Harigae Jun Share Publinx Medalist Honors
Jun, the first-round leader, could not quite match Tuesdays 6-under 66 effort in posting a 1-under 71 Wednesday morning on the 6,263-yard, par-72 layout.
Fifteen players came back out Thursday morning to complete their second rounds after darkness halted play for the day on Wednesday at 8:24 p.m. Weather delays totaling 2 hours and 8 minutes caused two suspensions in the afternoon.
A 3-for-1 playoff was held Thursday, with Chelsey Collins, 18, of Louisville, Colo., posting a birdie at the first hole to edge Ryann O'Toole and Megan McChrystal. Collins faces Harigae at 11:30 a.m. Collins knocked a gap wedge from 107 yards to 18 inches for the tap-in 3.
The first match will start at 9:30 a.m. The low 64 scorers qualified for match play, which continues through Sundays 36-hole championship match.
This was the second consecutive year players shared medalist honors. Mari Chun and Angela Park tied at 136 last year at Swope Memorial in Kansas City, Mo.
One stroke behind Harigae and June was Tiffany Joh, 19, of San Diego, who shot a 4-under 68 (138). The 68 tied for the best round of the day with 16-year-old Stephanie Kono of Honolulu, Hawaii, one of five players in the field to have qualified for next weeks U.S. Womens Open at Newport (R.I.) Country Club. Kono finished at 3-under 141, along with 19-year-old Allison Goodman of San Diego, who shot a 73 after a 68 on Tuesday.
Jenna Pearson, 20, of Wheaton, Ill., a quarterfinalist at the 2004 WAPL, shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 5-under 139.
Korean-born Glory Joo Young Yang, 18, of Murrieta, Calif., stands at 142 with Angela Oh, 17, of Maple Shade, N.J. Yang and Oh posted 70 and 72, respectively. Kelly Schaub, 26, of Greeley, Colo., one of eight players from the state in the field, used an eagle-3 at the fifth hole to shoot a 70 and is tied at 143 with Selanee Henderson of Apple Valley, Calif. (70-73).
Harigae, who had the only sub-par round among the afternoon players that finished, had a golden chance to overtake Jun but three-putted 17 for a bogey and then missed a 5-foot birdie putt at 18.
The whole time I was just trying to think, You have made all these putts before, its like putting with your eyes closed, said Harigae, an alternate for the 2006 USA Curtis Cup team and a semifinalist at the 2003 U.S. Girls Junior. Thats what I do as a drill. It just didnt happen. But thats OK.
At one point in her round, Harigae made five consecutive birdies from the par-3 12th, including a chip-in at the par-4 16th.
I was pretty happy with todays round, said Harigae, who did not make a bogey in shooting 67 on Tuesday.
Jun, meanwhile, missed five months of golf this past season after fracturing the C-2 vertebra in her neck Dec. 10 in an automobile accident. It forced her to sit out much of the spring season at UCLA, but she returned for regionals and the NCAA Division I Womens Championship in Columbus, Ohio. She was just happy to get done before the delays.
It was about average today, said Jun. I hit both par-5s on the front [nine] and three-putted them both.
A veteran of USGA competitions, Jun knows stroke-play scores wont matter once match play commences on Thursday. Four years ago, she didnt finish high in qualifying, but advanced all the way to the semifinals of the U.S. Girls Junior at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield, N.J., losing to eventual champion In-Bee Park in 21 holes.
You take it day by day. Stroke play is over now, said Jun, who needed five months to recover from the accident. The driver of the car, UCLA punter Justin Medlock, has pleaded not guilty to a felony driving under the influence charge. The accident occurred on a freeway off-ramp in Los Angeles.
Its just hole by hole, continued Jun on the mindset for match play, and its easier to forget if you make a triple [bogey] because you are only down one [hole] instead of five [strokes]. So its not too bad.
Joh took advantage of calmer morning conditions to register an eagle, four birdies against two bogeys. Her 3 on the par-5 fifth came after her 19-degree rescue club approach stopped 20 feet from the flagstick on the fringe. She was coming off a birdie at the par-5 fourth and then proceeded to birdie the par-3 sixth, holing a 50-footer.
I made a putt across Colorado, said Joh, who will be a sophomore this fall at UCLA. You really cant expect to make a ton of putts on this course. The greens are so undulated and there are so many tiers and slopes that you pretty much have to hit [the putt] and pray to Jesus, Allah or Buddha.
Joh would like to improve upon her round-of-32 finish at last years U.S. Womens Amateur when she lost to 2006 USA Curtis Cupper Jenny Suh. She has never advanced to the third round in any of her USGA appearances.
Its just nice to string two solid rounds together again, said Joh, who struggled at the NCAA Division I Womens Championship and failed in her attempt to qualify for the U.S. Womens Open. Ill take the 68 and run. As long as I am not playing Hannah [in the first round], Ill be a happy camper.
Pearson also will be seeded high after posting her second consecutive sub-par round. She had a solid, but unspectacular junior season at the University of South Carolina, posting two top-10 finishes, but she and her team failed to qualify for the NCAAs. She had six birdies and three bogeys in her round, including a 40-footer at the par-3 12th that started a stretch of three consecutive birdies.
I played yesterday in the afternoon, so it was a lot less windy out there this morning, said Pearson, who is competing in her seventh USGA championship. It was playing a little bit easier.
Kono posted a 3-under 33 on the back nine ' she started on 10 ' and then birdied the first hole before coasting home with eight consecutive pars. She finished at 3-under 141, safely inside the cut for match play. The 68 was four strokes off her personal best of 64, shot in the first round of the Hawaii state high school tournament this past season.
Yesterday I drove the ball really well and it didnt seem like I missed any fairways, but I didnt shoot that well (73), said Kono, a high school classmate at Punahou with Michelle Wie. It was kind of disappointing because where I was in the fairway I should have had a better score.
The WAPL is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Pueblo, Colo. ' Results from the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2006 U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links Championship at the 6,263-yard, par-72 Walking Stick Golf Course (x-qualified for match play in a playoff; y-in playoff for final match-play spot):
Hannah Jun, San Diego, Calif., 66-71--137
Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif., 67-70--137
Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif., 70-68--138
Jenna Pearson, Wheaton, Ill., 70-69--139
Allison Goodman, San Diego, Calif., 68-73--141
Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii, 73-68--141
Angela Oh, Maple Shade, N.J., 70-72--142
Glory Joo Young Yang, Murrieta, Calif., 72-70--142
Kelly Schaub, Greeley, Colo., 73-70--143
Selanee Henderson, Apple Valley, Calif., 70-73--143
Ashley Sholer, Canada, 73-71--144
Maria Jose Uribe, Colombia, 69-75--144
Ya-Ni Tseng, Chinese Taipei, 70-75--145
Nicole Smith, Riverside, Calif., 74-71--145
Jessica Steward, Wake Forest, N.C., 74-72--146
Tonya Choate, Mount Vernon, Mo., 71-75--146
Allison Stewart, Vermillion, S.D., 71-76--147
Courtney Mahon, Kansas City, Mo., 74-73--147
Juli Wightman, Chicopee, Mass., 69-78--147
Kayla Mortellaro, Phoenix, Ariz., 74-73--147
Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif., 74-74--148
Megan Dowdy, Leander, Texas, 74-74--148
Melanie DeLeon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 70-78--148
Alexandra Phelps, Albuquerque, N.M., 74-75--149
Karla Murra, Sioux Falls, S.D., 73-76--149
Sara Hester, Fort Mill, S.C., 74-75--149
Kimberly Kim, Hilo, Hawaii, 73-76--149
Veronique Drouin, Athens, Ga., 72-77--149
Amanda Costner, Claremore, Okla., 75-75--150
Christi Athas, Eldora, Iowa, 78-72--150
Grace Na, Oakland, Calif., 72-78--150
Mari Chun, Pearl City, Hawaii, 75-75--150
Sara Brown, Tucson, Ariz., 74-76--150
Veronica Valerio, Temecula, Calif., 74-76--150
Tamasin Clelland, New Zealand, 74-76--150
Diane Kwon, Fremont, Calif., 75-76--151
Erica Moston, Belmont, Calif., 74-77--151
Kelley Louth, Victoria, Texas, 73-78--151
Tiffany Chudy, Miramar, Fla., 75-76--151
Anya Sarai Alvarez, Tulsa, Okla., 72-79--151
Laura Cross, Midlothian, Texas, 74-77--151
Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Thailand, 75-76--151
Katherine Hoey, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 79-73--152
Lauren Hunt, Little River, S.C., 71-81--152
Morgan Grantham, Kingman, Ariz., 73-79--152
Nara Shin, Chula Vista, Calif., 76-76--152
Youn Hee Bae, Centreville, Va., 74-78--152
Amanda Wilson, Hilo, Hawaii, 75-77--152
Allison Travis, Eagle, Idaho, 74-79--153
Annie Giangrosso, Overland Park, Kan., 77-76--153
Ashley Anast, Portland, Ore., 79-74--153
Carrie Morris, Tyler, Texas, 78-75--153
Jenny Shin, Torrance, Calif., 76-77--153
Kyu Ri Ban, Korea, 74-79--153
Lala Anai, Belmont, Mass., 76-77--153
Stacey Tate, New Zealand, 76-77--153 Aimee Neff, Carmel, Ind., 78-76--154
Ann Maness, Galivants Ferry, S.C., 77-77--154
Hillary Zeigler, Beaumont, Texas, 75-79--154
Kelly Jacques, Longmont, Colo., 80-74--154
Kristen Schelling, Mesa, Ariz., 76-78--154
Laura Luethke, Fresno, Calif., 75-79--154
Stephanie Ruiz, Edmond, Okla., 78-76--154
x-Chelsey Collins, Louisville, Colo., 77-78--155 (3)
Failed To Qualify
y-Megan McChrystal, Stuart, Fla., 76-79--155 (4)
y-Ryann O'Toole, San Clemente, Calif., 76-79--155 (4)
Ashley Tait, Littleton, Colo., 79-77--156
Ashley Young, Upper St Clair, Pa., 79-77--156
Jackie Smith, Magnolia, Texas, 75-81--156
Kailin Downs, Bend, Ore., 76-80--156
Kylie Fuller, Temecula, Calif., 81-75--156
Lorraine Ballerano, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 77-79--156
Misha Harvey, Forest, Va., 79-77--156
Alexandra Quagliata, Reston, Va., 76-81--157
Ashley Barton, Tampa, Fla., 83-74--157
Carly Werwie, Kenosha, Wis., 73-84--157
Christine Kim, Hilo, Hawaii, 73-84--157
Mari Miezwa, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 77-80--157
Maria Castellanos, Stuart, Fla., 76-81--157
Megan Godfrey, Homewood, Ill., 77-80--157
Morgan Chambers, Purcell, Okla., 78-79--157
Natalie Stone, Bountiful, Utah, 74-83--157
Kelly Nakashima, Wailuku, Hawaii, 79-78--157
Camille Williams, Ormond Beach, Fla., 77-81--158
Deirdre Hatfield, Lexington, Mass., 82-76--158
Jennifer Head, Midland, Ga., 74-84--158
Shannon Yocum, Palos Verdes Est, Calif., 74-84--158
Stephanie Simich, Canada, 75-83--158
Susan Choi, Natick, Mass., 80-78--158
Remijin Camping, Hollywood, Fla., 70-88--158
Amanda Miller, Wahpeton, N.D., 82-77--159
Bianca Melone, Orlando, Fla., 76-83--159
Brittany Weddell, Buzzards Bay, Mass., 81-78--159
Cyd Okino, Honolulu, Hawaii, 78-81--159
Erin Thorne, Canada, 75-84--159
Jaclyn Hilea, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 77-82--159
Lori Planos, Kapalua, Hawaii, 82-77--159
Mary Carmody, Cortland, N.Y., 79-80--159
Seul Ki Park, Wilmette, Ill., 75-84--159
Tamara Campbell, Lawton, Okla., 78-81--159
Kendra Hanson, Forest City, Iowa, 76-83--159
Christina Schams, Chandler, Ariz., 76-84--160
Jessica McKay, Grand Junction, Colo., 78-82--160
Allison Mayborg, Cincinnati, Ohio, 77-84--161
Carly Hunt, Easton, Pa., 80-81--161
Jackie Barenborg, Vero Beach, Fla., 80-81--161
Jennifer Adyorough, Atlanta, Ga., 74-87--161
Krissy Martin, Louisville, Ky., 78-83--161
Nicole Olson, Meridian, Idaho, 79-82--161
Stacey Arnold, Westminster, Colo., 80-81--161
Taryn Rechlicz, Madison, Wis., 82-79--161
Eva Yoe, Ppls Rep. of China, 83-79--162
Ki-Shui Liao, Hong Kong, 78-84--162
Kristen Obush, Indiana, Pa., 82-80--162
Lisa Kraxner, Kansas City, Mo., 83-79--162
Sarah Harvey, Forest, Va., 80-82--162
Tamara Robbins, Las Cruces, N.M., 83-79--162
Jessica Thomas, Ogden, Utah, 87-76--163
Mandy Parsons, Spokane, Wash., 78-85--163
Mikala Henzlik, Rapid City, S.D., 85-78--163
Wallace Hamerton, Bluffton, S.C., 81-82--163
Dawn Shockley, Estes Park, Colo., 77-86--163
Jaclyn Perlman, Clayton, N.C., 77-87--164
Lauren Archer, Boise, Idaho, 82-82--164
Ashley Kelley, Edmond, Okla., 81-84--165
Carling Cho, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 81-84--165
Jillian Stupiansky, Lakewood, Ohio, 78-87--165
Andrea Ely, Oley, Pa., 78-88--166
Ashley Edwards, Oakley, Calif., 84-82--166
Kathryn Murphy, La Selva Beach, Calif., 80-86--166
Mandi Morrow, Kent, Ohio, 85-81--166
Rheba Mabie, Boulder Junction, Wis., 80-86--166
Lois Kim, Bayside, N.Y., 82-85--167
Maricel Manguinao, Philippines, 83-84--167
Gennifer Mendez, North Port, Fla., 83-84--167
Katie Kempter, Albuquerque, N.M., 83-85--168
Ali Beuckman, Jupiter, Fla., 80-89--169
Tiffany Hockensmith, Bloomington, Ind., 84-88--172
Shannon Jungman, Pflugerville, Texas, 85-88--173
Aubree Nickle, Delta, Utah, 86-88--174
Catherine Allen, Bellingham, Wash., 88-88--176
Mindy Stefanski, Palmer, Alaska, 87-89--176
Sarah Bowman, Parkman, Wyo., 86-91--177
Jamie L Berge, Anchorage, Alaska, 92-91'183
Cook leads RSM Classic by three at Sea Island
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to increase his lead to three strokes in the RSM Classic.
Cook, a shot ahead after a second-round 62, had five birdies and a bogey - his first of the week - to reach 18-under 194 with a round left at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course.
''Putting is key right now,'' Cook said. ''Been able to make a lot of clutch putts for the pars to save no bogeys. Hitting the ball pretty much where we're looking and giving ourselves good opportunities on every hole.''
Former University of Georgia player Chris Kirk was second after a 64.
''I'm really comfortable here,'' Kirk said. ''I love Sea Island. I lived here for 6 1/2 years, so I played the golf course a lot, SEC Championships and come down here for the RSM Classic. My family and I, we come down here a few other times a year as well.''
Brian Gay was another stroke back at 14 under after a 69.
''I love the course,'' Gay said. ''We keep getting different wind directions so it's keeping us on our toes. Supposed to be another completely different wind direction tomorrow, so we're getting a new course every day.''
J.J. Spaun had a 62 to get to 13 under.
''I just kind of played stress-free golf out there and kept the golf ball in front of me,'' Spaun said. ''I had a lot of looks and scrambled pretty well, even though it was only a handful of times, but pretty overall pleased with how I played today.''
Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour.
''I think with an extra year on the Web this past year, I really grew mentally and with my game, just kind of more confidence,'' Cook said. ''I was able to put myself in contention on the Web.com more this year than I have in the past. I think I've just, you know, learned from experiences on the Web to help me grow out here.''
He planned to keep it simple Saturday night.
''I've got my parents here and my in-laws are both here as well as my wife,'' Cook said. ''Go home and just have a good home-cooked meal and just kind of enjoy the time and embrace the moment.''
Kirk won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2015 at Colonial.
''It's nice to be back in contention again,'' Kirk said. ''It's been a little while for me. But I felt great out there today, I felt really comfortable, and so hopefully it will be the same way tomorrow and I'll keep my foot on the pedal and stay aggressive, try to make some birdies.''
Park's stumble creates wide-open finale
NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park didn’t turn the CME Group Tour Championship into a runaway Saturday at Tiburon Golf Club.
She left with bloody fingernails after a brutal day failing to hold on to her spot atop the leaderboard.
OK, they weren’t really bloody, but even the unflappable Park wasn’t immune to mounting pressure, with the Rolex world No. 1 ranking, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot and the money-winning title among the prizes she knew were within reach when she teed it up.
“It’s honestly some of the worst pressure,” Stacy Lewis said of CME week. “It’s so much pressure. It’s just really hard to free yourself up and play golf.”
Lewis isn’t in the mix for all those prizes this year, but the two-time Rolex Player of the Year and two-time Vare Trophy winner knows what the full weight of this week’s possibilities bring.
“It’s almost nice to come here without all that pressure, but you want to be in that situation,” Lewis said. “It’s just really tough.”
Park is no longer in charge at Tiburon.
This championship is wide, wide open with a four-way tie for first place and 18 players within two shots of the lead.
Park is one shot back after stumbling to a 3-over-par 75.
Count Michelle Wie among the four tied for the lead after charging with a 66.
Former world No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn (67), Suzann Pettersen (69) and Kim Kaufman (64) are also atop the leaderboard.
Kaufman was the story of the day, getting herself in contention with a sizzling round just two weeks after being diagnosed with mononucleosis.
Park is in a seven-way tie for fifth place just one shot back.
Lexi Thompson (69) is in that mix a shot back, as is Lewis (67), who is seeking to add a second title this year to her emotional win for Houston hurricane relief.
For Wie, winning the tournament will be reward enough, given how her strong rebound this year seemed derailed in September by an emergency appendectomy. She was out for six weeks.
Before the surgery, Wie fought her way back from two of the most disappointing years of her career, with six finishes of T-4 or better this season. She returned to the tour on the Asian swing in October.
“I gained a lot of confidence this year,” Wie said. “I had a really tough year last year, the last couple years. Just really feeling like my old self. Really feeling comfortable out there and having fun. That’s when I play my best.”
All the subplots make Sunday so much more complicated for Park and Thompson, who are best positioned for a giant haul of hardware.
They have the most to gain in the final round.
Park has already clinched the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, but she can add the Rolex Player of the Year title, joining Nancy Lopez as the only players in LPGA history to win both those awards in the same season. Lopez did it in 1978.
A fifth place finish or better could give Park the Player of the Year Award outright, depending what others do.
“There are a lot of top players right now at the top of the leaderboard,” Park said. “Keeping my focus will be key.”
Thompson can still take home the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy and the CME Globe jackpot. She needs to win the tournament Sunday to win Player of the Year.
Like Park, Thompson is trying not to think about it all of that.
“I treat every tournament the same,” Thompson said. “I go into it wanting to win. I’m not really thinking about anything else.”
The Vare Trophy for low scoring average is Thompson’s to lose.
Park has to finish nine shots ahead of Thompson on Sunday to have a shot at the trophy, and they are tied at 9-under overall.
The money-winning title is Park’s to lose. So Yeon Ryu has to win the tournament Sunday to have a chance to wrestle the title from Park, but Ryu has to pass 31 players to do so.
The CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot remains more up for grabs, with Thompson and Park best positioned to win it, though Jutanugarn is poised to pounce if both stumble. A lot is still possible in the race for the jackpot.
The pressure will be turned way up on the first tee Sunday.
“There is always that little bit of adrenaline,” Thompson said. “You just have to tame it and control it.”
Simpson WDs from RSM, tweets his father is ill
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Following rounds of 67-68, Webb Simpson was in 12th place entering the weekend at the RSM Classic before he withdrew prior to Saturday’s third round.
On Saturday afternoon, Simpson tweeted that he withdrew due to an illness in his family.
“Thanks to [Davis Love III] for being such a great tournament host. I [withdrew] due to my dad being sick and living his last days,” Simpson posted on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.
Simpson’s father, Sam, caddied for his son during amateur events, and Webb Simpson started playing golf after following his father to the course on family vacations to North Carolina.
“My dad is probably the kindest man I know. He’s always been the guy who knew everyone, everyone knew him, everyone wanted to be around him,” Simpson said in a 2015 interview with David Feherty. “He taught me the game. He’s always been one of those dads who loved to be active with their kids.”
Before play began on Thursday, Luke Donald withdrew after being hospitalized with chest pain. Tests indicated the Englishman’s heart was fine and he returned home to undergo more tests.
New old putter helps Kirk (64) jump into contention
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Chris Kirk’s ball-striking has been nearly flawless this fall. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for his putting.
In four events this season, Kirk ranks 143rd in strokes gained: putting, but his fortunes have changed this week, thanks at least in part to a return to something familiar.
Kirk switched to an older style of putter similar to the one he used on the Web.com Tour in 2010 to earn his PGA Tour card.
“It's nice to be back in contention again,” said Kirk, who is alone in second place, three strokes behind front-runner Austin Cook. “It's been a little while for me. But I felt great out there today, I felt really comfortable, and so hopefully it will be the same way tomorrow.”
Kirk is 25th in strokes gained: putting this week and has converted several crucial putts, including a 30-footer for birdie at the 17th hole on his way to a third-round 64.
His putting is similar to 2013 when he won the RSM Classic, and his improved play on the greens has given the 32-year-old confidence going into Sunday’s final round.
“I'll probably be relatively comfortable in that situation, and thankfully I've been there before,” Kirk said. “It's still not easy by any means, but hopefully I'll be able to group together a bunch of good shots and see what it gives me.”