All Smiles and a Cardinal Connection

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NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) -- Even though her second round was worse than her first, Sydney Burlison was smiling after her final hole Friday in the U.S. Women's Open.
 
Burlison, 13, was the youngest of 14 teenagers in the field at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
 
After a 10-over 81 on Thursday, Burlison fled the course, only to emerge from the clubhouse with red eyes and tearstained cheeks.
 
On Friday, she finished with an 85, but left the scoring tent with a smile on her face. She hugged her little brother, Jay, then took some time to sign autographs.
 
Burlison, an eighth-grader at All Saints Day School in Carmel Valley, Calif., is nine days younger than teenage sensation Michelle Wie, who is also 13 and made the cut with a 4-over 146.
 
'I have a little better attitude,' Burlison said. 'I know now what I need to play with the pros.'
 
And how was her first Open experience overall?
 
'Nerve-racking,' she said.
 
Fellow teenager Morgan Pressel was the one with tears on Friday.
 
After a first-round 70, Pressel shot a 78 on the second day to sit at 6-over 148. She just made the cut.
 
'I just played so poorly,' she said, tears streaming. 'It's disappointing.'
 
CARDINAL CONNECTION: While Mhairi McKay was topping the leaderboard at the U.S. Women's Open, fellow former Stanford student Tiger Woods was doing the same at the Western Open in Lemont, Ill. McKay, who is from Scotland, had a second-round lead with a 6-under 136 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, while Woods finished Friday with a one-stroke lead over David Toms at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club.
 
McKay was a four-time All-American at Stanford from 1993-97 and was the Pac-10 Champion in 1997. She was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection.
 
Woods went to Stanford for two years, 1995-96, and won the NCAA Championship.
 
McKay said she doesn't keep up with Woods, but has fond memories of going to school with him.
 
'He was just a great guy,' McKay said. 'And it was a great opportunity to get to know him just as a normal student.'
 
Woods also has Pumpkin Ridge connections: He won his unprecedented third straight U.S. Amateur at the rural Oregon course in 1996.
 
McKay said she's had plenty of alumni support for the Open.
 
'I'm staying with a friend that I met through Stanford. The women's golf coach Caroline Conner is out here also,' she said. 'And some Stanford friends.'
 
Another former Stanford player, Hilary Lunke, was four strokes behind McKay with a 140 after two rounds. Stephanie Louden, a four-time All American at Stanford, was at 4-over 145.
 
'I looked on the board and I saw McKay, Lunke, Louden, with Stanford, you know, sandwiched in between,' Lunke said, referring to Angela Stanford, who didn't go to school with them but was on the leaderboard Friday. 'So I said we need to get a picture of that.'
 
DIVOTS: Angela Stanford, coming off her first-ever tour win last week in the LPGA ShopRite Classic, planned to wisely manage her down time after finishing 36 holes in 2-under 140. 'I think that mentally it would be best for me to go home and get some sleep. If I stand out there and bang balls I just think it's going to wear me down and wear me out.' ... Kathryn Cusick, who shot a 93 in the first round, fared better Friday with a 10-over 81. ... Karrie Webb, a two-time winner of the U.S. Women's Open, finished with an 8-over 150. She said her short game gave her trouble. 'I made a few putts today,' she said Friday. 'But yesterday I made nothing.' ... Kellee Booth of West Covina, Calif., withdrew Friday with a shoulder injury.
 
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