Four Hawaii golfers qualify for match play at Public Links

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Four Hawaii golfers, Kimberly Kim, Stephanie Kono, Allisen Corpuz, and Kelli Oride, advanced from stroke play to match play at the USGA Women's Amateur Public Links Championship Tuesday.

Head to head competition begins Wednesday.  Golfers who win advance toward Sunday's championship match.  The losers are eliminated.

Ariya Jutanugarn, 14, of Thailand, captured stroke-play medalist honors by firing a 4-under-par 67 Tuesday.  She finished 36-holes of stroke play at 7-under.

First-round leader Kimberly Kim, Hilo, Hawaii, 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 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.

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