Three Bruins Advance at USWAPL

June 24, 2009

Led by medalist Stephanie Kono, three Bruins advanced to the second round of match play on Wednesday at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship being conducted at the 6,267-yard, par-72 Red Tail Golf Club.

Kono defeated Emily Powers of Quincy, Ill., 4 and 3. Junior Sydnee Michaels defeated Madison Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., 3 and 2 and incoming freshman Tiffany Lua beat Caroline Powers 3 and 1. Sarah Brown advanced with a 2-and-1 win over sophomore Glory Yang.

Kono, 19, wielded a hot putter in defeating Powers, who was the last of 64 qualifiers and had to endure two playoff holes Wednesday morning just to make it into the draw. At the third hole, Kono knocked in a 15-foot birdie putt to win the hole, and then sank a 20-footer for another birdie to halve the sixth after Powers had hit her ball close to the hole. Kono won the 13th hole with a 23-foot birdie putt and closed out the match by converting a 10-footer for birdie at No. 15.

'I didn't hit the ball that close [to the flagstick] today, but I made a lot of putts,' Kono said.

In Thursday's second round, Kono will face Lua, 18, of Rowland Heights, Calif. Michaels meets Katie Burnett of Brunswick, Ga.

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