Kang Ties for 10th, Women's Golf Takes 18th at NCAA Championships

May 25, 2001

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - Freshman Jimin Kang finished in a tie for 10th to lead the Sun Devils to an 18th-place showing at the 2001 NCAA Championships held May 22-25 at par 72, 6,106-yard El Campeon Course at the Mission Inn Country Club.

After play was delayed for two hours and five minutes by lightning and rain late Friday afternoon, Arizona State finished 18th with a four-day total of 1228 (305-309-300-314). Georgia won its first NCAA team title, besting Duke by three strokes with a four-day total of 1176. Duke had held a four-stroke lead on the Bulldogs heading into the day, but Georgia shot a two-over 290 in Friday's final round to capture the national crown. Texas finished third at 1191, while Auburn was fourth (1193) and Oklahoma State and UCLA tied for fifth with four-day totals of 1194.

'We didn't finish with a really good day, but we look forward to coming back next year,' Arizona State head coach Linda Vollstedt said. 'During the rain delay, we were already talking about coming back next year and winning the national championship. Jimin learned a lot as a freshman, and I know she will come back strong next year. As a coach, all I can expect from them is to come out and learn a lot and come back strong next year.'

Kang came into the day in a tie for third place, two strokes off the lead, but got off to a rough start with a double bogey on her first hole. She went to five-over par after her first nine holes but had birdies on par 3, 168-yard hole No. 2 and par 4, 364-yard No. 6 to card a 78 in her final round and finish in a tie for 10th with a four-day total of four-over par 292.

'It was a long day. I was mentally out of control on some holes,' Kang said. 'I learned a lot from all of those painful experiences, and I'm ready to come back next year.'

Duke junior Candy Hannemann won the NCAA individual title in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff with Arizona freshman Lorena Ochoa. Both players finished the tournament with four-day totals of three-under 285, but Hannemann prevailed in the playoff with a par on the par 5, 479-yard No.1, while Ochoa had a bogey.

ASU sophomore Melanie Hunt tied for 53rd with a four-day total of 226 (74-74-78-79), senior Molly Cooper tied for 77th at 311 (81-78-76-76) and sophomore Blair O'Neal finished 119th at 333 (85-87-80-81). Junior Lisa Meredith carded an 83 on Friday but did not figure in the individual standings after withdrawing from Wednesday's round with an injury (76-WD-76-83).

2001 NCAA Championships Women's Results - Final ResultsTeam Standings: 1. Georgia 298-295-293-290=1176, 2. Duke 299-293-290-297=1179, 3. Texas 298-299-291-303=1191, 4. Auburn 300-294-294-305=1193, T5. Oklahoma State 293-299-300-302=1194, UCLA 295-299-299-301=1194, 7. Southern California 296-307-293-300=1196, 8. Arizona 302-301-296-298=1197, 9. Stanford 298-303-300-300=1201, 10. Tulsa 307-291-301-309=1208, 11. New Mexico State 301-298-307-303=1209, T12. LSU 304-303-298-305=1210, Michigan State 310-300-304-296=1210, 14. Pepperdine 299-306-300-306=1211, 15. Kent State 304-309-298-313=1224, 16. Washington 315-305-310-296=1226, 17. San Jose State 303-312-311-301=1227, 18. Arizona State 305-309-300-314=1228, 19. California 302-308-312-313=1235, 20. Purdue 305-309-309-312=1235, 21. New Mexico 318-307-308-304=1237, 22. Ohio State 313-312-316-306=1247, 23. South Florida 314-314-310-313=1251, 24. South Carolina 308-323-311-312=1254.

Sun Devil ScoresT10. Jimin Kang 74-70-70-78=292, T53. Melanie Hunt 74-74-78-79=305, T77. Molly Cooper 81-78-76-76=311, 119. Blair O'Neal 81-87-80-81=333, WD. Lisa Meredith 76-WD-76-83.

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