Woods' niece advances to Round 2 in U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links

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Associated Pres

Series: Other Tour

Qualifying medalist 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.

2011 U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS

Female golfers from 34 states and 11 foreign countries are taking part this week at Bandon Dunes.

“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.