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Natasha makes the cut at US Girls’ Junior

July 25: Malaysia’s Natasha Andrea Oon  made it to the matchplay stage of the US Girls’ Junior Championship at Boone Valley, carding rounds of 73 and 74 to finish 28th in the strokeplay qualifying.

Californian prodigy Lucy Li captured medalist honors after adding a second round 66 to her opening 71.

“I hit the ball really well today, much better than I did yesterday,” said Li, 14, who finished one stroke better than Paphangkorn Tavatanakit of Thailand.  “I really struggled with my ball striking yesterday, especially with my hybrids.”

Li earned low-amateur honors in April in the ANA Inspiration, the first Major of the LPGA season. In 2014, she became the youngest to play in a US Women’s Open at age 11 at Pinehurst. Though she missed the cut, her youthful enthusiasm earned notoriety during the national broadcast.

The US Girls’ Junior consists of 36 holes of stroke play, with the low 64 players advancing to match play. The championship is scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Saturday. There were 12 countries represented in this year’s championship: Australia (2), Brazil (1), Canada (9), Chinese Taipei (6), Japan (2), Malaysia (1), Mexico (3), People’s Republic of China (8), Philippines (5), Republic of Korea (5), Thailand (3) and the United States of America (111).

Qualifiers and scores:
Lucy Li, Redwood Shores, Calif. 71-66–137
Paphangkorn Tavatanakit, Thailand 70-68–138
Nicole Whiston, San Diego, Calif. 70-70–140
Caroline Hodge, Larchmont, N.Y. 68-72–140
Zoe Campos, Valencia, Calif. 71-69–140
Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. 67-74–141
Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla. 71-70–141
Rachel Kuehn, Asheville, N.C. 75-66–141
Karah Sanford, Escondido, Calif. 71-70–141
Michaela Morard, Huntsville, Ala. 72-70–142
Youngin Chun, Gainesville, Fla. 74-69–143
Haley Moore, Escondido, Calif. 70-73–143
Brianna Navarrosa, San Diego, Calif. 68-75–143
Yujeong Son, Republic of Korea 73-71–144
Macy Fox, Austin, Texas 70-74–144
Jennifer Chang, Cary, N.C. 76-69–145
Yealimi Noh, Concord, Calif. 75-70–145
Lois Kaye Go, Philippines 73-72–145
Chia-Yen Wu, Chinese Taipei 75-70–145
Elle Nachmann, Boca Raton, Fla. 71-74–145
Ashley Menne, Surprise, Ariz. 74-72–146
Mikhaela Fortuna, Philippines 72-74–146
Hailey Borja, Lake Forest, Calif. 73-73–146
Calista Reyes, San Diego, Calif. 73-73–146
Smith Knaffle, Murrells Inlet, S.C. 71-75–146
Hsin Yu Lu, Chinese Taipei 74-72–146
Haylin Harris, Carmel, Ind. 71-75–146
Natasha Andrea Oon, Malaysia 73-74–147
Celeste Dao, Canada 76-71–147
Kelly Sim, Edgewater, N.J. 71-76–147
Kelly Su, Scottsdale, Ariz. 78-69–147
Lauren Peter, Carmel, N.Y. 75-72–147
Yu-Sang Hou, Chinese Taipei 74-73–147
Irene Kim, La Palma, Calif. 74-73–147
Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, Ind. 73-74–147
Jacque Galloway, Rio Rancho, N.M. 71-77–148
Ashley Gilliam, Manchester, Tenn. 72-76–148
Euna Han, Canada 77-71–148
Brittany Kwon, Bremerton, Wash. 75-73–148
Angelina (Lei) Ye, People’s Republic of China 77-71–148
Ruqing Guan, People’s Republic of China 73-75–148
Elizabeth Moon, Forrest City, Ark. 75-74–149
Stephanie Carras, Midland, Mich. 71-78–149
Lauren Beaudreau, Lemont, Ill. 71-78–149
Brooke Seay, San Diego, Calif. 77-72–149
Han Hsuan Yu, Chinese Taipei 75-74–149
Ellie Szeryk, Canada 76-73–149
So Whi Kang, Republic of Korea 74-75–149
Julia Misemer, Overland Park, Kan. 77-72–149
Ami Gianchandani, Watchung, N.J. 75-74–149
Ximena Gonzalez Garcia, Mexico 76-73–149
Virginia Green, Fairhope, Ala. 79-71–150
Tze-Han Lin, Chinese Taipei 73-77–150
Julia Gregg, Farmers Branch, Texas 77-73–150
Ivy Shepherd, Peachtree City, Ga. 76-74–150
Kennedy Swann, Austin, Texas 73-77–150
Annick Haczkiewicz, Las Vegas, Nev. 74-76–150
Leila Dizon, Los Angeles, Calif. 72-78–150
Jayna Choi, Collierville, Tenn. 77-73–150
Taylor Roberts, Parkland, Fla. 72-78–150
Izzy Pellot, Orlando, Fla. 77-74–151
Maisie Filler, Bloomfield, Conn. 75-76–151
Emily Mahar, Australia 74-77–151
Belinda Hu, San Ramon, Calif. 76-76–152


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