Lang Leads Wie Disappointed at Publinx

By Associated PressJune 23, 2004, 4:00 pm
USGAWILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- A black snake slithering in her path drew a screech of surprise from Michelle Wie on Wednesday, but it took a delay because of thunder and lightning to get her off her game after a flawless start.
The 14-year-old was 3 under before a 50-minute stoppage and 2 over after it, undermined again by one miserable hole as stroke-play qualifying concluded in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Wie, the defending champion, had a three-putt triple-bogey with a penalty stroke Wednesday, following a four-putt double-bogey in the first round. Her 1-under 71 and two-day total of 141 was good enough to tie her for sixth with three others.
Disappointed, she pledged to do better in match play which starts Thursday.
'Match play tomorrow is a whole different kind of story,' she said, 'and I feel like I'm really ready for that.'
The top 64 players advanced to the first round of match play, which continues until a 36-hole championship match on Sunday.
Brittany Lang, a teammate of Wie's on the U.S. team that won the Curtis Cup this month, bolted to the lead at 9-under 135 after a 65 that featured eight birdies on the 6,158-yard Green Course at Golden Horseshoe.
Lang missed only two greens and rolled in birdie putts of 30 and 25 feet as well as making six others from within 8 feet.
'I hit a lot of shots at the flag,' the McKinney, Texas, native said.
Taking some time off to rest after the Curtis Cup, which pitted the U.S. team against Britain and Ireland and ended June 13, was crucial, Lang said.
'I was wearing myself out with golf and working out,' she said.
Lang wasn't the only one who got hot on Wednesday.
Jenna Pearson of Wheaton, Ill., was two back after a 66, and Courtney Mahon of Topeka, Kan., was third at 138 after a 68. The top five also included 14-year-old Stephanie Kono (70), who attends the same school as Wie in Honolulu, at 139, and Ya-Ni Tseng (70) of Chinese Taipei at 140.
Pearson's round was set up by an unspectacular first round.
'Yesterday I had 17 pars and one birdie and I really didn't make any mistakes so I just felt really good coming into today,' she said.
'It'll help me (Thursday) to know there are birdies out there.'
Kono, six weeks younger than Wie and a rising ninth grader, isn't a long hitter like her schoolmate and some of the others playing here. Still, she said match play can change a lot of things and give everyone an equal chance.
'If they have a good putting day, that's all it takes,' she said.
36-hole Stroke-Play Qualifying Results
Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas, 70-65--135
Jenna Pearson, Wheaton, Ill., 71-66--137
Courtney Mahon, Topeka, Kan., 70-68--138
Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii, 69-70--139
Ya-Ni Tseng, Chinese Taipei, 70-70--140
Angela Park, Torrance, Calif., 74-67--141
Carling Cho, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 69-72--141
In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla., 71-70--141
Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii, 70-71--141
Jane Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 70-72--142
Ashley Grier, Hagerstown, Md., 71-72--143
Gabby Wedding, Wilmington, Ohio, 71-72--143
Katie Quinney, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., 74-69--143
Ko-Chen Yeh, Chinese Taipei, 74-69--143
Kwan-Chih Lu, Chinese Taipei, 73-70--143
Karyn Stordahl, Prior Lake, Minn., 71-73--144
Kuan-Pei Chen, Chinese Taipei, 74-70--144
Shannon Ogg, Charlotte, N.C., 74-70--144
Taylor Barrett, York, S.C., 73-71--144
Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif., 72-72--144
Hoi Ning Eva Yoe, Ppls Rep of China, 70-75--145
Hwanhee Lee, Los Angeles, Calif., 70-75--145
Jooyoung Yang, Korea, 70-75--145
Kristen Campos, Mesa, Ariz., 73-72--145
Melissa Martin, Altadena, Calif., 75-70--145
Sung Lee, Tacoma, Wash., 71-74--145
Ashley Leonard, Rocky Mount, N.C., 71-75--146
Christine Yum, Bradenton, Fla., 72-74--146
Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va., 73-73--146
Mayumi Motoyama, Littleton, Colo., 72-74--146
Selanee Henderson, Apple Valley, Calif., 76-70--146
Shannon Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D., 71-75--146
Hannah Jun, San Diego, Calif., 73-74--147
Kelly Jacques, Longmont, Colo., 77-70--147
Laura Crawford, Lancaster, S.C., 72-75--147
Lauren Hunt, Little River, S.C., 76-71--147
Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn., 75-72--147
Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif., 74-73--147
Nara Shin, Chula Vista, Calif., 71-76--147
Aimee Cho, Korea, 77-71--148
Elena Kurokawa, Redondo Beach, Calif., 75-73--148
Janet Dyer, Starkville, Miss., 74-74--148
Karla Kalian, Brush Prairie, Wash., 72-76--148
Kasi Lee, Paramus, N.J., 77-71--148
Lauren Doughtie, Suffolk, Va., 72-76--148
Lehua Wise, Lihue, Hawaii, 73-75--148
Lisa Meshke, Blooming Prairie, Minn., 74-74--148
Maria Gallegos, Argentina, 72-76--148
Noriko Nakazaki, Hanover Park, Ill., 74-74--148
Sara Brown, Tucson, Ariz., 75-73--148
Tiffany Chudy, Miramar, Fla., 75-73--148
Violeta Retamoza, Mexico, 73-75--148
Wendra Liang, San Francisco, Calif., 74-74--148
Amber Jean Kuss, Koontz Lake, Ind., 76-73--149
Brianna Broderick, Richmond, Mo., 73-76--149
Brooke Goodwin, Fuquay-Varina, N.C., 78-71--149
Erica Battle, Columbia, S.C., 77-72--149
Hsiao-Ching Lu, Chinese Taipei, 74-75--149
Kansas Gooden, Harrisonburg, Va., 75-74--149
Mackinzie Kline, Encinitas, Calif., 76-73--149
Megan Godfrey, Homewood, Ill., 76-73--149
Nicole Hage, Coral Springs, Fla., 74-75--149
Stephanie Godare, Houston, Texas, 74-75--149
Tiffany Tavee, Gilbert, Ariz., 75-74--149
Match Play Pairings -- Upper Half
8:30 am Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas vs. Amber Jean Kuss, Koontz Lake, Ind.
8:38 am Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va. vs. Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif.
8:46 am Taylor Barrett, York, S.C. vs. Janet Dyer, Starkville, Miss.
8:54 am Karyn Stordahl, Prior Lake, Minn. vs. Lauren Doughtie, Suffolk, Va.
9:02 am Carling Cho, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. vs. Erica Battle, Columbia, S.C.
9:10 am Hwanhee Lee, Los Angeles, Calif. vs. Maria Gallegos, Argentina
9:18 am In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla. vs. Tiffany Tavee, Gilbert, Ariz.
9:26 am Hoi Ning Eva Yoe, Ppls Rep of China vs. Lehua Wise, Lihue, Hawaii
9:34 am Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii vs. Stephanie Godare, Houston, Texas
9:42 am Mayumi Motoyama, Littleton, Colo. vs. Hannah Jun, San Diego, Calif.
9:50 am Ko-Chen Yeh, Chinese Taipei vs. Violeta Retamoza, Mexico
9:58 am Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. vs. Karla Kalian, Brush Prairie, Wash.
10:06 am Ya-Ni Tseng, Chinese Taipei vs. Megan Godfrey, Homewood, Ill.
10:14 am Ashley Leonard, Rocky Mount, N.C. vs. Kelly Jacques, Longmont, Colo.
10:22 am Ashley Grier, Hagerstown, Md. vs. Wendra Liang, San Francisco, Calif.
10:30 am Jooyoung Yang, Korea vs. Sara Brown, Tucson, Ariz.
Lower Half
10:38 am Jenna Pearson, Wheaton, Ill. vs. Kansas Gooden, Harrisonburg, Va.
10:46 am Shannon Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D. vs. Laura Crawford, Lancaster, S.C.
10:54 am Kwan-Chih Lu, Chinese Taipei vs. Noriko Nakazaki, Hanover Park, Ill.
11:02 am Kuan-Pei Chen, Chinese Taipei vs. Elena Kurokawa, Redondo Beach, Calif.
11:10 am Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii vs. Brooke Goodwin, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
11:18 am Melissa Martin, Altadena, Calif. vs. Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn.
11:26 am Jane Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. vs. Hsiao-Ching Lu, Chinese Taipei
11:34 am Kristen Campos, Mesa, Ariz. vs. Kasi Lee, Paramus, N.J.
11:42 am Courtney Mahon, Topeka, Kan. vs. Brianna Broderick, Richmond, Mo.
11:50 am Christine Yum, Bradenton, Fla. vs. Nara Shin, Chula Vista, Calif.
11:58 am Katie Quinney, Jacksonville Beach, Fla. vs. Tiffany Chudy, Miramar, Fla.
12:06 pm Shannon Ogg, Charlotte, N.C. vs. Aimee Cho, Korea
12:14 pm Angela Park, Torrance, Calif. vs. Nicole Hage, Coral Springs, Fla.
12:22 pm Selanee Henderson, Apple Valley, Calif. vs. Lauren Hunt, Little River, S.C.
12:30 pm Gabby Wedding, Wilmington, Ohio vs. Mackinzie Kline, Encinitas, Calif.
12:38 pm Sung Lee, Tacoma, Wash. vs. Lisa Meshke, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
Failed To Qualify
Amanda Costner, Claremore, Okla., 77-73--150
Amanda Wilson, Hilo, Hawaii, 78-72--150
Ashley Sholer, Canada, 74-76--150
Beth Allen, San Diego, Calif., 78-72--150
Brittany Lincicome, Seminole, Fla., 74-76--150
Christine Hentzner, Las Vegas, Nev., 75-75--150
Hagen Weintraub, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 75-75--150
Megan Stoddart, Sacramento, Calif., 76-74--150
Tarah Mc Naughton, Bradenton, Fla., 74-76--150
Amanda Mathis, Picayune, Miss., 75-76--151
Jenna Cox, Lima, Ohio, 78-73--151
Mary Calderon, Mexico, 80-71--151
Allison Stewart, Vermillion, S.D., 77-75--152
Angela Daykin, Canada, 79-73--152
Annie Schlosser, Las Vegas, Nev., 73-79--152
Casey Cain, Lumberton, Texas, 79-73--152
Julia Best, Bulverde, Texas, 75-77--152
Kelly Schaub, Greeley, Colo., 75-77--152
Leanne Owens, Creston, Iowa, 76-76--152
Whitney Ueno, Hilo, Hawaii, 75-77--152
Kali Quick, Nampa, Idaho, 76-77--153
Kathryn Detlefsen, Eagan, Minn., 74-79--153
Lacey Jones, Idabel, Okla., 78-75--153
Laura Mengelkamp, Dover, Pa., 78-75--153
Miki Ueoka, Lihue, Hawaii, 80-73--153
Allyson Hatcher, Wheeling, W.Va., 77-77--154
Caroline Kim, Canada, 78-76--154
Courtney Sullivan, Gresham, Ore., 78-76--154
Jeannine Mondesando, Mahwah, N.J., 77-77--154
Julia Huh, Pasadena, Md., 78-76--154
Kelly Husted, Stanford, Calif., 81-73--154
Kristen Kennedy, Silver City, N.M., 80-74--154
Kylene Pulley, Kokomo, Ind., 76-78--154
Morgan O'Banion, Carmel, Ind., 76-78--154
Stefanie Coleman, Lakewood, Wash., 77-77--154
Cheryl Jones, Phoenix, Ariz., 79-76--155
Elizabeth Schweihs, Lockport, Ill., 80-75--155
Lesley Stracks, Washington, D.C., 78-77--155
Katie Myos, Faribault, Minn., 75-81--156
Kristin Emmons, Alamosa, Colo., 79-77--156
Lynsey Myers, Ogden, Utah, 81-75--156
Meggie Fagundes, Atwater, Calif., 77-79--156
Sarah Tiller, Nampa, Idaho, 80-76--156
Yvonne Choe, Temple City, Calif., 78-78--156
Emily Hendricks, Pewaukee, Wis., 73-84--157
Jordyn Wells, Bethel Park, Pa., 77-80--157
Maggie Leef, Brookfield, Wis., 73-84--157
Heidi Lowe, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 77-82--159
Ashley Anast, Littleton, Colo., 81-79--160
Crystal Elliers, Chalmette, La., 77-83--160
Daria Cummings, Monroe, Conn., 76-84--160
Stacey Linduska, Woodbury, Minn., 77-83--160
Jessica Smith, Louisville, Ky., 82-79--161
Kelly Boogaard, Grand Rapids, Mich., 80-81--161
Maggie Ward, Rochester, N.Y., 78-83--161
Devon Newell, Helena, Mont., 83-80--163
Jennifer Ackerson, Allen, Texas, 80-83--163
Josey Edwards, Weiser, Idaho, 87-76--163
Nancy Kromar, Austin, Texas, 82-81--163
Heidi Kim, Sandy, Utah, 85-79--164
Kelli Nakano, Pukalani, Hawaii, 83-81--164
Lisa Kraxner, Prairie Village, Kan., 80-84--164
Sandy Young, Owings, Md., 78-86--164
Shannon Warner, Livonia, Mich., 80-84--164
Whitney Wolejko, Hatfield, Mass., 82-82--164
Cynthia Bowser, Stewartstown, Pa., 82-83--165
Hana Young, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 84-81--165
Stephanie Aston, Saugar, Calif., 89-77--166
Britney Hayes, Bozeman, Mont., 86-81--167
Rachel Thomas, Livonia, Mich., 81-87--168
Allison Mayborg, Monroe, Ohio, 85-84--169
Arlene Zamora, Havre De Grace, Md., 83-88--171
Kathryn Walker, Blackshear, Ga., 83-88--171
Rose Pagan, Kula, Hawaii, 85-87--172
Rachel Strauss, Seattle, Wash., 87-87--174
Lydia Kim, Edison, N.J., 85-92--177
Mary Anne Levins, Rutland, Vt., 91-87--178
Lisa Chalmers, Farmington Hills, Mich., 92-87--179
Kristan Bennett, Trenton, Mich., 89-92--181
Nicolina Kulhamer, Bethlehem, Pa., 90-91--181
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Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

Her confidence is high.

“Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

“One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

Full-field scores from the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

“I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

“I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.

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Returning Park grabs 54-hole Founders lead

By Randall MellMarch 18, 2018, 2:09 am

PHOENIX – In the long shadows falling across Wildfire Golf Club late Saturday afternoon, Inbee Park conceded she was tempted to walk away from the game last year.

While healing a bad back, she was tempted to put her clubs away for good and look for a second chapter for her life.

But then . . .

“Looking at the girls playing on TV, you think you want to be out there” Park said. “Really, I couldn't make my mind up when I was taking that break, but as soon as I'm back here, I just feel like this is where I belong.”

In just her second start after seven months away from the LPGA, Park is playing like she never left.

She’s atop a leaderboard at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, looking like that’s exactly where she belongs.

With a 9-under-par 63 Saturday, Park seized the lead going into the final round.

At 14 under overall, she’s one shot ahead of Mariajo Uribe (67), two ahead of Ariya Jutanugarn (68) and three ahead of 54-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies (63) and Chella Choi (66).

Park’s back with a hot putter.

That’s not good news for the rest of the tour. Nobody can demoralize a field with a flat stick like Park. She’s one of the best putters the women’s game has ever seen, and on the front nine Saturday she looked as good as she ever has.

“The front nine was scary,” said her caddie, Brad Beecher, who was on Park’s bag for her long run at world No. 1, her run of three consecutive major championship victories in 2013 and her gold medal victory at the Olympics two years ago.

Full-field scores from the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

“The front nine was great . . . like 2013,” Park said.

Park started her round on fire, going birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie. She was 6 under through five holes. She holed a wedge from 98 yards at the third hole, making the turn having taken just 10 putts. Yeah, she said, she was thinking about shooting 59.

“But I'm still really happy with my round today,” she said.

Park isn’t getting ahead of herself, even with this lead. She said her game isn’t quite where she wants it with the ANA Inspiration, the year’s first major championship, just two weeks away, but a victory Sunday should go a long way toward getting her there.

Park is only 29. LPGA pros haven’t forgotten what it was like when she was dominating, when she won 14 times between 2013 and ’15.

They haven’t forgotten how she can come back from long layoffs with an uncanny ability to pick up right where she left off.

Park won the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in her first start back after missing two months because of a ligament injury in her left thumb. She took eight months off after Rio and came back to win the HSBC Women’s World Championship last year in just her second start. She left the tour again in the summer with an aching back.

“I feel like Inbee could take off a whole year or two years and come back and win every week,” said Brittany Lincicome, who is four shots behind Park. “Her game is just so consistent. She doesn't do anything flashy, but her putting is flashy.

“She literally walks them in. It's incredible, like you know it's going in when she hits it. It's not the most orthodox looking stroke, but she can repeat it.”

Park may not play as full a schedule as she has in the past, Beecher said, but he believes she can thrive with limited starts.

“I think it helps her get that fight back, to get that hunger back,” Beecher said. “She knows she can play 15 events a year and still compete. There aren’t a lot of players who can do that.”

Park enjoyed her time away last year, and how it re-energized her.

“When I was taking the long break, I was just thinking, `I can do this life as well,’” Park said. “But I'm glad I came back out here. Obviously, days like today, that's the reason I'm playing golf.”

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Joh on St. Patrick's ace: Go broke buying green beers

By Randall MellMarch 18, 2018, 12:57 am

PHOENIX – Tiffany Joh was thrilled making a run into contention to win her first LPGA title Saturday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she comically cracked that her hole-in-one might have been ill-timed.

It came on St. Patrick’s Day.

“This is like the worst holiday to be making a hole-in-one on,” Joh said. “You'll go broke buying everyone green beers.”

Joh aced the fifth hole with a 5-iron from 166 yards on her way to an 8-under-par 64. It left her four shots behind the leader, Inbee Park (63).

Full-field scores from the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

One of the more colorful players on tour, Joh said she made the most of her hole-in-one celebration with playing partner Jane Park.

“First I ran and tackled Jane, then I high-fived like every single person walking to the green,” Joh said.

Joh may be the LPGA’s resident comedian, but she faced a serious challenge on tour last year.  Fourteen months ago, she had surgery to remove a malignant melanoma. She won the LPGA’s Heather Farr Perseverance Award for the way she handled her comeback.

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Davies, 54, still thinks she can win, dreams of HOF

By Randall MellMarch 18, 2018, 12:22 am

PHOENIX – Laura Davies limped around Wildfire Golf Club Saturday with an ache radiating from her left Achilles up into her calf muscle at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

“Every step is just misery,” Davies said after. “It’s just getting older. Don’t get old.”

She’s 54, but she played the third round as if she were 32 again.

That’s how old she was when she was the LPGA’s Rolex Player of the Year and won two major championships.

With every sweet swing Saturday, Davies peeled back the years, turning back the clock.

Rolling in a 6-foot birdie at the 17th, Davies moved into a tie for the lead with Inbee Park, a lead that wouldn’t last long with so many players still on the course when she finished. Still, with a 9-under-par 63, Davies moved into contention to try to become the oldest winner in LPGA history.

Davies has won 20 LPGA titles, 45 Ladies European Tour titles, but she hasn’t won an LPGA event in 17 years, since taking the Wegmans Rochester International.

Can she can surpass the mark Beth Daniel set winning at 46?

“I still think I can win,” Davies said. “This just backs that up for me. Other people, I don’t know, they’re always asking me now when I’m going to retire. I always say I’m still playing good golf, and now here’s the proof of it.”

Davies knows it will take a special day with the kind of final-round pressure building that she hasn’t experienced in awhile.

Full-field scores from the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

“The pressure will be a lot more tomorrow,” she said. “We'll see, won’t sleep that well tonight. The good news is that I’ll probably be four or five behind by the end of the day, so the pressure won’t be there as much.”

Davies acknowledged confidence is harder to garner, as disappointments and missed cuts pile up, but she’s holding on to her belief she can still win.

“I said to my caddie, `Jeez, I haven't been on top of the leaderboard for a long time,’” Davies said. “That's nice, obviously, but you’ve got to stay there. That's the biggest challenge.”

About that aching left leg, Davies was asked if it could prevent her from challenging on Sunday.

“I’ll crawl around if I have to,” she said.

Saturday’s 63 was Davies’ lowest round in an LPGA event since she shot 63 at the Wendy’s Championship a dozen years ago.

While Davies is a World Golf Hall of Famer, she has been sitting just outside the qualification standard needed to get into the LPGA Hall of Fame for a long time. She needs 27 points, but she has been stuck on 25 since her last victory in ’01. A regular tour title is worth one point, a major championship is worth two points.

Davies said she still dreams about qualifying.

“You never know,” she said.