Former Trojan Candie Kung Second At U.S. Women's Open

July 13, 2009

Former Trojan All-American Candie Kung finished in second place at the 2009 U.S. Women's Open on Sunday (July 12) while Trojan sophomore-to-be Jennifer Song finished as the top amateur with a tie for 13th.

Additionally, another former Trojan, Nicole Castrale, tied for 17th at the Open, held at the Saucon Valley C.C. in Bethlehem, Penn.

Kung, who was a two-time All-American first teamer at USC in 2000 and 2001, fired a final-round 69 and looked like she might be headed for a playoff after finishing at 1-over 285 (71-77-68-69), but South Korean Ji Eun-hee nailed a 20-foot birdie putt on 18 to score the one-stroke victory.

Kung began the day five strokes behind third-round leader Cristie Kerr.

'I was very proud of myself for shooting red numbers at the U.S. Open,' said Kung, who finished 68-69 to overcome a second-round 77.

Song finished at 7-over 291 (72-74-73-72) while Castrale, who played at USC from 1998-2001 and was a Trojan teammate of Kung's, finished at 8-over 292 (74-71-74-73).

In addition to Kung, Song and Castrale, three other former Trojan All-Americans played in the tournament: Mikaela Parmlid, Irene Cho and Dewi Claire Schreefel.

All six Trojans who played have been coached by USC Head Women's Golf Coach Andrea Gaston, who in the fall will begin her 14th year at the helm of the Trojans' program.

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