Kyono survives first round match play

ABERDEEN, N.C. (AP)- Ten-year-old Michelle Wie of Honolulu qualified Thursday

at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links championship, but then lost in the

first round of match play.

Wie, the youngest amateur to ever play in a

United States Golf Association event, fell 3 and 2 to Cindy Lee of Tempe,

Ariz.

“I wasn’t able to get my short putts,” Wie said. “If I go back to the

10-and-under division, there’s only, like, three girls to compete

with.”

Wie carded 6-over-par 150 during two rounds of qualifying.

Five

other Hawaii golfers- Rachel Kyono (145), Leah Whiting (151), Merynn Ito (152),

Summerset Lovett (152) and Kathy Cho (153)- also qualified.

Four other

island golfers- Xyra Suyetsugu (159), Rose Pagan (168), Mariel Kotake (174) and

Kelly Nakashima (175)- failed to qualify.

Kyono defeated Robyn Rinaldo of

Dade City, Fla., 3 and 2 in match play, while Whiting beat Megan Stier of Belle

Plaine, Minn., 3 and 2. But Ito fell to Becky Lucidi of Fallbrook, Calif., 2

and 1.

Lovett and Cho will begin match play Friday.

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