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Wie just misses out at Publinx

Michelle Wie shot a 2-under-par 142 at the US Men's Public Amateur Links qualifying in Hershey, Pa., yesterday, all but ending her chance to qualify for the 2005 Masters through the Publinx tournaments.

The only female in the field, the 14-year-old Wie finished two strokes behind winners David Bradshaw and Alex Knoll.

Had she been victorious, Wie would have been invited to the Minnesota event in July as one of two southeastern Pennsylvania representatives.

The Hawaiian ninth-grader will now shift her focus to the US Women's Open. Wie finished the morning round tied for fourth at 1-under 71 and shot another 71 in the afternoon session to finish tied for third at 142.

LPGA -- Shrugging off wilting heat and pesky insects, Giulia Sergas and Denise Killeen fired 6-under 65s to share the first-round lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway Township, N.J. Killeen, 42, of Marietta, Ga., opened with six consecutive pars before posting an eagle 3 on the 481-yard 16th hole and adding four birdies.

Sergas, 24, of Trieste, Italy, drilled a 20-foot putt for birdie on her first hole and added three consecutive birdies to overtake Cristie Kerr, who is one shot back at 5 under.
European -- Spain's Carl Suneson shot 67 (for a 5-under 137) in windy conditions to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Aa Saint Omer Open in France.

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