Reese Medalist at Womens Public Links

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SUNRIVER, Ore. -- Jessica Reese shot a 5-under-par 66
Wednesday, a 10-stroke improvement from the opening round, and won medalist honors at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
 
Reese's even-par total of 142 at the 6,189-yard Meadows Course of the Sunriver Resort was one stroke better than Gabby Wedding, who had a second-round 69. Wedding, 18, of Wilmington, Ohio, withdrew immediately after her round when she learned of a death in her family.
 
Reese's round tied the record for 18-hole stroke play in the Women's Amateur Public Links. Two players - Heather Hughes in 1992 and Jill McGill in 1994 - both had 66s. Hughes and Reese both played par-71 courses, while McGill's round on a par-72 course, is the record for most strokes under par.
 
Reese, 21, of Santa Rosa, Calif., made six birdies putts ranging from 2 feet to 30. Her lone bogey was a three-putt.
 
``I wasn't thinking about my round at all,'' Reese said, referring to Tuesday's 76. ``I was just playing golf. My putting was good.''
 
Hana Kim of Los Angeles had a second straight 72 and was one stroke in front of Erica Blasberg, of Corona, Calif., and Kimberly Rowton, of San Antonio, who both had 73s Wednesday.
 
The two youngest players in the field, 12-year-olds Michelle Wie, of Honolulu, and Mina Harigae, of Monterey, Calif., both qualified. Wie shot a 71 and was at 150, while Harigae had a 76 and was at 151.
 
The cut was at 15-over 157 and 64 players advanced to match play. First- and second-round matches begin Thursday. The 36-hole final in the U.S. Golf Association event is Sunday.