Jutanugarn ousted in Womens Public Links quarterfinals


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Curtis Cup player Cydney Clanton beat qualifying medallist Ariya Jutanugarn 1-up on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals in the Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course.

Clanton, an Auburn player from Concord, N.C., will meet Sara Grantham of Wilsonville, Ala., on Friday, with the winner advancing to the afternoon semifinals.

The 14-year-old Jutanugarn, trying to become the second-youngest champion in the event, beat Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., 3 and 1 in the second round before falling to Clanton. Clanton beat Kelli Oride of Lihue, Hawaii, 5 and 3 in the morning.

In the third round, Clanton two-putted for par to win the par-4 18th after Jutanugarn’s par chip grazed the flagstick and stopped on the lip.

Stroke-play runner-up Martina Gavier of Argentina also advanced to the quarterfinals, beating Becca Huffer, a Notre Dame player from Denver, in 20 holes in the second round, and topping Caroline Powers of Bowling Green, Ohio, in 21 holes.

In the third round, Gavier was 2-down with four holes to play and needed Powers’ bogey on 18 to square the match.

Gavier will face Ellen Mueller in the quarterfinals. Mueller, from Bartlesville, Okla., beat Joy Trotter of Chino Hills, Calif., 3 and 2 in the third round.

In the other quarterfinals, Victoria Sungmin Park of Irvine, Calif., will face Emily Tubert of Burbank, Calif., and Lisa McCloskey of Houston will play Vietnam’s Brianna Do. In the third round, Park beat Kimberly Kim of Hilo, Hawaii, 2 and 1; Tubert topped Annie Park of Levittown, N.Y., 4 and 3; McCloskey routed Rachel Rohanna of Waynesburg, Pa., 6 and 5; and Do beat Stephanie Kono of Honolulu 3 and 2.

The 36-hole final is Saturday. The tournament is open to amateurs who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4 and who don’t hold privileges at any course that doesn’t extend playing privileges to the general public.