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Pressure grows for inter-Korean breakthrough

Oh Su-hyun leads U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifying

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Published : 2014-08-05 19:42
Updated : 2014-08-05 19:42

GLEN COVE, New York (AP) ― Australia’s Oh Su-hyun shot a 4-under 66 on Monday in the U.S. Women’s Amateur to take the first-round lead in stroke-play qualifying.

The 18-year-old Oh had six birdies and two bogeys at Nassau Country Club. The top 64 after the second round Tuesday will advance to match play.

“I’m playing quite solid,” said Oh, a quarterfinalist last year at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina. “Just giving myself a lot of opportunities and making a few.”

Eighth in the world amateur ranking, Oh matched the women’s course record. She holed out from 40 feet for birdie from off the green on the par-4 11th.

“I thought, ‘Just get it somewhere there,’” Oh said. “It felt good. I’ll take it any day.”

Sixteen-year-old Hannah O’Sullivan was a stroke back. She birdied four of her last six holes and needed only 25 putts. Megan Khang, also 16, opened with a 68.

Princess Mary Superal, the 17-year-old Filipino player who won the U.S. Girls’ Junior winner last month, had a 70. Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, 16, of Canada who, was the low amateur in the U.S. Women’s Open, shot 71.

Defending champion Emma Talley, 20, was tied for 86th at 76, while U.S. college champion Doris Chen withdrew after nine holes because of an ankle injury.