Park, Hur Share Second-Round Midday Lead
In U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifying
North Plains, Ore. – Former champion Jane Park, 19, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Mi Jung Hur, 16, of Korea, took the early lead midway through Tuesday’s second qualifying round of the United States Women’s Amateur Championship at the 6,380-yard, par-71 Witch Hollow Course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
Park fired a 1-under-par 70 and Hur finished with a 2-over 73 to finish 36 holes at even-par 142.
As the 2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, Park is the better-known player. She was also runner-up in the Women’s Amateur in 2003, runner-up in the 2003 U.S. Girls’ Junior, tied for low amateur in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open and was a member of the 2004 and 2006 USA Curtis Cup teams. Hur is visiting the United States for just the third time: once for training, once for Women’s Amateur sectional qualifying and now to play in the championship.
Park said the course played easier today than yesterday “because the wind came up on my last seven holes Monday and the greens were not holding.”
Park’s father, Frank Park, had suggested that finishing at even par would put his daughter in a good position for match play. “He didn’t want me to have the pressure of being the medalist,” Jane said. “I played it pretty conservatively today. My dad wanted me to shoot a number and I did that. When I finished he said, ‘Okay, good job.’ ”
Park’s success in USGA events is at least partly due to her affection for match play. “I love it,” she said. “Like that little four-footer I had on the last hole. It was fast and broke a lot and since it’s stroke play, I almost lagged it. In match play I would have hit it firm and center cut.”
Play continues with the completion of the second round Tuesday afternoon. Margaret Shirley of Roswell, Ga., and Paige Mackenzie of Yakima, Wash., who shared the first-round lead with Hur after opening with 2-under 69s Monday, had afternoon tee times.
At the conclusion of stroke play, the field will be cut to the low 64 players who will enter match play on Wednesday. The championship concludes with a scheduled 36-hole final on Sunday.
Story written by Rhonda Glenn of USGA Media Relations. E-mail her with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.