Kono medals at U.S. Women’s Publinx

Stephanie Kono, 19, recently finished her freshman year at UCLA.

Stephanie Kono, 19, recently finished her freshman year at UCLA.

Stephanie Kono made six birdies Tuesday in a 4-under 68 to earn medalist honors at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.

The 19-year-old Kono, who completed her freshman year at UCLA in the spring, ended stroke-play qualifying at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, Mass., at 6-under 138. She is playing in her 15th USGA championship.

Annie Park, 14, is second at 5-under 139.

Also moving into match play are USC standouts Lizette Salas (T-8) and Golfweek’s Women’s Player of the Year Jennifer Song (T-12), 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur champ Kimberly Kim (T-25), and Auburn All-Americans Cydney Clanton (T-8) and Candace Schepperle (T-29).

Song was last year’s runner-up. Salas was last year’s co-medalist.

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