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Saso in easy first round win

/ 05:15 AM July 26, 2019

Top-seeded Yuka Saso of the Philippines made short work of American Kaylee Sakoda, 6&4, to advance to the round-of-32 of the US Girls’ Junior Championship on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) even as a lot of seeds took the door in the opening round at Stevens Point in Wisconsin.

One of those who got the boot early was the second-ranked Maddison Hindon-Tolchard of Australia, who bowed to No. 63 Caroline Hodge of New York after 19 holes.

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Even though she admitted the other day that she really is not comfortable in match play, Saso didn’t give Sakoda a chance.

The Filipino-Japanese, a double gold medal winner in the last Asian Games, birdied four of her five holes from No. 10 to close out the Californian and arrange a clash with Delaware’s Phoebe Brinker, who nipped Colombia’s Valery Plata, 1-up.

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“Yeah, I was nervous,” said Saso, who shot six-under-par in just 14 holes. “I’m kind of tired, so I might just rest for today (Wednesday). Long day tomorrow (Thursday).”

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