Princess Superal eases into match play phase of US Women’s Amateur
US Girls’ Junior Champion Princess Superal comes up with rounds of 70-73 in strokeplay qualifying. Getty Images

PRINCESS Mary Superal stayed on track in her bid for a USGA double, comfortably making the match play phase after two rounds of strokeplay qualifying in the US Women's Amateur on Tuesday in Glen Cove, New York (Wednesday, Manila time).

The Filipina shotmaker, winner of the US Girls' Junior Championship last month, added a 73 to her opening 70 to wind up in joint 15th spot.

That set up a round of 64 showdown with Raegan Bremer of Anaheim, who had rounds of 75-71.

Superal, 17, hit one birdie and two bogeys and 0uffered a double-bogey on the par-4 No. 7 at Nassau Country Club.

Regina de Guzman, however, won’t see action in the match play phase after going 72-78 and missing a place in the top 64.

UCLA-bound Bethany Wu shot a 2-under 68 to top the 64 match-play qualifiers at 3-under 137.

"Going to the back nine, I was thinking, 'Don't make any mistakes,'" said Wu, the runner-up last week in the Junior PGA Championship and a quarterfinalist two weeks ago in the US Girls' Junior. "(Earning medalist honors is) good for me because I've beat really top players here through stroke play."

Australia's Su-Hyun Oh, the first-round leader, was a shot back along with Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, California. Oh had a 72, and Lee shot 69.

Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, the 16-year-old Canadian who was the low amateur in the US Women's Open, had a 71 to tie for 12th at 2 over.

Defending champion Emma Talley, the 20-year-old University of Alabama player from Princeton, Kentucky, tied for 46th at 6 over. She followed her opening 76 with a 70.

"I knew that today was a big day," said Talley, who made the winning putt for United States in June in the Curtis Cup. "I got 1 over at one point, and I knew I just needed to stick with my game."


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