Candie Kung Wins Again!

Sept. 2, 2003

Springfield, Ill. - Candie Kung didn't finish a hole Aug. 31, yet walked away with her second title in as many weeks.

Kung--who was an All-American at USC in 1999 and 2000--won her second consecutive tournament and third of the year when she was declared the winner of the rain-shortened LPGA State Farm Classic.

Kung, who won last week's Wachovia Classic and the Takefuji Classic earlier this season, finished at 14-under-par 202 after 54 holes. Laura Davies was one stroke back in second, and Hee-Won Han was third at 12 under. Karen Stupples finished fourth at 10 under.

'It feels great right now,' Kung said. 'It still hasn't sunk in yet, and hopefully, it will in the next couple of days. Two wins in two weeks.'

Kung would have liked to play the final round, but didn't complain about how things turned out.

'I think a win is a win,' Kung said. 'But everyone out there who made the cut after Friday wanted to finish 72 holes. It just happened to be one of those weeks.'

Tournament officials hoped to beat the bad weather by having all players tee off before 9 a.m. But just as the final group of Kung, Davies and Han teed off, play was suspended due to heavy rain. After 3 1/2 hours, officials decided the Rail Golf Course was too wet.

Tour official Janet Lindsay said the unplayable course and a forecast for more rain Monday forced the cancellation. It was the first time since the Chick-fil-A Championship in 1997 that the final round of an LPGA event was washed out, tour officials said.

Davies said she was disappointed by the decision to cancel the final round.

'I felt I had a good chance today,' Davies said. 'It was anyone's to win, really. Candie had a one-shot lead, but a one-shot lead is nothing.'

The first group off Sunday made through nine holes before the rain delay, but just 15 of the 74 players were under par in the steady rain. The last two groups did not finish the first hole.

Sunday's cancellation gives Davies another narrow miss at the Rail, where she finished second for the third consecutive year.

Kung led by as many as five strokes during Saturday's third round, but struggled down the stretch and finished with a 1-under 71.

Davies charged into contention with a 6-under 66, closing within a stroke. She nearly moved into a tie for the lead, but missed holing a bunker shot at the 18th by 2 inches.

With her third-place finish, Han moved past Se Ri Pak and claimed the $100,000 winner's check in the State Farm LPGA Series. Pak led with 336 points heading into the tournament, but finished ninth overall at 8 under, and the weighted point system gave Han the bonus series title.

Another former USC great--1998 NCAA Champion Jennifer Rosales--finished tied for ninth.

BY RYAN KEITH, ASSOCIATED PRESS--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

State Farm Classic -- Final scores

Final scores in relation to par from the State Farm Classic, played Aug. 31 at the par-72, 6,558-yard Rail Golf Course in Springfield, Ill. (Note: tournament shortened to three rounds due to rain):

1. Candie Kung,$180,000 64-67-71--202  -14

2. Laura Davies, 109,852 70-67-66--203 -13

3. Hee-Won Han, 79,690 66-69-69--204 -12

4. Karen Stupples, 61,647 69-69-68--206 -10

5. Kristi Albers, 38,492 67-74-66--207 -9

5. Grace Park, 38,492 70-69-68--207 -9

5. Tammie Green, 38,492 67-72-68--207 -9

5. Rosie Jones, 38,492 71-65-71--207 -9

9. Young Kim, 22,891 69-72-67--208 -8

9. Se Ri Pak, 22,891 70-69-69--208 -8

9. Dorothy Delasin, 22,891 69-70-69--208 -8

9. Pat Hurst, 22,891 67-70-71--208 -8

9. Jennifer Rosales, 22,891 68-67-73--208 -8

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