Son, Milligan striving to make cut today in U.S. Women’s Amateur

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For a Floridian such as Alexa Pano, playing in stifling heat and humidity is par for the course.

So, when the mercury reached 93 degrees with a Heat Index of 98 on Monday at The Golf Club of Tennessee, Pano, 13, of Lake Worth, Fla., fresh off a runner-up finish in the U.S. Girls’ Junior two weeks ago, wasn’t bothered. The two-time Drive, Chip & Putt age-group champion posted a 5-under 66 for a one-stroke lead in the 118th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.

Pano registered seven birdies – four on the inward nine – against two bogeys, with her longest putt a 15-footer on the par-3 14th hole.

Yujeong Son of Norman shot a first-round 68 and is in a large group of players tied for 10th. Kaitlin Milligan of Norman shot 73 and was in a large group tied for 80th. The top 64 players will advance to match play after Tuesday’s second round.

To win the title, a competitor must win six matches, including Sunday’s 36-hole final. The match-play portion of the competition will be broadcast live by FS1 (FS2 on Saturday) with providing live streaming of Thursday’s Round-of-32 matches and the morning 18 of the championship match.


Alexa Pano, 13, of Lake Worth, Fla. (5-under 66) on the state of her game coming off the runner-up finish in the U.S. Girls’ Junior and the Wyndham Cup, a Ryder Cup-style event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association:

“Yeah, definitely confidence from both of those events. I’m feeling pretty good about my match-play game right now, and stroke play felt pretty good today. As long as I just keep doing what I did today.”

Bohyun Kim, 15, of the Republic of Korea (4-under 67) on keeping cool in the hot and humid conditions:

“Just try and stay in the shade as much as possible and drink lots of water and just don’t overheat yourself.”

Lucy Li, 15, of Redwood Shores, Calif. (3-under 68) on the course conditions:

“It was playing really receptive. The greens are really soft, so you could really attack the pins out there. It was getting a little bumpy at the end for the putts, so there were a few spike marks out there, but other than that, it’s in really good shape.”

Albane Valenzuela, 20, of Switzerland (3-under 68) on her motivation after finishing as the runner-up last year at San Diego Country Club:

“You know, it was just another tournament. Match play, anything can happen, and I think I just come into this week having fun. I think last year I made a good run at this tournament. Runner-up, it’s something everyone would like to take, so now I have nothing to lose. I just come here, play every round one at a time.”

Valenzuela, on how much she has played this summer to prepare for the U.S. Women’s Amateur:

“I’ve only played [last month’s] Palmer Cup [in France]. Yeah, [our family] moved from Switzerland to the Bahamas. It was just a big move of the family, so I just took time to do all that stuff. I love it. There’s so many great players that go there (Albany Golf Club). I was very fortunate the other day to have seen Justin Rose chipping right in front of me. [Reigning Open champion Francesco] Molinari was there as well. It’s just a very special place where you get to practice in some very good conditions and see amazing players.”

Ellen Port, 56, of St. Louis, Mo., on shooting even-par 71:

“I had a great warmup. I would have won the tournament on my warmup. So then when I go to the course, it’s just a little bit different … I just felt really good with my irons, and I played a really good second nine (1-under 35). I had a 10-foot birdie putt on 1. I got a nice up-and-down on 2, and then I had an 8-foot birdie putt on the next one. I had a lot of birdie opportunities, and so for me to be patient and not press [is key for me].”

Port on having the chance to make the match-play cut:

“That’s what everybody is here for. I’m not thinking about making or missing the cut. I’m just trying to slow down my backswing. The furthest thing from my mind is making a cut, even if I was the best player in the field or if I shot 64. I still would not be thinking anything other than, OK, go home, and I’ve got to make a good swing on that first tee [on Tuesday].”


Kingston Springs, Tenn. – Results from Monday’s first round of stroke play at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, played at 6,365-yard par-71 Golf Club of Tennessee.

Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla. – 35-31–66
Bohyun Park, Republic of Korea – 36-31–67
Hyun Selin, Republic of Korea – 35-32–67
Suzuka Yamaguchi, Japan – 34-33–67
Patty Tavatanakit, Thailand – 33-34–67
Ziyi Wang, People’s Republic of China – 33-34–67
Bianca Pagdanganan, Philippines – 35-32–67
Olivia Mehaffey, Northern Ireland – 34-33–67
Alice Duan, Reno, Nev. – 33-35–68
Tze Han Lin, Chinese Taipei – 33-35–68
Amy Matsuoka, Newport Beach, Calif. – 33-35–68
Janet Mao, Johns Creek, Ga. – 34-34–68
Lucy Li, Redwood Shores, Calif. – 35-33–68
Jaclyn Lee, Canada – 34-34–68
Yuka Saso, Philippines – 35-33–68
Albane Valenzuela, Switzerland – 34-34–68
Kaylee Benton, Litchfield Park, Ariz. – 36-32–68
Sophie Hausmann, Germany – 35-33–68
Crystal Wang, Diamond Bar, Calif. – 32-36–68
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. – 33-36–69
Megan Yang, San Jose, Calif. – 35-34–69
Elizabeth Moon, Forrest City, Ark. – 35-34–69
Dylan Kim, Sachse, Texas – 35-34–69
Alyaa Abdulghany, Newport Beach, Calif. – 36-33–69
Ysabel Tran, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. – 35-34–69
Libby Winans, Plano, Texas – 33-36–69
Hannah Facchini, Hanford, Calif. – 36-33–69
Ty Akabane, Danville, Calif. – 34-35–69
Jamie Huo, Auburn, Wash. – 35-34–69
Pin-Wen Lu, Chinese Taipei – 32-38–70
Annabell Fuller, England – 35-35–70
Lauren Hartlage, Elizabethtown, Ky. – 34-36–70
Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas – 35-35–70
Ya Chun Chang, Chinese Taipei – 34-36–70
Brooke Seay, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. – 36-34–70
Avery Zweig, McKinney, Texas – 36-34–70
Yealimi Noh, Concord, Calif. – 36-34–70
Lauren Greenlief, Ashburn, Va. – 35-35–70
Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. – 35-35–70
Sierra Brooks, Lake Mary, Fla. – 36-34–70
Allisen Corpuz, Kapolei, Hawaii – 35-35–70
Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. – 36-34–70
Makenzie Niblett, Austin, Texas – 33-37–70
Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colo. – 36-34–70
Ina Kim-Schaad, New York, N.Y. – 33-37–70
Beatrice Wallin, Sweden – 34-36–70
Adeena Shears, Elizabeth, W.Va. – 37-34–71
Ashley Gilliam, Manchester, Tenn. – 36-35–71
Meiyi Yan, People’s Republic of China – 34-37–71
Lilia Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. – 34-37–71
Kailie Vongsaga, Diamond Bar, Calif. – 35-36–71
Ting Hsuan Huang, Chinese Taipei – 35-36–71
Kayla Sam, Anaheim Hills, Calif. – 36-35–71
Chia-Yen Wu, Chinese Taipei – 35-36–71
Stephanie Bunque, Australia – 37-34–71
Haley Moore, Escondido, Calif. – 36-35–71
Han Hsuan Yu, Chinese Taipei – 35-36–71
Emilee Hoffman, Folsom, Calif. – 35-36–71
Ellen Port, St. Louis, Mo. – 35-36–71
Bailey Tardy, Peachtree Corners, Ga. – 36-36–72
Casey Weidenfeld, Pembroke Pines, Fla. – 37-35–72
Rebecca Klongland, Stoughton, Wis. – 36-36–72
Sophie Yip, Australia – 37-35–72
Yoonhee Kim, San Ramon, Calif. – 37-35–72
Sabrina Iqbal, San Jose, Calif. – 35-37–72
Thienna Huynh, Lilburn, Ga. – 38-34–72
Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, N.C. – 39-33–72
Reid Isaac, Montgomery, Texas – 35-37–72
Isabella Fierro, Mexico – 36-36–72
Caroline Hwang, Orlando, Fla. – 35-37–72
Alice Hewson, England – 37-35–72
Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas – 38-34–72
Stephanie Lau, Fullerton, Calif. – 39-33–72
Megan Schofill, Monticello, Fla. – 38-34–72
Kylie Raines, Dublin, Ohio – 35-37–72
Sarah White, Caledonia, Mich. – 34-38–72
Emily Lauterbach, Hartland, Wis. – 35-37–72
Lauren Waidner, Fleming Island, Fla. – 40-33–73
Jessica Yuen, Bolingbrook, Ill. – 39-34–73
Annabelle Ackroyd, Canada – 39-34–73
Julia Potter-Bobb, Indianapolis, Ind. – 40-33–73
Reena Sulkar, Barrington Hills, Ill. – 36-37–73
Melany Chong, Canada – 36-37–73
Gurleen Kaur, Houston, Texas – 39-34–73
Caroline Curtis, Richmond, Va. – 35-38–73
Maria Balcazar, Mexico – 37-36–73
Pinya Pipatjarasgit, Sylvania, Ohio – 38-35–73
Rose Zhang, Irvine, Calif. – 37-36–73
Kaitlin Milligan, Norman, Okla. – 37-36–73
Addison Baggarly, Jonesborough, Tenn. – 37-36–73
Ashely Shim, San Mateo, Calif. – 36-37–73
Rachel Heck, Memphis, Tenn. – 38-36–74
Nancy Xu, Sunnyvale, Calif. – 37-37–74
Hannah Lee, Canada – 38-36–74
Sera Tadokoro, Japan – 39-35–74
Jiwon Jeon, Republic of Korea – 35-39–74
Kristin Engle, Barbourville, Ky. – 37-37–74
Ellie Slama, Salem, Ore. – 39-35–74
Lauren Cox, Orange, Texas – 39-35–74
Gabriella Tomanka, Grapevine, Texas – 36-38–74
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. – 36-38–74
Clare Connolly, Chevy Chase, Md. – 35-39–74
Madison Caldwell, Milton, Ga. – 41-33–74
Toni Sottile, Thousand Oaks, Calif. – 36-38–74
Delaney Shah, North Potomac, Md. – 35-39–74
Lauren Waller, Canonsburg, Pa. – 35-40–75
Pimnipa Panthong, Thailand – 39-36–75
Mikayla Smith, Appleton, Wis. – 37-38–75
Alli Kim, Murrieta, Calif. – 36-39–75
Amanda Doherty, Atlanta, Ga. – 36-39–75
Kelsey Sear, Canada – 37-38–75
Gillian Vance, Lakewood, Colo. – 37-38–75
Maddie Szeryk, Canada – 37-38–75
Ivy Shepherd, Peachtree City, Ga. – 37-38–75
Emily Gilbreth, Bellaire, Texas – 40-36–76
Karoline Tuttle, Lake Mary, Fla. – 40-36–76
Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. – 35-41–76
Bentley Cotton, Austin, Texas – 36-40–76
Quynn Duong, San Jose, Calif. – 39-37–76
Sophie Dipetrillo, Dover, Mass. – 38-38–76
Claire Choi, Honolulu, Hawaii – 38-38–76
Meghan Stasi, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – 39-37–76
Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, Ind. – 40-36–76
Maria Fassi, Mexico – 39-37–76
Erika Smith, Orlando, Fla. – 38-38–76
Kelsey Chugg, Salt Lake City, Utah – 37-39–76
Elayna Bowser, Dearborn, Mich. – 38-39–77
Brooke Boardman, Waukee, Iowa – 39-38–77
Abbey Hartsell, Hickory, N.C. – 41-36–77
Olivia Canales, Calabasas, Calif. – 39-38–77
Sophie Lamb, England – 38-39–77
Lauren Sung, Palo Alto, Calif. – 38-39–77
Lindsay May, Auburn, N.Y. – 39-38–77
Bella Setio, Indonesia – 40-38–78
Chloe Currie, Canada – 39-39–78
Katy Winters, Wichita, Kan. – 33-45–78
Simar Singh, Los Altos, Calif. – 41-37–78
Abbey Daniel, Covington, La. – 40-38–78
Monika Poomcharoen, Temecula, Calif. – 41-37–78
Micheala Williams, Athens, Ala. – 39-39–78
Brynn Walker, St. Davids, Pa. – 41-37–78
Allyson Geer-Park, Brighton, Mich. – 41-37–78
Krystal Hu, People’s Republic of China – 40-38–78
Abigail Schimpf, Daniel Island, S.C. – 38-41–79
Katherine Zhu, San Jose, Calif. – 37-42–79
Kynadie Adams, Nashville, Tenn. – 37-42–79
Sara Camarena, Mexico – 42-37–79
Anna Moore, Cadiz, Ky. – 40-40–80
Jackie Rogowicz, Yardley, Pa. – 40-40–80
Mary Weinstein, Highlands Ranch, Colo. – 42-38–80
Payton Schanen, Johns Creek, Ga. – 42-38–80
Katie Reilly, Potomac Falls, Va. – 41-40–81
Kelly Xu, Claremont, Calif. – 44-38–82
Isidora Nilsson, Chile – 42-41–83
Maddy Rayner, Southlake, Texas – 43-42–85

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