by 3:30 p.m. local time. That left more than enough time to see more of the area.
Tiffany Lua jokingly admits to loving good food. In addition to watching TV and doing the usual Tweeting and Facebook status updates, Lua has located a favorite Thai restaurant in Bandon.
We’ve gone to the same Thai place for the last three days, she said, adding that it’s not because of superstitions. It’s just so good. I don’t know if we have that much time, we might just get something from the clubhouse.
Lua, of Rowland Heights, Calif., advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals with a 1-up victory over Lauren Cate, of St. Augustine, Fla., in the third round’s penultimate match.
Annie Park, of Levittown, N.Y., has had three straight matches be decided on the 18th hole. Her downtime activity of choice?
Sleeping, she said.
One shot does not win a match, but eagles certainly aided Annie Park, Brianna Do and Sally Watson in their respective third-round wins on Thursday.
Park and Watson eagled the 513-yard, par-5 third hole, while Do eagled the shortish 253-yard, par-4 eighth hole.
For Do, of Vietnam, the eighth played right into her wheelhouse. She had practiced with a driver on a similar hole at the U.S. Women’s Open qualifier.
I said ‘Oh, this is perfect,’ she said. Hit it. Rolled to the middle and rolled back to about 15 feet. Had a nice little speed into the hole. So that was really good.
I thought I was going to have to make birdies and eagles all day to be Emily [Tubert, the reigning WAPL champion]. It was a confidence booster too.
The eagle ate into Tubert’s 2-up lead. Do would finally go 1 up on the 15th and win by the same margin.
Watson, of Scotland, defeated Angel Yin, of Arcadia, Calif., 6 and 5. Her early eagle gave her a 2-up lead through three holes. Park’s erased Julie Yang’s early 1-up lead.
I wasn’t even expecting that, Park said. I just wanted to get it close because in the match before I hit it too far.
After hitting a driver and 3-wood, Park was left 40 yards to the hole and her target area was 30 yards. With a 56-degree wedge, Park hit her landing area.
I thought it was going to stop, but these greens are so hard that it just kept rolling, Park said. You have to leave it about 10 yards short of the hole.
Which is exactly what she did.
Odds and Ends
Of little wonder are the number of three putts this week. The greens are firm and feature a variety of false fronts, mounds and undulations. But more than anything, they are large. The greens at Bandon average 13,510 square feet, nearly four times the size of Pebble Beach Golf Links' greens. … Friday’s quarterfinals will have a PAC-10 versus Atlantic Coast Conference feel to it. UCLA Bruins Brianna Do, Stephanie Kono and Tiffany Lua advanced, as did Stanford’s Sally Watson. The ACC is represented by Wake Forest’s Cheyenne Woods and incoming freshman Marissa Dodd, along with Virginia’s Brittany Altomare. Annie Park is a high school junior and is currently being recruited.
Stuart Hall is a North Carolina-based freelance writer whose work has previously appeared on USGA websites.