Harigae Jun Share Publinx Medalist Honors

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PUEBLO, Col. ' Mina Harigae, 16, of Monterey, Calif., registered eight birdies during a 2-under-par round of 70 in windy conditions Wednesday afternoon at Walking Stick Golf Course to share stroke-play medalist honors at 7-under 137 with 20-year-old Hannah Jun of San Diego at the 2006 U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links Championship.
 
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