Park Choi Tied Prange Tumbles

By Sports NetworkNovember 30, 2006, 5:00 pm
Ladies Professional Golf AssociationDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Hye Jung Choi, an LPGA Tour rookie last season, and 18-year-old former amateur star Angela Park are tied atop the leaderboard after Thursday's second round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
Choi, who shared the lead after Wednesday's first round, shot a 2-under 70, while Park fired the low round of the day, a 5-under-par 67. The pair is knotted at 7-under-par 137.
The 90-hole marathon is spread over two courses at LPGA International - the Champions Course and the Legends Course. All golfers will play each twice before the top-70 survive the 72-hole cut on Sunday.
After Sunday's final round, the top-15 get full status next year on the LPGA Tour. The next-35 players get conditional status for the 2007 season on the LPGA Tour.
Choi teed it up at the Champions Course and kicked in a pair of short birdie putts at the fourth and fifth holes. She bogeyed No. 7, but came back to birdie the ninth to make the turn at 2 under par.
Choi dropped another shot at the par-5 13th hole, but closed out her second nine in style. She rolled home a 15-foot birdie putt at the last to join Park in the lead.
'I didn't hit (the ball) very good today,' said Choi, who had non-exempt status this year on the LPGA Tour. 'I had a chance, but I didn't make it. I wanted to go to 10-under, but I was a little nervous. I will be practicing more putting and keep focused and enjoy the day tomorrow.'
Park played the Legends Course on Thursday and recorded a pair of birdies on her front nine. Those birdies came at the fourth and ninth and she added another at the par-3 12th.
On the rest of her back nine, Park played brilliantly. She did commit one mistake with a bogey at the 14th, but three birdies in her last four holes got her to the top of the leaderboard.
'I just played steady out there,' said Park, who was the medalist at the 2005 U.S. Women's Public Links and semifinalist at the U.S. Amateur the same year. 'I putted fine; I hit the ball pretty well. I think the key out there today was my ball striking. I was pretty calm out there. I wasn't really thinking about what I was going to shoot. We all know there's three more days and anything could happen. I'm not really looking ahead, just trying to stay calm and, if you make a birdie, there's another hole to birdie.'
Clarissa Childs shot a 68 on Thursday and is alone in third place at minus-6.
Kim Hall (69), Ashley Hoagland (69), Kelly Lagedrost (68) and Maru Martinez (69) are knotted in fourth place at 5-under-par 139.
First-round co-leader amateur In Kyung Kim only managed a 1-over 73 and is tied for eighth place with Natalie Tucker (68), Irene Cho (72) and Danielle Downey (68). The quartet finished 36 holes at 4-under-par 140.
Former Big Break winner Ashley Prange shot 4-over 76 and fell eight shots off the pace.
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Second Round

Angela Park 70-67--137
Hye Jung Choi 67-70--137
Clarissa Childs 70-68--138
Ashley Hoagland 70-69--139
Kimberly Hall 70-69--139
Kelly Lagedrost 71-68--139
Maru Martinez 70-69--139
Natalie Tucker 72-68--140
Danielle Downey 72-68--140
a-In-Kyung Kim 67-73--140
Irene Cho 68-72--140
Jin Young Pak 72-69--141
Katherine Hull 71-70--141
Aram Cho 71-71--142
a-Adrienne Millican 70-72--142
Carrie Wood 72-70--142
Na On Min 71-71--142
Diane Irivin 71-71--142
Paige MacKenzie 68-74--142
a-Ji-Young Oh 73-70--143
Lisa Fernandes 72-71--143
Jeanne Cho 71-72--143
Nancy Harvey 73-70--143
Jennifer Gleason 71-72--143
Sasha Medina 72-71--143
Angela Jerman 70-73--143
Erica Blasberg 68-75--143
Sophia Sheridan 73-71--144
Beth Allen 73-71--144
Linda Wessberg 72-72--144
Nicole Keller 73-71--144
Kristen Samp 73-71--144
Eun-Hee Ji 72-72--144
Cathy Johnston-Forbes 73-71--144
Annie Young 74-70--144
Violeta Retamoza 72-72--144
Meredith Duncan 70-74--144
Jane Park 71-73--144
Marilyn Lovander 75-70--145
Nicole Jeray 72-73--145
Teresa Lu 69-76--145
Jenna Daniels 71-74--145
Simi Mehra 73-72--145
Sarah Lynn Johnston 72-73--145
Allison Fouch 72-73--145
Ashley Prange 69-76--145
Charlotta Sorenstam 76-70--146
Liz Janangelo 74-72--146
Celeste Troche 72-74--146
Cindy Pasechnik 76-70--146
Maggie Will 72-74--146
Yeon Joo Lee 72-74--146
Su A Kim 73-73--146
Kim Brozer 74-72--146
Lee-Anne Pace 70-76--146
Kelly Cap 73-73--146
Lisa Ferrero 69-77--146
Sarah Martin 73-74--147
Hae-Jung Kim 72-75--147
Hana Kim 74-73--147
Salimah Mussani 73-74--147
Samantha Head 74-73--147
Cecilia Ekelundh 72-75--147
Sophie Giquel 73-74--147
Hyun-Hee Moon 70-77--147
Hwanhee Lee 72-75--147
Rebecca Coakley 71-76--147
Joanne Mills 74-73--147
Tina Miller 73-74--147
Audra Burks 74-74--148
Angie Hill 77-71--148
Seo-Jae Lee 73-75--148
Kim Welch 71-77--148
Paula Marti 75-73--148
Mollie Fankhauser 72-76--148
Kathryn Imrie 74-74--148
Na Ri Lee 69-79--148
Kelly Cavanaugh 74-75--149
Jimin Jeong 76-73--149
Annette DeLuca 76-73--149
Carolina Llano 75-74--149
Isabelle Beisiegel 75-74--149
Ashli Bunch 75-74--149
Jana Peterkova 73-76--149
Kristina Tucker 73-76--149
Stephanie Louden 73-76--149
Brooke Tull 76-73--149
Louise Stahle 71-78--149
Sarah Huarte 73-76--149
Katie Bakken 75-74--149
LeAnna Wicks 74-75--149
Meredith Ward 72-77--149
Ha-Na Chae 76-74--150
Jessica Reese-Quayle 77-73--150
Shayna Miyajima 76-74--150
Courtney Erdman 75-75--150
Diana Ramage 73-77--150
Kitty Hwang 75-75--150
Lisa Meldrum 74-76--150
Minny Yeo 74-76--150
Gwladys Nocera 80-71--151
Emily Bastel 77-74--151
Jackie Beers 79-72--151
Jean Bartholomew 74-77--151
Beth Bauer 74-77--151
Jo Clingan 74-77--151
Adrienne Gautreaux 74-77--151
Anna Rawson 70-81--151
Linda Ishii 72-79--151
Marianne Morris 75-76--151
Minea Blomqvist 69-82--151
Kris Lindstrom 75-76--151
Bernadette Luse 71-80--151
Tara Bateman 72-79--151
Caryn Wilson 75-77--152
Janell Howland 77-75--152
Nontaya Srisawang 74-78--152
Sarah-Jane Kenyon 74-78--152
Naree Song 74-78--152
Vikki Laing 78-75--153
D'Rae Ward 78-75--153
Caroline Blaylock 77-76--153
Julie Tvede 75-78--153
May Wood 73-80--153
Michelle Simpson 74-79--153
Angela Buzminski 74-80--154
Amanda McCurdy 76-78--154
Kris Tamulis 74-80--154
Ashley Gomes 78-76--154
Becky Lucidi 77-77--154
Kate Golden 77-78--155
Kuan-Pei Chen 77-79--156
Brandi Jackson 76-80--156
Taya Battistella 77-80--157
Krista Bartlett 78-79--157
Kim Augusta 72-85--157
Angie Rizzo 85-79--164
Libby Smith 92-73--165
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