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By Sports NetworkDecember 3, 2006, 5:00 pm
Ladies Professional Golf AssociationDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Hye Jung Choi and 18-year-old amateur In-Kyung Kim shared medalist honors on Sunday after the final round of the LPGA Tour Final Qualifying Tournament.
 
Choi shot a 5-under 67, while Kim, who led after Saturday's fourth round, only managed a 1-over 73. The pair finished five rounds knotted at 13-under-par 347.
 
'I didn't sleep last night,' acknowledged Choi, who recorded five birdies on her back nine Sunday. 'I just wanted to keep practicing and keep going. I did a lot of studying and learned how to best play.'
 
Choi played on the Duramed Futures Tour in 2006, but now she moves to the LPGA Tour.
 
Kim bogeyed her first hole and never really recovered. She bogeyed the seventh, then rebounded with a birdie at nine. The same thing occurred on her second nine as Kim traded a bogey and a birdie.
 
'I am happy now, I wasn't before,' admitted Kim, who turned professional after the tournament. 'I played with everything today. I had good shots. I had a few mistakes, but otherwise, I played great.'
 
The 90-hole marathon was contested over the Champions and Legends Courses at LPGA International for the first four rounds, until the action shifted to the Legends Course.
 
The top-15 finishers earned their LPGA Tour cards for next season, while 40 others received conditional status.
 
Maru Martinez shot a 4-under 68 and finished alone in third place at minus-10. Kimberly Hall posted a three-under 69 and took fourth at 7-under-par 353.
 
Clarissa Childs (71) and 18-year-old Angela Park (73) shared fifth at minus-5. Carri Wood and Katherine Hull both carded two-over 74s on Sunday and tied for seventh at 4-under-par 356.
 
Amateur Ji-Young Oh came in ninth at minus-3 after a final-round, 1-under 71.
 
Sarah Lynn Johnston (70) and Irene Cho (73) shared 10th at minus-2.
 
Aram Cho (70), Erica Blasberg (71), Ashley Hoagland (74) and Paige MacKenzie (77) rounded out the final players to gain full status as the group tied for 12th at 1-under-par 359.
 
Final Results and Earnings:
1 Hye Jung Choi 67-70-75-68-67 347 -13 $6,000
*In-Kyung Kim 67-73-68-66-73 347 -13 $0
3 Maru Martinez 70-69-73-70-68 350 -10 $5,000
4 Kimberly Hall 70-69-73-72-69 353 -7 $4,750
5 Clarissa Childs 70-68-73-73-71 355 -5 $4,375
Angela Park 70-67-71-74-73 355 -5 $4,375
7 Carri Wood 72-70-73-67-74 356 -4 $4,050
Katherine Hull 71-70-72-69-74 356 -4 $4,050
9 *Ji-Young Oh 73-70-75-68-71 357 -3 $0
10 Sarah Lynn Johnston 72-73-72-71-70 358 -2 $3,250
Irene Cho 68-72-72-73-73 358 -2 $3,250
12 Aram Cho 71-71-73-74-70 359 -1 $1,975
Erica Blasberg 68-75-71-72-73 359 -1 $1,975
Ashley Hoagland 70-69-71-75-74 359 -1 $1,975
Paige Mackenzie 68-74-68-72-77 359 -1 $1,975
Non-exempt status (Conditional)
* Teresa Lu 69-76-78-69-68 360 E $1,500
1 Jeanne Cho 71-72-72-74-71 360 E $1,500
2 Sophie Giquel 73-74-75-70-69 361 +1
3 Danielle Downey 72-68-77-74-70 361 +1
4 Na On Min 71-71-77-71-71 361 +1
5 Jane Park 71-73-75-70-72 361 +1
6 Jin Young Pak 72-69-76-71-73 361 +1
7 Linda Wessberg 72-72-71-71-75 361 +1
8 Lisa Fernandes 72-71-81-69-69 362 +2
9 Sarah Huarte 73-76-75-68-70 362 +2
10 Cecilia Ekelundh 72-75-69-74-72 362 +2
11 Angela Jerman 70-73-76-70-73 362 +2
12 Meredith Ward 72-77-72-72-70 363 +3
13 Mollie Fankhauser 72-76-73-71-71 363 +3
14 Natalie Tucker 72-68-77-74-72 363 +3
15 Simi Mehra 73-72-70-75-73 363 +3
* Maggie Will 72-74-74-69-74 363 +3
16 Lee-Anne Pace 70-76-71-72-74 363 +3
17 Eun-Hee Ji 72-72-74-76-70 364 +4
18 Hyun-Hee Moon 70-77-75-70-72 364 +4
19 Cindy Pasechnik 76-70-75-70-73 364 +4
++ Susie Redman
* Jenna Daniels 71-74-74-72-73 364 +4
21 Kelly Cap 73-73-72-73-73 364 +4
22 Jennifer Gleason 71-72-72-76-73 364 +4
23 Beth Allen 73-71-74-72-74 364 +4
24 Diane Irvin 71-71-75-73-74 364 +4
* Meredith Duncan 70-74-72-72-76 364 +4
25 Louise Stahle 71-78-75-69-72 365 +5
26 Nicole Jeray 72-73-73-76-72 366 +6
27 Kristina Tucker 73-76-71-73-73 366 +6
28 Kristen Samp 73-71-74-75-73 366 +6
29 Yeon Joo Lee 72-74-72-74-74 366 +6
30 Kim Brozer 74-72-73-72-75 366 +6
31 Lisa Ferrero 69-77-71-74-75 366 +6
32 Cathy Johnston-Forbes 73-71-71-72-79 366 +6
33 LeAnna Wicks 74-75-75-69-74 367 +7
34 Celeste Troche 72-74-73-74-74 367 +7
35 Sophia Sheridan 73-71-74-76-74 368 +8
36 Becky Lucidi 77-77-67-72-75 368 +8
37 Ashley Prange 69-76-73-75-75 368 +8
38 Hae-Jung Kim 72-75-75-70-76 368 +8
39 Su A Kim 73-73-72-74-76 368 +8
40 Hana Kim 74-73-72-72-77 368 +8
41 Seo-Jae Lee 73-75-69-74-77 368 +8
Cutoff for non-exempt status
Carolina Llano 75-74-72-74-74 369 +9
Joanne Mills 74-73-74-74-74 369 +9
Jimin Jeong 76-73-73-72-75 369 +9
*Adrienne Millican 70-72-72-77-78 369 +9
Ha-Na Chae 76-74-74-71-75 370 +10
Stephanie Louden 73-76-74-72-75 370 +10
Tina Miller 73-74-71-77-75 370 +10
Charlotta Sorenstam 76-70-74-73-77 370 +10
Naree Song 74-78-72-70-77 371 +11
Isabelle Beisiegel 75-74-75-70-77 371 +11
Ashli Bunch 75-74-71-74-77 371 +11
Brooke Tull 76-73-73-71-78 371 +11
Allison Fouch 72-73-73-74-79 371 +11
Rebecca Coakley 71-76-72-76-77 372 +12
Annie Young 74-70-77-73-78 372 +12
Courtney Erdman 75-75-71-73-81 375 +15
 
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