Candie Kung Wins Wachovia LPGA Classic

Aug. 26, 2003

Kutztown, Penn. - Former USC golfer Candie Kung overcame a slow start and shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday, Aug. 24 for a two-stroke victory over defending champion Se Ri Pak and Meg Mallon at the Wachovia LPGA Classic.

Kung--who played at USC in 1999 and 2000 before turning pro--finished at 14-under 288 for her second title of the season. She won the Takefuji Classic in Las Vegas in April.

Mallon, one stroke off the lead entering the final round, just missed a chip for eagle at the par-5 18th and shot a 71 to finished tied with Pak (68) at 12 under.

Carin Koch closed with a 70 and was alone in fourth at 11 under.

Kung parred the first hole and made bogeys at Nos. 2 and 3 to fall behind Mallon, Koch and the hard-charging Pak.

Kung went on to bogey four of her first seven holes at Berkleigh Country Club, but recovered nicely.

After falling to 9 under, Kung birdied Nos. 8 and 9 to move within a stroke of Mallon, and surged back into the lead at the 10th when she made birdie and Mallon made bogey.

Mallon pulled even with a birdie at No. 11, but Kung countered with a birdie at the 14th to move to 13 under, one stroke ahead of Mallon and two strokes better than Koch and Pak.

Early in the final round, it looked as if Pak might duplicate her scintillating final round of last year, when she shot a 63 and rallied to win the tournament.

Pak birdied four holes on the front nine to briefly take the lead, but bogeys at 15 and 17 left her two strokes behind Kung. Pak birdied 18, but fell two strokes short.

Mallon remained within one stroke of Kung through most of the back nine before a bogey at the 17th dropped her two shots off the pace.

Wachovia Classic -- Final results (top 10)

1. Candie Kung, $180,000 71-67-66-70--274 -14

2. Se Ri Pak, 94,323 70-71-67-68--276 -12

2. Meg Mallon, 94,323 68-66-71-71--276 -12

4. Carin Koch, 61,355 68-72-67-70--277 -11

5. Beth Daniel, 49,384 69-69-71-70--279 -9

6. Kim Saiki, 37,113 72-65-76-67--280 -8

6. Karrie Webb, 37,113 72-70-65-73--280 -8

8. Stephanie Louden, 28,134 73-71-72-65--281 -7

8. Grace Park, 28,134 71-72-68-70--281 -7

10. Jeong Jang, 23,345 74-71-70-67--282 -6

10. Gloria Park, 23,345 73-71-70-68--282 -6

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