Qualifying medalist Kim advances to second round in Women's Amateur

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Hyo-Joo Kim routed Megan Khang, 7 and 6, in the first round of match play on Wednesday at The Country Club.
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CLEVELAND --

Qualifying medalist Hyo-joo Kim of South Korea advanced to the second round of match play in the U.S. Women's Amateur on Wednesday, beating America's Megan Khang 7 and 6.

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The USGA received a record 1,123 entries for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur. The previous record of 1,049 was set in 2010.

The 17-year-old Kim will face Isabelle Lendl on Thursday at The Country Club. Lendl, the daughter of former tennis star Ivan Lendl, beat Australia's Whitney Hillier 2 and 1.

"My putter was working well today," Kim said through her caddie, Euna Pak. "I'm happy with how I played today. With a match coming up tomorrow, I'll try to get some rest."

In the lower-bracket, 15-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand, second in stroke-play qualifying, topped Amy Beth Simanton 4 and 3.

"My long game was fine and my putting felt good," Ko said. "Although I misread a few putts, my stroke was good. In fact, everything was good."

Ko will face 20-year-old Amy Anderson, the 2009 U.S. Girls' Junior champion and a member of the 2012 U.S. Curtis Cup team. Anderson beat Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn 1-up.

"It was a tough match," Anderson said. "She's obviously a very talented player. Coming in, I honestly felt like the underdog. I knew I would have to play my best to beat her."

Wednesday's first-round results (number indicates seeding):

1. Hyo-Joo Kim, Korea, def. No. 64 Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass., 7&6
32. Isabelle Lendl, Goshen, Conn., def. 33. Whitney Hillier, Australia, 2&1
16. Cyna Rodriguez, Philippines, def. 49. Ani Gulugian, Irvine, Calif., 1 up
17. Nicole Zhang, Canada, def. 48. Jaclyn Jansen, Effingham, Ill., 6&5
8.  Natalie Gleadall, Canada, def. 57. Grace Na, Alameda, Calif., 2&1
25. Jayvie Marie Agojo, Philippines, def. 40. Emily Childs, Alameda, Calif., 1 up
56. Maia Schechter, Takoma Park, Md., def. 9. Alina Ching, Honolulu, Hawaii, 4&3
24. Su-Hyun Oh, Australia, def. 41. Holly Clyburn, England, 4&2
61. Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif., def. 4. Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif., 1 up
36. Jaye Marie Green, Boca Raton, Fla., def. 29. Jenna Hague, Canada, 6&4
13. Lisa McCloskey, Houston, Texas, def. 52. Haley Millsap, Pace, Fla., 2&1
20. Lauren Diaz-Yi, Thousand Oaks, Calif., def. 45. Jennifer Kirby, Canada, 22 holes
60. Madeleine Sheils, Boise, Idaho, def. 5. Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla., 3&1
28. Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville, Ga., def. 37. Harin Lee, Bayside, N.Y., 6&5
53. Marijosse Navarro, Mexico, def. 12. Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y., 3&2
44. Lee Lopez, Whittier, Calif., def. 21. Casey Grice, College Station, Texas, 1 up
2.  Lydia Ko, New Zealand, def. 63. Amy Beth Simanton, Lake Oswego, Ore., 4&3
34. Amy Anderson, Oxbow, N.D., def. 31. Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, 1 up
15. Celine Boutier, France, def. 50. Mathilda Poulsen, Australia, 4&3
47. Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J., def. 18. Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, Canada, 4&3
58. Diana Fernandez, Paraguay, def. 7. Brogan McKinnon, Canada, 19 holes
39. Jessica Vasilic, Anaheim Hills, Calif., def. 26. Yueer Feng, People's Republic of China, 4&3
10. Paula Reto, South Africa, def. 55. McKenzie Neisen, New Prague, Minn., 6&5
42. Bronte Law, England, def. 23. Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Thailand, 3&2
3.  Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, def. 62. Jennifer Yang, Korea, 3&1
30. Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif., def. 35. Samantha Swinehart, Lancaster, Ohio, 2&1
14. Breanna Elliott, Australia, def. 51. Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis., 3&2
19. Ashlee Dewhurst, Australia, def. 46. Alexandra Papell, Boca Raton, Fla., 6&5
59. Sarah Beth Davis, Victoria, Texas, def. 6. Emily Tubert, Burbank, Calif., 3&2
38. Austin Ernst, Seneca, S.C., def. 27. Dottie Ardina, Philippines, 4&3
54. Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash., def. 11. Minjee Lee, Australia, def. 5&4
22. Elisabeth Bernabe, Anaheim Hills, Calif., def. 43. Demi Frances Runas, Torrance, Calif., 1 up