Kang Tied for 4th, Women's Golf Tied for 17th After Second Round at NCAA Championships

May 23, 2001

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - Freshman Jimin Kang shot a two-under par 70 Wednesday afternoon and is tied for fifth after the second round of the NCAA Championships being held May 22-25 at par 72, 6,106-yard El Campeon Course at the Mission Inn Country Club.

As a team, Arizona State shot a 21-over 309 and is tied with Purdue for 17th with a two-day total of 614, 11 strokes out of the top 10. Duke carded a five-over 293 and is tied with Oklahoma State for the tournament lead after two rounds. Georgia is third at 593, while Auburn and UCLA are tied for fourth at 594.

Kang leads the Sun Devils with an even par total of 144 after two rounds (74-70=144). She turned in a sensational first nine holes with six birdies on the back nine (holes 10, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 17) to go to six-under. On No. 18, Kang's birdie putt hit the lip of the cup, and she narrowly missed three more putts for birdie on her next three holes but struggled over the next four holes with bogeys on No. 4 and 5 and a double bogey on No. 7 to go to two-under par.

'I ran out of gas,' Kang said. 'I was totally calm, nobody could tell I was six-under. I think my dad was more excited than I was. Everything was solid today and my putts were much better. I was going perfectly fine until I ran out of gas, but I am ready to go tomorrow. We have two more days to go.'

UCLA's Laura Moffat holds the tournament lead after two days at six-under 138. For the Sun Devils, sophomore Melanie Hunt carded another solid round of 74 and is tied for 20th with a two-day total of 148 (74-74). Senior Molly Cooper is tied for 96th at 159 (81-78), sophomore Blair O'Neal is tied for 123rd (85-87=172) and junior Lisa Meredith withdrew after nine holes with a knee injury but is expected to return on Thursday.

'The best news is that we have two days left,' head coach Linda Vollstedt said. 'We could have had a great round today, but we didn't. Our goal now is to just keep moving up. We're only nine shots out of 10th.'

The Sun Devils tee off at 12 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday off No. 10 and will be paired with Purdue and Kent State, while tee times in Friday's final round will be determined by results.

2001 NCAA Championships Women's Results - Round TwoTeam Standings: T1. Duke 299-293=592, Oklahoma State 293-299=592, 3. Georgia 298-295=593, T4. Auburn 300-294=594, UCLA 295-299=594, 6. Texas 298-299=597, 7. Tulsa 307-291=598, 8. New Mexico State 301-298=599, 9. Stanford 298-303=601, T10. Arizona 302-301=603, Southern California 296-307=603, 12. Pepperdine 299-306=905, 13. LSU 304-303=607, T14. Michigan State 310-300=610, California 302-308=610, 16. Kent State 304-309=613, T17. Arizona State 305-309=614, Purdue 305-309=614, 19. San Jose State 303-312=615, 20. Washington 315-305=620, T21. Ohio State 313-312=625, New Mexico 318-307=625, 23. South Florida 314-314=628, 24. South Carolina 308-323=631.

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