Koch Medalist at Womens Open Qualifier

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2004 U.S. WomenEGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Carin Koch shot a 4-under-par 140 in a sectional qualifier Monday to earn a spot in next month's U.S. Women's Open.
 
The 33-year-old Swede who lives in Phoenix had rounds of 71 and 69 on the 6,400-yard course at Hidden Creek Golf Club. At 141 was amateur Paula Creamer, 17, of Pleasanton, Calif., who shot rounds of 68 and 73.
 
Creamer, a high school senior, finished in a tie for second a day earlier in the ShopRite LPGA Classic, held in neighboring Galloway Township.
 
'Mentally, I was tired after everything that went on over the weekend,' she said. 'I was really hoping to win (Sunday) so I wouldn't have to come out here today.'
 
Had she won at the ShopRite, Creamer would have claimed a spot in the Open without qualifying.
 
Seventy-one players -- amateurs and professionals -- competed in the 36-hole qualifier, vying for 24 spots in the Open, scheduled July 1-4 in South Hadley, Mass.
 
All but one spot was filled. Seven players tied at 146, went into a playoff, and five shot par on the first playoff hole, earning Open bids.
 
Kathi Poppmeier of Austria and 15-year-old Megan Crehan, of Mamaroneck, N.Y., bogeyed the hole and played even on two more playoff holes before darkness forced USGA officials to call off play. Crehan and Poppmeier will resume their match Tuesday.
 
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