Top-seeded Woods rallies to advance in WAPL

Cheyenne Woods came from behind to advance out of the second round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links.

Cheyenne Woods came from behind to advance out of the second round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links.

BANDON, Ore. – Cheyenne Woods began to worry when, already 2 down, she hit her approach on the 11th hole into the water. Turns out, however, that the resulting bogey was the catalyst she needed to battle back and advance to the third round of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.

Woods, who earned medalist honors on Tuesday to earn the No. 1 seed, defeated 14-year-old Bethany Wu, 2 up, on June 30 at Bandon Trails.

“I think that 11 was a turning point,” said Woods, who won the hole after Wu double bogeyed. “I just played really well coming in.”

Wu struck early with a birdie at the first hole to take a 1-up lead. The high school freshman at Diamond Bar High School ran out of steam on the back nine. She admitted to secretly “rooting” for Woods, knowing she could do well overall in the championship.

Wu and Woods chatted on the course about high school and Wake Forest, where Woods is a senior. Wu decided not to ask about Woods’ uncle Tiger.

“I didn’t think I should,” she said.

Next up for Woods is Alex Stewart, 19, who will be a sophomore at Colorado in the fall. She advanced to the third round of the WAPL in 2008. Woods is making her championship debut this week. The pair tee off at 1 p.m. PST.

Julie Yang, 15, rolled to a 6-and-5 victory over Mariel Galdiano, a 13-year-old who was the youngest to qualify for next week’s U.S. Women’s Open.

“I gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdie,” said Yang, who went to boarding school in Scotland for a year to learn the links game.

“Links isn’t really my type. I like tree-lined courses more. It’s all right … you have to be creative and have good imagination.”

Yang carries herself like a player twice her age. She said she once read in Kathy Whitworth’s “Little Book of Golf Wisdom” that a 20-year-old needs to play with the mind of a 50-year-old.

“I’ve gotten used to trying to stay focused, she said, “trying to maintain a high level of high concentration during a round.”

Emily Tubert, the 2010 WAPL champion, won the 17th and 18th holes with birdie-par to defeat Harin Lee, 1 up.

Catherine Dolan found herself 4 down through 7 holes but managed to battle back and defeat Pepperdine’s Grace Na. Dolan, a 21-year-old junior at Missouri State, is playing in her first WAPL.

USGA stalwart Stephanie Kono won, 3 and 2. This marks her 21st USGA event, including last year’s Curtis Cup. Kono is one of the three UCLA players advancing to Round 3, joining Tiffany Lua and Brianna Do.

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