Kim Choi Lead Prange in Good Shape

By Sports NetworkNovember 29, 2006, 5:00 pm
Ladies Professional Golf AssociationDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Amateur In-Kyung Kim and 2006 LPGA Tour rookie Hye Jung Choi each posted rounds of 5-under-par 67 Wednesday to share the first-round lead of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
The 90-hole marathon will be 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.
LPGA Tour player Erica Blasberg, Paige McKenzie and Irene Cho are knotted in third place at 4-under-par 68.
Kim began on the back nine Wednesday at the Legends Course and quickly broke into red figures with a birdie at the 10th. She added a birdie at 13, but missed a 2-foot par save at No. 15. Kim birdied 17 to make the turn at 2 under par.
On her second nine, Kim flew up the leaderboard thanks to three consecutive birdies from the third. She parred out to grab her share of the first-round lead.
'I just want to play on the LPGA Tour,' said Kim, who already earned a spot on the Duramed Futures Tour next year after winning a November qualifier. 'I had 16 greens in regulation and putted pretty well. I had one three-putt and six birdies. I played really solid.'
Choi, who had non-exempt status this year on tour and only played in two events, was flawless on Wednesday. She recorded five birdies and no bogeys for her share of first.
'I'm just enjoying this,' said Choi. 'I had a strong finish and for the first day it was very important for me. I putted well, but my iron shots were very good today. It was very important for me to shoot low today because I was very nervous before the round today, but I feel comfortable now.'
Ashley Prange, famous for competing on The Golf Channel's 'Big Break' show, posted a 3-under 69 and is tied for sixth place with Teresa Lu, Minea Blomqvist, Lisa Ferrero and Na Ri Lee.
Perhaps the most well-known player in the field is Beth Bauer, the 2002 LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year. She struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in Wednesday's first round.
Charlotta Sorenstam, sister of world No. 1 Annika Sorenstam, only managed a 4-over-par 76 and is part of a group tied for 113th place.
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Hye Jung Choi 35-32--67
a-Inkyung Kim 33-34--67
Paige MacKenzie 33-35--68
Irene Cho 32-36--68
Erica Blasberg 32-36--68
Ashley Prange 36-33--69
Teresa Lu 35-34--69
Minea Blomqvist 34-35--69
Lisa Ferrero 33-36--69
Na Ri Lee 32-37--69
Maru Martinez 36-34--70
Lee-Anne Pace 35-35--70
Meredith Duncan 35-35--70
Angela Jerman 35-35--70
a-Adrienne Millican 35-35--70
Ashley Hoagland 35-35--70
Hyun-Hee Moon 34-36--70
Anna Rawson 34-36--70
Angela Park 34-36--70
Kimberly Hall 34-36--70
Clarissa Childs 34-36--70
Aram Cho 37-34--71
Kim Welch 37-34--71
Na On Min 37-34--71
Jennifer Gleason 37-34--71
Katherine Hull 36-35--71
Rebecca Coakley 36-35--71
Bernadette Luse 36-35--71
Jane Park 36-35--71
Jenna Daniels 35-36--71
Kelly Lagedrost 34-37--71
Diane Irivin 33-38--71
Jeanne Cho 33-38--71
Louise Stahle 33-38--71
Eun-Hee Ji 37-35--72
Celeste Troche 37-35--72
Hwanhee Lee 37-35--72
Yeon Joo Lee 37-35--72
Cecilia Ekelundh 37-35--72
Sarah Lynn Johnston 37-35--72
Jin Young Pak 36-36--72
Nicole Jeray 36-36--72
Meredith Ward 36-36--72
Danielle Downey 36-36--72
Maggie Will 36-36--72
Mollie Fankhauser 36-36--72
Allison Fouch 36-36--72
Linda Ishii 35-37--72
Violeta Retamoza 35-37--72
Hae-Jung Kim 35-37--72
Kim Augusta 34-38--72
Carrie Wood 34-38--72
Sasha Medina 34-38--72
Natalie Tucker 34-38--72
Linda Wessberg 34-38--72
Tara Bateman 34-38--72
Lisa Fernandes 33-39--72
Tina Miller 38-35--73
Seo-Jae Lee 38-35--73
Beth Allen 38-35--73
Kristina Tucker 37-36--73
Cathy Johnston-Forbes 37-36--73
Jana Peterkova 37-36--73
Sarah Huarte 37-36--73
Nancy Harvey 37-36--73
Sarah Martin 36-37--73
Sophia Sheridan 36-37--73
Kristen Samp 36-37--73
a-Ji-Young Oh 36-37--73
Simi Mehra 36-37--73
Diana Ramage 36-37--73
Su A Kim 36-37--73
Nicole Keller 35-38--73
Kelly Cap 35-38--73
Stephanie Louden 35-38--73
Sophie Giquel 35-38--73
Salimah Mussani 34-39--73
May Wood 33-40--73
Kris Tamulis 40-34--74
Samantha Head 39-35--74
Kathryn Imrie 38-36--74
LeAnna Wicks 38-36--74
Jean Bartholomew 38-36--74
Minny Yeo 38-36--74
Nontaya Srisawang 38-36--74
Sarah-Jane Kenyon 38-36--74
Hana Kim 38-36--74
Liz Janangelo 38-36--74
Joanne Mills 37-37--74
Kelly Cavanaugh 37-37--74
Adrienne Gautreaux 37-37--74
Naree Song 37-37--74
Kim Brozer 36-38--74
Angela Buzminski 36-38--74
Annie Young 36-38--74
Michelle Simpson 36-38--74
Beth Bauer 36-38--74
Lisa Meldrum 35-39--74
Audra Burks 34-40--74
Jo Clingan 34-40--74
Marianne Morris 40-35--75
Courtney Erdman 39-36--75
Paula Marti 38-37--75
Katie Bakken 38-37--75
Ashli Bunch 38-37--75
Marilyn Lovander 38-37--75
Julie Tvede 38-37--75
Caryn Wilson 38-37--75
Kitty Hwang 37-38--75
Isabelle Beisiegel 37-38--75
Carolina Llano 37-38--75
Kris Lindstrom 35-40--75
Charlotta Sorenstam 39-37--76
Annette DeLuca 39-37--76
Cindy Pasechnik 39-37--76
Jimin Jeong 38-38--76
Ha-Na Chae 37-39--76
Brooke Tull 37-39--76
Amanda McCurdy 37-39--76
Brandi Jackson 36-40--76
Shayna Miyajima 35-41--76
Kate Golden 40-37--77
Jessica Reese-Quayle 39-38--77
Becky Lucidi 39-38--77
Taya Battistella 38-39--77
Kuan-Pei Chen 38-39--77
Angie Hill 38-39--77
Janell Howland 37-40--77
Caroline Blaylock 37-40--77
Emily Bastel 36-41--77
D'Rae Ward 40-38--78
Vikki Laing 38-40--78
Krista Bartlett 38-40--78
Ashley Gomes 36-42--78
Jackie Beers 38-41--79
Gwladys Nocera 40-40--80
Angie Rizzo 42-43--85
Libby Smith 42-50--92
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