Anschutz, Kang post top scores at Women's sectional

Updated: June 11, 2002, 3:59 AM ET
Associated Press

VALENCIA, Calif. -- Jody Anschutz of Rio Verde, Ariz., and Jimin Kang of South Korea tied for low medalist honors with 36-hole scores of 1-over 145 in sectional qualifying Monday for the U.S. Women's Open.

None of the four 12-year-olds in the field qualified.

Michelle Wie, a seventh-grader from Honolulu, had the lowest score of the quartet of preteens, shooting 74-79 for a 9-over 153 during 36 holes of regulation at Valencia Country Club. But she was knocked out of an alternate spot during a playoff.

Wie had played in LPGA tournaments in Hawaii and South Carolina earlier this year, but missed the cut in both.

The low five players in the sectional were assured berths for the U.S. Women's Open on July 4-7 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kans.

The other 12-year-olds playing at Valencia were Esther Choe of La Quinta, Calif., and Stephanie Kono of Honolulu, who each shot 77-78--155; and Mina Harigae of Monterey, Calif., at 84-84--168.

Anschutz had rounds of 73-72, and Kang, a junior at Arizona State, had a 2-under par 70 in the afternoon for the day's best round after shooting a 75 in the morning.

Finishing third was Sue Daniels of Tahoe City, Calif., at 76-72--148. Soo-Young Moon of South Korea with fourth with rounds of 76-74--150. The fifth and final spot will go to either Allison Finney, of Palm Desert, Calif., or Lisa Ferrero of Lodi, Calif., who tied in regulation at 151, then remained tied through five playoff holes.

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