Princeton rising senior Kelly Shon advanced further than she had in her previous two appearances at the USGA Women's Amateur Public Links championship, and she was one hole away from playing another day at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.
Shon fell in 19 holes to Oklahoma State rising sophomore Julie Yang in the match-play Round of 16 after rallying from a two-hole deficit with 11 holes already played. In her first two appearances in the tournament, Shon lost in the Round of 64 in 2011 and the Round of 32 last year.
Earlier Thursday, Shon assured herself of her furthest advance by defeating Oregon State alumna Whitney French 2&1. Shon, the bracket's No. 11 seed, was up by four holes through 12 before French won three of the next four holes to pull within one after 16. Shon won the 17th hole to clinch the match, taking a two-hole lead with one to play.
Against the No. 6-seeded Yang, Shon rallied from being down two holes with seven to play. Shon won the 12th and 15th holes to pull even, and the two stayed tied through 18.
Back on the par-4 first hole, now serving as hole No. 19 for the match, Yang made par while Shon bogeyed, allowing Yang to take the match.
Shon's match capped a series of exceptionally close Round of 16 matches, as all eight played at least 17 holes and three went to a 19th hole. Yang is one of just three players among the top 13 seeds to advance to the quarterfinals.
The complete bracket is available here.