Teenagers finish at 6-under-par 136 at Rhode Island C.C. August 8, 2011 By Rhonda Glenn, USGA

Jihee Kim's putter cooled off a little on Tuesday, but a second-round 70 gave the Korean a share of medalist honors. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)

Barrington, R.I. – Lydia Ko, 14, of New Zealand, and Jihee Kim, 17, of Korea, shared stroke-play honors at  7-under-par 136  in the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur at the 6,399-yard, par-71 Rhode Island Country Club.

Ko made eight birdies on her way to a second-round 66 on Tuesday. Kim slipped a bit from her opening 66 with a 1-under-par 70, but still matched Ko’s 36-hole total. They finished one stroke ahead of Moriya Jutanugarn, 17, of Thailand, who fired a 67 for a 5-under-par 137 total.

Emma Talley, 17, of Princeton, Ky., finished alone at 138 after a second-round 68.

Ko’s 66 was the round of the day. While she claimed that putting is her weakness, on Tuesday her putter was magical. Teeing off on No. 10 she made her first birdie with a 20-foot putt on the 15th hole. She followed with a 4-foot birdie putt on No. 16 and a 10-foot birdie on No. 18 before making the turn.  

A short putt on the first hole gave her another birdie. After a bogey on the third hole, she made four straight birdies on putts ranging from 2 to 36 feet. The 36-footer on the seventh hole was a surprise. I wasn’t really expecting to make it, said Ko. I started being in the zone.

Kim had 26 putts in Monday’s round but struggled on the greens Tuesday with 31 putts. It was a tough day, Kim said through an interpreter, her uncle John Pih. My shots were working today but my putting was not as good.

Informed that she was the co-medalist, Kim said, Tomorrow is another day. She has never competed in a match-play competition and is nervous going into Wednesday’s first round. All of her tournaments in Korea have been stroke-play events.

Kim and Ko each traveled from a half-world away to play in Rhode Island. Traveling with her coach Guy Wilson and her mother Tina Ko, Lydia Ko made an 18.5-hour flight from Auckland to Boston to play in sectional qualifying for this championship on July 20. The three then began a 30-day golf odyssey in California, where Ko played some of the state’s top courses before traveling back to New England.

Kim, who carded a 63 in last fall’s Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Argentina to help Korea win by 17 strokes, made a 14-hour flight from Korea. It is her first trip to the United States. While this is also her first U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, it’s also her last amateur competition. She plans to turn professional upon her return to Korea.

Ko is little-known outside of New Zealand. She gained notice from the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking, supported by The R&A and the USGA, which gave her the No.-1 ranking among female amateurs. In April she claimed two of her nation’s amateur titles in the same week. She won the New Zealand Stroke Play title by 11 strokes over Cecilia Cho, the world’s No.-2 ranked amateur. She also won the Match Play Championship two days after turning 14, defeating Cho in the final, 4 and 3, to become that event’s youngest champion.

Ko said she will focus on the upcoming match-play rounds by thinking of past success. I’ll be thinking about the New Zealand Amateur, because I played pretty solid then, Ko said. 

Jutanugarn was low amateur in last month’s U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor. Satisfied with her second-round 67, Moriya said, I didn’t have a bogey. This makes me feel good.

On five holes, Jutanugarn used her putter to save pars. Teeing off on the second nine, she made a 6-foot putt at the 14th hole for her first birdie. She birdied the fifth hole from 3 feet and the sixth hole from 10 feet. Her last birdie was a tap-in on the par-5 eighth hole.

Jutanugarn’s sister, Ariya, won the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior in July. She also qualified for match play, finishing even par and tying for 10th.

The low 64 players advance to Wednesday’s first round of match play. The cut came at 149, seven over par, with five golfers playing off for one spot.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur continues Thursday with rounds two and three, with the quarterfinals and semifinals set for Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Women’s Amateur concludes with the 36-hole championship final Sunday.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, of which 10 are strictly for amateurs.

Rhonda Glenn is a manager of communications for the USGA. For questions and comments, e-mail her at rglenn@usga.org. 

Barrington, R.I. – Results following Tuesday’s second round of stroke play at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur at the 6,399-yard, par-71 Rhode Island Country Club (*=in playoff): 


Jihee Kim, Korea, 66-70--136

Lydia Ko, New Zealand, 70-66--136

Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, 70-67--137

Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky., 70-68--138

Casey Grice, College Station, Texas, 72-67--139

Doris Chen, Bradenton, Fla., 69-71--140

Pamela Pretswell, Scotland, 69-72--141

Xi Yu Lin, People's Republic of China, 68-73--141

Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y., 71-70--141

Austin Ernst, Seneca, S.C., 71-71--142

Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, 70-72--142

Lisa McCloskey, Montgomery, Texas, 71-71--142

Jaye Marie Green, Boca Raton, Fla., 71-71--142

Victoria Tanco, Bradenton, Fla., 72-70--142

Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif., 73-69--142

Courtney Gunter, Matthews, N.C., 70-72--142

Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y., 72-70--142

Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 74-69--143

Chihiro Ikeda, Philippines, 72-71--143

Marina Alex, Wayne, N.J., 71-72--143

Andrea Unson, Philippines, 70-73--143

Lauren Stratton, Spring Hill, Tenn., 70-73--143

Michelle Piyapattra, Corona, Calif., 73-70--143

Amy Meier, Rochester Hills, Mich., 72-71--143

Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii, 68-75--143

Lee Lopez, Whittier, Calif., 71-72--143

Brianna Cooper, Canada, 71-73--144

Demi Frances Runas, Torrance, Calif., 72-72--144

Danielle Kang, Westlake Village, Calif., 71-73--144

Amy Anderson, Oxbow, N.D., 73-71--144

Madeleine Sheils, Boise, Idaho, 71-73--144

Brooke Pancake, Chattanooga, Tenn., 71-73--144

Breanna Elliott, Australia, 74-70--144

Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii, 71-73--144

Cyna Rodriguez, Philippines, 70-74--144

Talia Campbell, Dallas, Texas, 74-71--145

Manuela Carbajo Re, Argentina, 74-71--145

Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis., 75-70--145

Kristina Merkle, Honolulu, Hawaii, 72-73--145

Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash., 72-73--145

Jennifer Kirby, Canada, 75-70--145

Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif., 72-73--145

Lindy Duncan, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 72-73--145

Julie Yang, Mesa, Ariz., 75-70--145

Cindy Ha, Demarest, N.J., 73-73--146

Sarah Ababa, Philippines, 73-73--146

Mackenzie Brooke Henderson, Canada, 74-72--146

Emma De GnewsContent, Australia, 73-73--146

Christine Wong, Canada, 73-73--146

Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y., 72-74--146

Jessica Wallace, Canada, 72-74--146

Chelsea Mocio, Fort Worth, Texas, 71-75--146

Holly Clyburn, England, 72-74--146

Sophia Popov, Germany, 74-72--146

Sally Watson, Scotland, 72-75--147

Calle Nielson, Nashville, Tenn., 74-73--147

Tiffany Lim, San Jose, Calif., 72-75--147

Stephanie Kim, Tempe, Ariz., 71-76--147

Gabriela Lopez, Mexico, 73-75--148

Ket Preamchuen, Kennesaw, Ga., 76-72--148

Shu-Yin Liu, Chinese Taipei, 75-73--148

Crystal Reeves, Broken Arrow, Okla., 74-74--148

Lauren Dobashi, Gold River, Calif., 72-76--148

*Elyse Smidinger, Crofton, Md., 76-73--149 (4, 4)


Failed to qualify*Emily Collins, Colleyville, Texas, 72-77--149 (4, 5)

*Kendall Prince, Lake Oswego, Ore., 74-75--149 (4, 5)

*Brittany Henderson, Canada, 72-77--149 (5)

*Haley Stephens, Greer, S.C., 75-74--149 (x)

Kaitlin Park, Tustin, Calif., 74-76--150

Jayvie Agojo, Philippines, 76-74--150

Rachel Rohanna, Waynesburg, Pa., 75-75--150

Jaclyn Jansen, Effingham, Ill., 77-73--150

Brianna Do, Viet Nam, 78-72--150

Emily Tubert, Burbank, Calif., 79-71--150

Erica Rivard, Canada, 73-77--150

Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Canada, 76-74--150

Marissa Dodd, Allen, Texas, 75-75--150

Ashley Armstrong, Flossmoor, Ill., 78-72--150

Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif., 77-73--150

Taelor Rubin, Raleigh, N.C., 76-75--151

Lauren Taylor, England, 77-74--151

Samantha S. Marks, Maitland, Fla., 77-74--151

Brittany Altomare, Shrewsbury, Mass., 76-75--151

Kayli Quinton, Houston, Texas, 76-75--151

Kuriko Tsukiyama, West New York, N.J., 75-76--151

Margarita Ramos, Mexico, 75-76--151

Mallory Viera, Howey In The Hills, Fla., 75-76--151

Margaret Shirley, Athens, Ga., 78-73--151

Dottie Ardina, Philippines, 77-74--151

Hannah Collier, Birmingham, Ala., 79-72--151

Allyssa Ferrell, Edgerton, Wis., 77-75--152

Paige Lee, Folsom, Calif., 77-75--152

Kris Yoo, Schaumburg, Ill., 73-79--152

Jillian Fraccola, Manlius, N.Y., 74-78--152

Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J., 73-79--152

Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla., 76-76--152

Jessica Hollandsworth, Floyd, Va., 75-77--152

Jenny Hahn, Henderson, Nev., 75-78--153

Nicole Zhang, Canada, 77-76--153

Christina Foster, Canada, 78-75--153

Amy Ruengmateekhun, Garland, Texas, 76-77--153

Carol Robertson, Virginia Beach, Va., 79-74--153

Brittany Marchand, Canada, 78-76--154

Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky., 75-79--154

Chelsey Couch, Ware Shoals, S.C., 79-75--154

Christine Wolf, Austria, 77-77--154

Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla., 75-79--154

Hee Wook Choi, San Diego, Calif., 78-76--154

Anna Hancock, Lakeland, Fla., 82-72--154

Olivia Lansing, Dellwood, Minn., 73-82--155

Hana Lee, Korea, 79-76--155

Hannah Sodersten, Fresno, Calif., 77-78--155

Alejandra Cangrejo, Colombia, 74-81--155

Anna Christenson, Denver, Colo., 79-76--155

Jacqueline Williams, Fair Oaks, Calif., 79-76--155

Kate Scarpetta, Crystal Lakes, Pa., 78-77--155

Taylor Totland, Tinton Falls, N.J., 78-77--155

Delaney Howson, Canada, 78-77--155

Sierra Sims, Austin, Texas, 79-77--156

Jordan Ferreira, University Place, Wash., 75-81--156

Abby Newton, Katy, Texas, 77-79--156

Samantha Swinehart, Lancaster, Ohio, 77-79--156

Emily Podzielinski, Noblesville, Ind., 77-79--156

Sarah Bae, Cary, N.C., 78-78--156

Steffi Neisen, New Prague, Minn., 79-78--157

Jenni Jenq, Saratoga, Calif., 79-78--157

Yugene Lee, Athens, Ga., 79-78--157

Mikayla Harmon, Gilbert, Ariz., 78-79--157

Betty Chen, Castro Valley, Calif., 78-79--157

Juliet Vongphoumy, Providence, R.I., 82-75--157

Allison Emrey, Charlotte, N.C., 76-82--158

Amy West, Valrico, Fla., 77-81--158

Isabella Loza, Colombia, 79-79--158

Allison Harper, Columbus, Ohio, 82-77--159

Carly Werwie, Kenosha, Wis., 79-81--160

Kristen Rue, Gig Harbor, Wash., 78-82--160

Courtney Hooton, Del Mar, Calif., 79-81--160

Gianna Misenhelter, Overland Park, Kan., 77-83--160

Kailey Walsh, Boca Raton, Fla., 82-79--161

Courtney Boe, Bluffton, S.C., 82-79--161

Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka, 82-79--161

Amelia Ek, Cypress, Calif., 78-83--161

Darcie Richmond, Mill Creek, Wash., 83-79--162

Taylor Newlin, Frisco, Texas, 80-83--163

Mina Hardin, Ft Worth, Texas, 82-81--163

Alexa Rancourt, South Portland, Maine, 77-86--163

Alisa White, Hereford, Texas, 81-82--163

Samantha Stancato, Colorado Springs, Colo., 83-81--164

Shannon Lubar, Littleton, Colo., 80-85--165

Tanya Olson, Naperville, Ill., 85-80--165

Sherry Herman, Belmar, N.J., 84-81--165

Shang-Fan Huang, Sugar Land, Texas, 85-82--167

Shabril Brewer, Herndon, Va., 80-88--168

Alexandra Frazier, Haverford, Pa., 80-88--168

Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif., 86-84--170

Asia Adell, Fresno, Calif., 85-WD—WD

Barrington, R.I. – Pairings for Wednesday’s first round of match play at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur at the 6,399-yard, par-71 Rhode Island Country Club: 

Round of 64 

Upper Bracket 

9 a.m.: Jihee Kim, Korea (136) vs. Elyse Smidinger, Crofton, Md. (149)

9:10 a.m.: Brooke Pancake, Chattanooga, Tenn. (144) vs. Breanna Elliott, Australia (144)

9:20 a.m.: Courtney Gunter, Matthews, N.C. (142) vs. Christine Wong, Canada (146)

9:30 a.m.: Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. (142) vs. Emma De GnewsContent, Australia (146)

9:40 a.m.: Xi Yu Lin, People's Republic of China (141) vs. Tiffany Lim, San Jose, Calif. (147)

9:50 a.m.: Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii (143) vs. Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. (145)

10 a.m.: Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. (141) vs. Calle Nielson, Nashville, Tenn. (147)

10:10 a.m.: Amy Meier, Rochester Hills, Mich. (143) vs. Jennifer Kirby, Canada (145)

10:20 a.m.: Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky. (138) vs. Shu-Yin Liu, Chinese Taipei (148)

10:30 a.m.: Danielle Kang, Westlake Village, Calif. (144) vs. Talia Campbell, Dallas, Texas (145)

10:40 a.m.: Jaye Marie Green, Boca Raton, Fla. (142) vs. Chelsea Mocio, Fort Worth, Texas (146)

10:50 a.m.: Marina Alex, Wayne, N.J. (143) vs. Cindy Ha, Demarest, N.J. (146)

11 a.m.: Casey Grice, College Station, Texas (139) vs. Ket Preamchuen, Kennesaw, Ga. (148)

11:10 a.m.: Demi Frances Runas, Torrance, Calif. (144) vs. Manuela Carbajo Re, Argentina (145)

11:20 a.m.: Lisa McCloskey, Montgomery, Texas (142) vs. Holly Clyburn, England (146)

11:30 a.m.: Andrea Unson, Philippines (143) vs. Julie Yang, Mesa, Ariz. (145)

Lower Bracket 

11:40 a.m.: Lydia Ko, New Zealand (136) vs. Lauren Dobashi, Gold River, Calif. (148)

11:50 a.m.: Madeleine Sheils, Boise, Idaho (144) vs. Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (144)

12 p.m.: Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (142) vs. Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y. (146)

12:10 p.m.: Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (143) vs. Mackenzie Brooke Henderson, Canada (146)

12:20 p.m.: Pamela Pretswell, Scotland (141) vs. Stephanie Kim, Tempe, Ariz. (147)

12:30 p.m.: Lee Lopez, Whittier, Calif. (143) vs. Kristina Merkle, Honolulu, Hawaii (145)

12:40 p.m.: Austin Ernst, Seneca, S.C. (142) vs. Sally Watson, Scotland (147)

12:50 p.m.: Michelle Piyapattra, Corona, Calif. (143) vs. Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (145)

1 p.m.: Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand (137) vs. Crystal Reeves, Broken Arrow, Okla. (148)

1:10 p.m.: Amy Anderson, Oxbow, N.D. (144) vs. Cyna Rodriguez, Philippines (144)

1:20 p.m.: Victoria Tanco, Bradenton, Fla. (142) vs. Jessica Wallace, Canada (146)

1:30 p.m.: Chihiro Ikeda, Philippines (143) vs. Sarah Ababa, Philippines (146)

1:40 p.m.: Doris Chen, Bradenton, Fla. (140) vs. Gabriela Lopez, Mexico (148)

1:50 p.m.: Brianna Cooper, Canada (144) vs. Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis. (145)

2 p.m.: Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand (142) vs. Sophia Popov, Germany (146)

2:10 p.m.: Lauren Stratton, Spring Hill, Tenn. (143) vs. Lindy Duncan, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (145)