Wie Cruises into Third Round

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LEBANON, Ohio -- Michelle Wie played through a persistent drizzle Thursday to easily advance in her second match at the men's Amateur Public Links.
 
The 15-year-old high school junior-to-be, the first female to qualify for a men's U.S. Golf Association championship, rolled to a 6-and-5 victory over C.D. Hockersmith of Richmond, Ind.
 
Wie advances to play Jim Renner of Plainville, Mass., in her afternoon match Thursday. Renner defeated Arizona sophomore Tyler Neal, 3 and 2.
 
Every year since 1989, the winner of the APL has gotten an invitation to the Masters. Wie went through APL qualifying in hopes of earning a spot at Augusta National.
 
Wie won the first hole with a birdie, hitting a 3-foot putt, and never trailed against Hockersmith. She birdied three of the first four holes -- winning them all -- and then parred the par-3 5th for a 5-up lead.
 
Hockersmith finally won a hole after hitting his approach to 5 feet at the par-3 8th. He also won the 10th hole with a par, but the early deficit was too much to overcome. Wie closed him out on the 13th green.
 
To win the APL, she still must win her third round match Thursday, quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Friday -- and the 36-hole final Saturday.
 
After shooting rounds of 76 and 72 during medal play, she defeated Auburn's Will Claxton 1-up with a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole in her first-round match Wednesday.
 
Renner, 21, plays at Johnson & Wales University in Miami, where he was the medalist at the NAIA tournament this year. He lost in the first round of APL match play a year ago.

Related Links:
  • Wie's Round 2 Match Scorecard
  • Full Field Scores - U.S. Amateur Public Links
  • Full Coverage - U.S. Amateur Public Links
     
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