Defending champion Michelle Wie is still a club away from being on her game, but it hasn't mattered yet for the 14-year-old in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in Williamsburg.
Wie overcame a still-shaky putter with solid iron play yesterday in a 3-and-1 victory against Brooke Goodwin of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., while medalist Brittany Lang beat Amber Jean Kuss of Koontz Lake, Ind., 5 and 4.
"I didn't miss a green today," Wie said. "If my putts fell today . . . it would have been an easier match, but none of my putts fell."
Wie led 4 up after 12 holes, saw her lead cut in half and then clinched it on the 17th hole before playing the last with her parents.
Wie, Lang and the other 29 winners will have to go a long way to top what In Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., pulled off. She was 4 down to Tiffany Tavee of Gilbert, Ariz., after four holes, then rallied to win, using a chip to a foot away and a birdie putt to complete her big comeback.
The 15-year-old Park -- a semifinalist in the U.S. Women's Amateur last year -- used birdies on Nos. 9, 10, 15 and 16 to set up the dramatic ending on the 18th hole.
The field of 64 was halved by the first round, with two more rounds slated for today on the 6,159-yard Green Course at Golden Horseshoe.
Two more will be held Saturday, with a 36-hole final on Sunday.
Other notable winners were No. 2 qualifier Jenna Pearson of Wheaton, Ill.; Jane Park of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., a teammate of Wie's and Lang's on the U.S. Curtis Cup team that beat Britain and Ireland at Formby, England, on June 13; and No. 4 qualifier Stephanie Kono, like Wie a 14-year-old from Punahou School in Honolulu.
The biggest upset was pulled off by Brianna Broderick of Richmond, Mo., who beat No. 3 qualifier Courtney Mahon of Topeka, Kan.
-- Associated Press