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Wie 84th of 156 in men's Public Links

Michelle Wie bogeys No. 17 en route to 6-over 76. She needs to gain 20 places today to qualify for Wednesday's 64-man match-play field.

By wire services
Published July 12, 2005


LEBANON, Ohio - Michelle Wie faded down the stretch again and shot 6-over 76 on the first day of stroke play at the men's Amateur Public Links on Monday.

Playing in front of a huge gallery, the 15-year-old tied for 84th in the 156-player field. The low 64 scorers over 36 holes of medal play - the second 18 holes are today - move on to Wednesday's match play.

Chan Song of Atlanta and Garrett Jones of Rewey, Wis., led at 66. Plant City's Chase Baldwin was second with 69.

Wie, who won the 2003 Women's Amateur Public Links, is playing in the men's APL because the winner traditionally gets an invitation to the Masters. She just missed the cut at the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic Friday, finding trouble on the final few holes.

It was more of the same Monday. She shot 41 on the back nine.

"I played the front nine on Sunday, so I knew what I was doing," Wie said. "I breezed through the back nine. I didn't have a clue how it would play under tournament conditions."

She said a score around par 70 might be good enough to get her into match play. "Par's a good score - that's what I'll be thinking tomorrow," she said.

Wie played the first 10 holes at Shaker Run Golf Club in par, then had two double bogeys and two more bogeys on the way into the clubhouse.

Six TV cameras were trained on Wie as she teed off on the first hole. Her partners, unaccustomed to playing in front of large crowds, were jittery early.

Ed McDugle, a high school teacher and girls golf coach from Memphis, tried to break up the tension by doing a little recruiting.

"I told her my No.3 girl was transferring and that a couple of my seniors graduated," McDugle, who shot 77, said. "My No.1 and No.2 girls are going to be pretty good, but I told her I could find a spot for her if she moved to Memphis."

WOMEN'S AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS: Angela Park, 16, shot 5-under 66 to lead after the first day of stroke play. Park, from Torrance, Calif., had six birdies and one bogey, finishing one stroke ahead of Tiffany Chudy of Miramar and Mari Chun of Hawaii at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City, Mo. Chudy, a 19-year-old who plays for the University of Florida, had six birdies and two bogeys. The field of 144 will be trimmed to 64 after today's stroke play before the event moves into match play Wednesday.