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LI's Annie Park, Kelly Shon advance in U.S. Women's Amateur

This composite photo shows Levittown native Annie Park,

This composite photo shows Levittown native Annie Park, left and Port Washington native Kelly Shon, right. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke, Patrick E. McCarthy

Annie Park of Levittown and Kelly Shon of Port Washington won their first-round matches at the U.S. Women's Amateur on Wednesday afternoon. And if each wins her round of 32 match this morning, they will play each other in the round of 16 this afternoon at the Country Club of Charleston.

Park, the NCAA champion for USC, was 1 down to Lauren Stephenson of Lexington, S.C., (soon to be a Clemson freshman) through five holes, but drew even on No. 6. Park blew open the match by winning four holes in a row, 10 through 13, and cruised to a 4 and 3 decision. She will play Brittany Fan of Pearl City, Hawaii, this morning.

Shon, who plays for Princeton and tied for the best score in stroke-play qualifying with a 68 Tuesday, made a vital 12-foot par putt on the par-3 17th to maintain a one-hole lead over Gabriela Lopez of Mexico. Shon had to back off her potential match-clinching par putt on No. 18 twice because of noise nearby. She missed, but it didn't matter because Lopez also made bogey. Shon will face Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, Fla., a four-time U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion.

The Women's Amateur will be played next year on Long Island, at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove.

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