Kono advances, 4 Hawai‘i golfers defeated

Stephanie Kono is the lone Hawai‘i golfer left in the Women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Erin, Wisc.

The 18-year-old from Honolulu defeated Laura Luethke of Clovis, Calif., 5 and 3 in the first-round match. Kono advances to today’s Round 2 and is paired with Ani Gulugian of Irvine, Calif.

Hilo’s Kimberly Kim, the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion, lost to Brianna Do of Lakewood, Calif., 3 and 2.

Jennifer Song of Korea went 1 up on Moanalua High School’s Kristina Merkle. Mari Chun of Pearl City lost to Kayla Mortellaro of Phoenix, 3 and 2, and Kelly Nakashima of Hilo lost to Ha-Na Jang of Korea, 2 and 1.

The tournament’s two qualifying medalists also lost their first-round matches yesterday.

Lizette Salas of Azusa, Calif., lost to Ellen Mueller of Bartlesville, Okla., 2 and 1, while Taiwan’s Tzu Chi Lin beat Katie Kempter of Albuquerque, N.M., in 20 holes.

The women’s public links will conclude on Saturday.


Women’s U.S. Amateur Publinx Championship

Wednesday, At Erin Hills Golf Course

Erin, Wis.

Yardage: 6,158; Par 73

Round Of 64

Upper Bracket

Ellen Mueller, Bartlesville, Okla., def. Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif., 2 and 1.

Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla., def. Becca Huffer, Denver, 3 and 2.

Angela Oh, Maple Shade, N.J., def. Caroline Kim, Canada, 7 and 6.

Grace Na, Oakland, Calif., def. Carly Werwie, Kenosha, Wis., 2-up.

Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, def. Laura Luethke, Fresno, Calif., 5 and 3.

Ani Gulugian, Irvine, Calif., def. Julie Yang, Phoenix, 3 and 2.

Shasta Averyhardt, Flint, Mich., def. Demi Frances Runas, Torrance, Calif., 4 and 3.

Alexandra Stewart, Peoria, Ariz., def. Gennifer Mendez, North Port, Fla., 2-up.

Lauren Doughtie, Suffolk, Va., def. Erica Moston, Belmont, Calif., 2 and 1.

Erica Creed, Kernersville, N.C., def. Stephany Fleet, Dewitt, Mich., 1-up.

Emily Powers, Quincy, Ill., def. Megan Dowdy, Leander, Texas, 4 and 3.

Kristen Schelling, Mesa, Ariz., def. Victoria Trapani, Hollywood, Fla., 6 and 5.

Ha-Na Jang, Korea, def. Kelly Nakashima, Wailuku, Hawaii, 2 and 1.

Madelle Swaney, Marietta, Ohio, def. Sarah Brown, Phillipsburg, N.J., 1-up.

Kayla Mortellaro, Phoenix, def. Mari Chun, Pearl City, Hawaii, 3 and 2.

Jennifer Song, Korea, def. Kristina Merkle, Honolulu, 1-up.

Lower Bracket

Tzu Chi Lin, Taiwan, def. Katie Kempter, Albuquerque, N.M., 20 holes.

Emily Street, Forest City, N.C., def. Pennapa Pulsawath, Thailand, 2 and 1.

Jennie Lee, Henderson, Nev., def. Joy Trotter, Chino Hills, Calif., 3 and 2.

Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif., def. Ryann O’Toole, San Clemente, Calif., 4 and 3.

Mayule Tomimbang, Kissimmee, Fla., def. Candice Wiley, Shelbyville, Ky., 5 and 4.

Michelle Bowles, Davison, Mich., def. Aurora Kan, Boothwyn, Pa., 6 and 5.

Stacey Kim, Columbus, Ga., def. Inah Park, Fullerton, Calif., 4 and 3.

Brianna Do, Lakewood, Calif., def. Kimberly Kim, Hilo, Hawaii, 3 and 2.

Lynette Duran, Lakewood, Colo., def. Kate Ackerson, Allen, Texas, 2 and 1.

Lee Lopez, Whittier, Calif., def. Kathleen White, Waukegan, Ill., 19 holes.

Jenny Lee, La Canada, Calif., def. Brooke Beeler, Butler, Ill., 3 and 2.

Aimee Neff, Carmel, Ind., def. Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz., 2 and 1.

Rebecca Kim, Tigard, Ore., def. Kelly Fuchik, Tulsa, Okla., 3 and 2.

Jaye Marie Green, Boca Raton, Fla., def. Ashley Sholer, Canada, 2-up.

Sydnee Michaels, Temecula, Calif., def. Christine Song, Fullerton, Calif., 6 and 5.

Tiffany Joh, San Diego, def. Wonjoo Choi, Murrieta, Calif., 3 and 2.

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