By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Oklahoma’s trio of golfers all secured spots in the field of 64 Tuesday in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
Anne-Catherine Tanguay finished at even par after a second-round 75. Chirapat Jao-Javanil shot 75 in the second round to finish at 3 over.
The cut fell at 9-over par, which caused Taylor Schmidt to sweat a little as she was playing her final holes early Tuesday evening.
Schmidt thought she put herself in serious jeopardy with a bogey at No. 16 and a double bogey at No. 17. A par at No. 18 was enough to get her into the clubhouse at 8 over.
“I survived,” Schmidt said.
Tanguay and Jao-Javanil knew they had advanced to match play as soon as they finished their rounds. Both were looking forward to changing their outlooks with the beginning of match play.
“Now you just go,” Jao-Javanil said. “I’m sure I’m gonna take some shots tomorrow that I wouldn’t usually take. You don’t have to think much in match play. You can just go for everything.”
Jao-Javanil, who was a quarterfinalist in last year’s WPAL, has only made two birdies — one each round — through the first 36 holes.
Tanguay knows she must be aggressive, too.
“I’m gonna play a lot more aggressive tomorrow, and that will be good just for the thrill,” Tanguay said. “I’m looking forward to that.”
Local connections: Three players with state connections also advanced to match play. Oklahoma State’s Julie Yang joined Casey Danielson and Mariel Galdiano at 2-under-par following a Tuesday round of 70.
Former OU golfer Jade Staggs also advanced. The Moore native and Westmoore High School graduate shot 73 Tuesday to post a 5-over total.
“I feel confident and good about my game,” Staggs said. “I’m calm and at peace with where I’m at. I’m excited.”
Lucy Nunn, an assistant coach at Kentucky but originally from Lawton, shot her second straight 75 to finish at 6 over.
Shot of the day: Lacey Fears, who finished the day tied for 17th at 3 over, had a hole-in-one on No. 2 Tuesday. Fears, who plays collegiately at Mercer University, used a 7-iron to ace the 153-yard hole.
It was the first hole-in-one at the WAPL since Mary Matson’s at the 2009 event Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, Mass.
Assist of the day: Staggs was hunting for her ball in the left rough on No. 8 and the five minutes allowed to find it was running out. It was found by Transcript photographer Jay Chilton.
“It was just in the left rough and everyone was looking farther to the left and I was like, it has to be right here because I didn’t think it was that far left,” Staggs said. “He came up on it and that was nice. It kept me from not being so stressed out, because I really didn’t want to go back to the tee.”
Staggs went on to bogey the hole, but shot a 73 and safely made the cut at 4-over par.
Noteable players heading home: Emily Tubert, winner of the 2010 championship, missed the cut, as did 2011 runner-up Marissa Dodd.
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