June 20, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- Only eight competitors remain at the 156-player U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, and OU's Anne-Catherine Tanguay is one of them. Tanguay won a pair of matches Thursday at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman to reach the quarterfinals, which begin Friday.
Sooner teammate Chirapat Jao-Javanil beat Robynn Ree of Redondo Beach, Calif., 4 and 3 in Thursday morning's round of 32, but lost 2 and 1 to Raychelle Santos of La Quinta, Calif., in the afternoon's round of 16.
Tanguay will meet USC's Doris Chen in a battle of third-team All-Americans Friday morning at 7:50. Chen shot a two-round 136 (-8) Monday and Tuesday in stroke play qualifying, tied for the lowest score in the field. The winner of the match will move on to the 12:30 p.m. semifinals against either Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., or Julie Yang of Stillwater, Okla. Yang attends Oklahoma State University.
Tanguay, from Quebec City, Quebec, won handily in her morning match over Chaewon Park of San Pedro, Calif. The rising OU senior never trailed and took the lead for good on the eighth hole en route to a 5 and 3 victory. She only lost two of the 15 holes played.
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Her afternoon match against Latvia's Krista Puisite was much tighter and took place in steamy and windy conditions. Although Tanguay never found herself behind, she also never held more than a two-hole advantage. One up heading into the par-five 18th hole, she recorded par while Puisite bogeyed. Tanguay won 2 up.
"It was just perfect today," said Tanguay of the gusty Oklahoma air. "Hard wind and I just know how to play the course in these conditions. I think that played to my advantage."
Asked if she plans to change anything in terms of her approach for Friday, Tanguay, who has not trailed in any of her three matches this week, was quick to answer.
"No, we'll just keep going like this," she said of herself and her caddie. "Hopefully the wind will be there. I kind of like that; I don't mind the wind. I think we'll keep the same game plan and just keep running it in."
Jao-Javanil, who is No. 12 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, said her play on the greens was her downfall Thursday afternoon.
"I definitely misread some putts," she said. "My putting, it was just -- wherever the whole was, (the ball) just went the other way. (Santos) had some pretty good up-and-downs, too, so I also have to give it up to her. But I was kind of giving shots up that I feel I normally wouldn't. I think I also misjudged the wind a little bit. It was gusting a lot more in the afternoon.
"But I'm not disappointed. I gave it everything I had."
The U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links began in 1977 as a national championship for women who play the nation's public courses. The WAPL is open to female amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1, 2013, have been bona fide public course players and have not held privileges of any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public.
The tournament is open to the public and there is no admission charge.