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Corpuz leads after first round of qualifying at U.S. Women's Amateur

CHARLESTON, S.C. - With the day's only sub-par round of 2-under 69, Allisen Corpuz sits atop the leader board following Monday's first round of stroke play in the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, being conducted at the par-71 Country Club of Charleston.

Seven players trail Corpuz, of Honolulu, by two strokes at even-par 71, including 2013 Royale Cup Canadian Women's Amateur champion Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, four-time U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Stasi and 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion Emily Tubert.{}

The 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship is open to female amateur golfers. It consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play, with the championship scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Sunday.

The U.S. Women's Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Corpuz, 15, carded three birdies to only one bogey over the Seth Raynor-designed course en route to the clubhouse lead. A surprising birdie at the par-4 first hole set the pace for Corpuz's steady round.

"I actually pushed my drive into the rough, in between the two bunkers on the first hole," said Corpuz, who attends Honolulu's prestigious Punahou School. "I caught a hybrid and it landed about 10 or 20 yards short (of the green) and rolled up to 30 feet."

Corpuz knocked in that 30-footer and rolled from there, a bogey on the par-4 10th the only blemish on her scorecard. Despite Monday's success, Corpuz is very cognizant that the job is not finished.

"I still have to play a solid round tomorrow, but it's a lot better than shooting a couple over and having to worry about putting in another good round," she said.

The Women's Amateur is the final event in Corpuz's daunting summer stretch of golf. The Corpuz entourage departed Hawaii on May 30 and has not left the U.S. mainland since, making stops at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and Girls' Junior championships, the Rolex Girls Junior Championship and the Women's TRANS National Championship. Corpuz came to Charleston fresh from a T5 finish at last week's Junior PGA Championship.

"I'm kind of ready to go home, but I'm trying to put in one last solid tournament," said Corpuz with a wry smile.

Stasi, 34, of Oakland Park, Fla., is attempting to reach match play for the second time in her nine Women's Amateur appearances. Five birdies, including a 20-footer at the club's notoriously difficult par-3 11th, put her in prime position to advance.{}

"I had a little game plan," said Stasi of her approach to the 11th, a classic reverse-Redan hole that features an extreme false front and yielded only three birdies on Monday. "I hit it where I wanted to and was fortunate to make the putt."

With the familiar presence of her father, Mike Bolger, on the bag, Stasi made easy work of her morning round.

"You really just have to pay attention to every shot," said Stasi. "I was pretty fortunate to put myself in good spots."

Tubert, 21, of Burbank, Calif., started on the 10th hole and opened with a strong 2-under 33 over her outward nine. Her inward nine, on the other hand, was a different story.{}

"I was putting great (on the first nine), got up and down a couple times," said Tubert, the only member of the 2012 USA Curtis Cup Team who is eligible for the championship. "And then the back nine, I just was hitting it all over."{}

Bogeys at the par-4 fourth and eighth holes dropped Tubert back to even for the day. But the day was not a total loss for the rising senior at the University of Arkansas, who had a less-than-stellar collegiate season before failing to make the cut at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in June.

"I feel like my game, everything is kind of on the up-and-up," said Tubert, who qualified for the 2013 U.S. Women's Open, but missed the cut. "I've worked hard on a lot of mental stuff and swing stuff since I've been home. I feel like I'm on the verge of playing great golf."

Just 10 days ago, Henderson, of Canada, won her home country's Women's Amateur, capturing a runaway six-stroke victory. The 15-year-old carried that momentum into Monday's round, carding four birdies and four bogeys on the windswept course.

"It was tough out there today," said Henderson, who made the cut at the 2013 U.S. Women's Open in June. "The wind was really strong, so I just focused on yardages going into the green and tried to play to the conservative side, to get a putt at it."{}

Emma Talley returned a notable scorecard on Monday morning. The 19-year-old from Princeton, Ky., notched 18 pars to join Henderson, Stasi and Tubert at 71. Also with even-par scorecards are Carolin Pinegger, 22, of Austria; Kendall Prince, 20, of Lake Oswego, Ore.; and 14-year-old Yumi Matsubara, of Japan.

South Carolina's Dawn Woodard joined Stasi in strong representation for the Mid-Amateur set. The 38-year-old, who is competing in her second Women's Amateur and her first since 2007, is tied for ninth with a 1-over 72.

"You just have to be very patient and take what (the course) gives you, which is a good thing for me," said Woodard, the only player out of the field's five Mid-Amateurs to advance via sectional qualifying (the remaining four were fully exempt). "I'm not going to ever go out there and make a lot of birdies, but I can make a lot of pars, usually."

The championship's youngest competitor, 10-year-old Lucy Li, failed to capture the same magic that propelled her into match play at the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links. Li opened with a triple-bogey 7 at the first hole en route to an 11-over 82.

"The course isn't much harder (than the WAPL course), but it's a lot longer," said Li, of Redwood Shores, Calif., who last month became the youngest competitor in WAPL history to reach match play.

Alison Lee, the runner-up at the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior, returned a 1-over 72. Gabriella Then, who became the most recent USGA female champion when she won the U.S. Girls' Junior two weeks ago, opened with a 2-over 73, along with 2012 Girls' Junior champion Minjee Lee. Lauren Diaz-Yi, who captured the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, shot a 4-over 75, as did 2012 WAPL champion Kyung Kim and Erynne Lee, who represented the USA at the 2012 Women's World Amateur Team Championship.{}

Casie Cathrea, the low amateur at the 2013 U.S. Women's Open, returned seven bogeys to one birdie en route to a 6-over 77. Five-time USGA champion Ellen Port, who will captain the 2014 USA Curtis Cup Team next June, carded a 7-over 78.{}

Results

Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii - 35-3469

Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. - 34-3771

Yumi Matsubara, Japan - 35-3671

Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky. - 36-3571

Kendall Prince, Lake Oswego, Ore. - 37-3471

Emily Tubert, Burbank, Calif. - 38-3371

Brooke MacKenzie Henderson, Canada - 35-3671

Carolin Pinegger, Austria - 35-3671

Allyssa Ferrell, Edgerton, Wis. - 37-3572

Stephanie Meadow, Northern Ireland - 36-3672

Lauren Sewell, Renton, Wash. - 36-3672

Brittany Fan, Pearl City, Hawaii - 35-3772

Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. - 38-3472

Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii - 36-3672

Yueer Cindy Feng, Orlando, Fla. - 36-3672

Dawn Woodard, Greer, S.C. - 35-3772

Ally McDonald, Fulton, Miss. - 34-3872

Clariss Guce, Philippines - 37-3572

Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. - 36-3672

Su-Hyun Oh, Australia - 38-3573

Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. - 37-3673

Lori Beth Adams, Burlington, N.C. - 39-3473

Minjee Lee, Australia - 36-3773

Aurora Kan, Boothwyn, Pa. - 38-3573

Kotone Hori, Japan - 36-3773

Ember Schuldt, Sterling, Ill. - 35-3873

Sophia Popov, Germany - 36-3874

Katelyn Sepmoree, Tyler, Texas - 38-3674

Paige Lee, Folsom, Calif. - 37-3774

Kelly Grassel, Chesterton, Ind. - 38-3674

Tatiana Wijaya, Indonesia - 37-3774

Marijosse Navarro, Mexico - 38-3674

Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. - 37-3774

Katelyn Dambaugh, Goose Creek, S.C. - 37-3774

Doris Chen, Chinese Taipei - 36-3874

Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y. - 37-3774

Caroline Inglis, Eugene, Ore. - 37-3774

Grace Na, Oakland, Calif. - 37-3875

Christine Meier, Rochester Hills, Mich. - 39-3675

Lauren Diaz-Yi, Thousand Oaks, Calif. - 39-3675

Desiree Dubreuil, Santa Ana, Calif. - 38-3775

Jessie Gerry, Madison, Wis. - 38-3775

Alexandra Harkins, Crystal Lake, Ill. - 37-3875

Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. - 39-3675

Kyung Kim, Chandler, Ariz. - 35-4075

Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. - 38-3775

Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. - 38-3775

Cammie Gray, Northport, Ala. - 39-3675

Saki Iida, Gilbert, Ariz. - 38-3775

Elizabeth Nagel, Dewitt, Mich. - 39-3675

Eunjeong Seong, Republic of Korea - 39-3675

Leona Maguire, Republic of Ireland - 36-3975

Shawn Rennegarbe, Addieville, Ill. - 37-3875

Louise Yi, Cinnaminson, N.J. - 39-3776

Princess Superal, Philippines - 37-3976

Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas - 38-3876

Ashley Holder, Orlando, Fla. - 38-3876

Spencer Heller, Turlock, Calif. - 37-3976

Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis. - 39-3776

Emily Collins, Colleyville, Texas - 37-3976

Jennifer Yang, Republic of Korea - 38-3876

Lucia Polo, Guatemala - 41-3576

Lydia Choi, Beverly Hills, Calif. - 40-3676

Cyna Marie Rodriguez, Philippines - 39-3776

Simin Feng, People's Republic of China - 41-3576

Mariko Tumangan, San Jose, Calif. - 38-3876

Gabriela Lopez, Mexico - 40-3676

Chaewon Park, San Pedro, Calif. - 39-3776

Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville, Ga. - 40-3676

Alyssa Shimel, Perrysburg, Ohio - 41-3576

Monica Petchakan, Encino, Calif. - 38-3876

Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. - 39-3877

Erica Stoner, Ocala, Fla. - 41-3677

Maria Fassi, Mexico - 40-3777

Kacie Komoto, Honolulu, Hawaii - 39-3877

Gabrielle Curtis, Eau Claire, Wis. - 40-3777

Liv Cheng, New Zealand - 40-3777

Vivian Tsui, Canada - 39-3877

Taylor Yoshitake, Los Angeles, Calif. - 40-3777

Jennifer Coleman, Rolling Hills Estate, Calif. - 39-3877

Emma Lavy, Fayetteville, Ark. - 41-3677

Kuriko Tsukiyama, West New York, N.J. - 40-3777

Avery French, Laguna Niguel, Calif. - 39-3877

Casie Cathrea, Livermore, Calif. - 39-3877

Kendall Martindale, Jefferson City, Tenn. - 39-3978

Grace Lennon, Australia - 40-3878

Abigail Portyrata, Midlothian, Va. - 39-3978

Kaci McCartan, Plano, Texas - 40-3878

Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. - 39-3978

Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. - 43-3578

kPort, St. Louis, Mo. - 39-3978

Hayley Bettencourt, Australia - 40-3878

Haley Andreas, Pacific Grove, Calif. - 40-3878

Regina Plasencia, Mexico - 41-3879

Sydney Merchant, Morrison, Colo. - 42-3779

McKenzie Talbert, North Augusta, S.C. - 38-4179

Nicole Ferre, Weston, Fla. - 41-3879

Erin Misheff, Silver Lake, Ohio - 40-3979

Briana Mao, Folsom, Calif. - 38-4179

Laura Wearn, Charlotte, N.C. - 39-4079

Yu Liu, People's Republic of China - 43-3679

Alleman Zech, Indian Wells, Calif. - 38-4179

Abby Newton, Katy, Texas - 40-3979

Grace Ga Ryung Park, P.R. Korea - 42-3779

Christina Foster, Canada - 42-3779

Anna Gleixner, Greenwood, Ind. - 41-3879

Danielle Lemek, Doniphan, Neb. - 40-3979

Vaishavi Sinha, India - 39-4079

Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. - 38-4179

Hana Ku, Basking Ridge, N.J. - 42-3880

Haley Zagoria, Atlanta, Ga. - 43-3780

Anne Marie Covar, Edgefield, S.C. - 39-4180

Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colo. - 42-3880

Hannah Wood, Centennial, Colo. - 40-4080

Emily Ransone, Hilliard, Ohio - 40-4080

Erin Selfridge, Fleming Island, Fla. - 43-3780

Rinko Mitsunaga, Japan - 42-3880

Aya Johnson, North Muskegon, Mich. - 44-3680

Bianca Maria Fabrizio, Italy - 41-3980

Jordan Britt, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 40-4080

Isabelle Kane, Winnetka, Ill. - 40-4080

Talia Campbell, Dallas, Texas - 42-3880

Jennifer Dilger, Palmdale, Calif. - 39-4180

Anna Zhou, Palo Alto, Calif. - 41-3980

Kalynd Carson, The Woodlands, Texas - 39-4180

Jessica Vasilic, Sweden - 41-3980

Lily Bartell, Hilton Head Island, S.C. - 43-3881

Ju Hee Bae, Chantilly, Va. - 40-4181

Sloan Shanahan, Suwanee, Ga. - 41-4081

Danielle Lee, La Mirada, Calif. - 37-4481

Jacqueline Chang, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 39-4281

Liz Breed, Waynesboro, Pa. - 40-4181

Alex Rossi, Austin, Texas - 39-4281

Ashley Burke, Boynton Beach, Fla. - 40-4181

Katie Petrino, Louisville, Ky. - 39-4281

Melanie Chambers, Henderson, Nev. - 41-4081

Lucy Li, Redwood Shores, Calif. - 42-4082

Chelsea Mocio, Fort Worth, Texas - 40-4282

Brittany Mai, Poway, Calif. - 41-4182

Shelby Martinek, Tempe, Ariz. - 41-4182

Kiersten Klekner-Alt, Canada - 44-3882

Kelli Murphy, Elgin, S.C. - 42-4082

Melissa Siviter, United Kingdom - 41-4182

Lisa Maguire, Republic of Ireland - 43-3982

Jane Fitzgerald, Kensington, Md. - 43-3982

Isabelle Lendl, Goshen, Conn. - 44-3983

Patricia Holt, Frisco, Texas - 38-4684

Lauren Greenlief, Oakton, Va. - 45-3984

Christine Wong, Canada - 43-4184

Katy Funk, Spartanburg, S.C. - 42-4284

Rosie Davies, England - 42-4385

Anna Grace Lavy, Fayetteville, Ark. - 43-4285

Mariana Sims, Austin, Texas - 41-4485

Alessandra Kutz, Sanford, Fla. - 41-4485

Christina Ocampo, Delray Beach, Fla. - 44-4286

Liz Waynick, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 43-4487

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