BANDON, Ore. – Qualifying medallist Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, advanced to the second round of match play in the Women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, beating Ashley Edwards, 4 and 3, on Wednesday at Bandon Dunes’ Old Macdonald course.
Woods, the 20-year-old Phoenix player who won the Atlantic Coast Conference individual championship last month as a junior at Wake Forest, will face 14-year-old Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif., in the second round.
“I started out pretty good,” Woods said. “I had a birdie early on, and I think I was 2-up through two. So I started out good. I was just playing steady.”
Wu beat Ashlan Ramsey in 19 holes.
Fifteen-year-old Julie Yang of Mesa, Ariz., also advanced, routing Colombia’s Maria Ronderos, 8 and 6.
Yang will face 13-year-old Mariel Galdiano of Pearl City, Hawaii. Galdiano, the youngest qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Open next week in Colorado Springs, Colo., beat Demi Frances Runas, 2 and 1.
Defending champion Emily Tubert of Burbank, Calif., trailed early in her match with Mandi Morrow, then rallied for a 4-and-2 victory. Angel Yin of Arcadia, Calif., at 12 the youngest player in the field, overcame a four-hole deficit to beat Dree Fausnaugh, 2 and 1.
The tournament is limited to players who don’t hold privileges at any course that doesn’t extend playing privileges to the general public.