Matsubara medals at Women's Am; Li falls short


On the heels of a bogey-free 64 Tuesday at the Country Club of Charleston, Japan's Yumi Matsubara earned medalist honors at the U.S. Women's Amateur with a 36-hole total of 135.

Matsubara opened her second round of stroke play with four front-nine birdies, adding three more on the back nine to fire the lowest round thus far this week in Charleston, S.C. Her two-day total is five shots clear of Allisen Corpuz and Yueer Feng, who both finished at 2-under 140 for 36 holes.

After struggling to an 82 during Monday's opening round, 10-year-old Lucy Li bounced back to fire a 1-under 70 Wednesday, carding four birdies against just three bogeys. Li, who became the youngest ever to make the Women's Amateur field and advanced to the match-play portion of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links earlier this summer, still fell two shots short of the cut line, finishing her week at 10-over 152 while an 8-over 150 total was needed to advance.

Wednesday will mark the start of the match play portion of the event, as the top 64 qualifiers will be systematically whittled down leading into Sunday's championship match. Among the notable names to reach the match play stage were Gabriella Then, who two weeks ago captured the U.S. Girls' Junior title, and Lauren Diaz-Yi, who won the Women's Public Links crown in June.