Medalists Salas, Kempter upset in first-round matches

ERIN, Wis. -- Qualifying medalists Lizette Salas and Katie Kempter lost their first-round matches Wednesday in the U. S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

Ellen Mueller of Bartlesville, Okla., beat Salas, from Azusa, Calif., 2 and 1, and Taiwan's Tzu Chi Lin edged Kempter, from Albuquerque, N.M., in 20 holes.

Mueller and Lin were among seven players who tied for the final spots in stroke-play qualifying at 14-over 160 -- 16 strokes behind Salas and Kempter on the 6,158-yard par-73 Erin Hills Golf Course.

"It was very hard," Lin said. "She played very well."

Kimberly Kim of Hilo, Hawaii, the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, also lost, falling 3 and 2 to Brianna Do of Lakewood, Calif.

"Knowing she won in 2006 just made me want to win it more," Do said .

Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale Ariz., the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur runner-up, was ousted by Aimee Neff of Carmel, Ind., 2 and 1.