GLEN COVE, N.Y. — Bethany Wu shot a 2-under 68 on Tuesday in the U.S. Women's Amateur to top the 64 match-play qualifiers.
The 17-year-old Wu, from Diamond Bar, Calif., finished stroke play at 3-under 137 at Nassau Country Club. Australia's Su-Hyun Oh, the first-round leader, was a shot back along with Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif. Oh had a 72, and Lee shot 69.
Defending champion Emma Talley, the 20-year-old University of Alabama player and former Caldwell County star, tied for 46th at 6 over. She followed her opening 76 with a 70.
Talley won three state championships while at Caldwell County. She also made the cut earlier this year at the U.S. Women's Open and Women's British Open championships.
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"I knew that today was a big day," said Talley, who made the winning putt for United States in June in the Curtis Cup. "I got 1 over at one point, and I knew I just needed to stick with my game."
Former University of Kentucky star Liz Breed also advanced. She shot a 70 after an opening-round 75. Breed wrapped up her UK career earlier this year.
Three Kentuckians missed the cut: Ellen Kehoe, who will be a senior this fall at Taylor County, followed up a 73 with an 82.
Ale Walker, a former Paintsville standout who will be a sophomore at Kentucky, shot an 82 Tuesday after a 76 on Monday.
Hebron's Martha Leach, who competed in her first U.S. Women's Amateur as a 16-year-old in 1978, turned in a 73 after posting an 85 in her opening round.