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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, June 20, 2003

Four Hawai'i golfers advance at Publinx

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Michelle Wie didn't finish off her opponent until the 17th hole yesterday.

Associated Press

The four golfers from Hawai'i who advanced to match play all won first-round matches yesterday at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship at Palm Coast, Fla.

Michelle Wie, 13, was 3 up at the turn over Jane Rah of Torrance, Calif., but didn't close the match until the 17th hole, winning 2 and 1.

Wie will get a rematch of last year's Public Links semifinal today, with a second-round match against Hwanhee Lee. Lee defeated Wie 3 and 2 last year at the Sunriver Resort in Oregon, then lost 6 and 5 to Thurman in the championship match.

"It's going to be a completely different day," said Wie, who is playing in the Public Links for the fourth consecutive year, having qualified in 2000 as a 10-year-old. "Anything can happen."

In the other matches involving Hawai'i golfers:

Stephanie Kono of Honolulu, also 13, defeated Ashley Grier, 4 and 3.

Mari Chun, 15 of Pearl City, beat Cindy Skilton, 7 and 5.

Amanda Wilson, 15 of Hilo, beat Charmaine Erasmus, 5 and 4.

The second and third rounds will be played today. The quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for tomorrow and the 36-hole championship will be Sunday.