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Defending champ Kang advances at U.S. Women's Amateur

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BARRINGTON, R.I. – Defending champion Danielle Kang won two matches Thursday to advance to quarterfinals in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Rhode Island Country Club.

The 18-year-old Kang, from Westlake Village, Calif., holed a 9-iron shot for eagle on the par-4 14th to finish off 17-year-old Emma Talley of Princeton, Ky., 6 and 4, then beat Cindy Ha of Demarest, N.J., 2 and 1.

Kang will face Demi Frances Runas of Torrance, Calif. Runas beat Lisa McCloskey of Montgomery, Texas, in 19 holes in the third round.

In the other upper-bracket quarterfinal, Brooke Pancake of Chattanooga, Tenn., will play Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash.

In the lower bracket, Stephanie Kono of Honolulu will face Austin Ernst of Seneca, S.C.; and Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn will play Casey Danielson of Osceola, Wis.