Medalist Kang On To Third Round July 21, 2010 By USGA

Village of Pinehurst , N.C. – Danielle Kang was happy to make it out of the first round of match play at the 2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior with a victory, but she wasn’t thrilled with how she was playing.

The 17-year-old stroke-play medalist from Thousand Oaks, Calif., was much more pleased following her second-round

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 Haley Andreas breezed in her second-round match. (John Mummert/USGA)
5-and-4 win over Kelli Oride of Lihue, Hawaii, Thursday morning on the par-72, 6,331-yard Dogwood Course at The Country Club of North Carolina.

I just played better than yesterday – I hit better shots, said Kang, who won the first hole against Oride and never trailed. I was on the phone with my coach yesterday on the range and we fixed a little problem. So my shots were straighter today.

Even a double bogey on the par-5 fifth hole didn’t faze Kang, who is playing in her fourth Girls’ Junior.

I dunked it in the water, said Kang. Before I would get a little upset and probably break down from there, but lately I just kind of laugh it off and tell myself, ‘Oh my god, did I just do that?’

Kang’s third-round opponent will be Haley Andreas, 17, of Pacific Grove, Calif., who advanced with a 7-and-6 victory over Summar Roachell of Conway, Ark. Andreas, who lost in the second round a year ago, was also pleased with her ball striking in her second-round win.

I was finally hitting a lot more fairways, which was nice, said Andreas. I’ve been struggling with my driver the past few days, but that was straightening out a little bit more. And I was hitting more greens.

In other second-round action, Cali Hipp, 17, of Caldwell, Idaho, ended Megan Khang’s hopes of becoming the youngest U.S. Girls’ Junior champion in history, but it wasn’t easy. Hipp held a 4-up lead with six holes to play and watched her lead dissipate and finally disappear on the 18 th hole when Khang made a 35-foot birdie putt to square the match and force extra holes.

Hipp eventually earned the victory on the 21st hole when she hit her tee shot on the par-3 third to 10 inches, which was conceded. Khang missed her 10-footer for birdie.

She’d been dropping those putts all day, said Hipp of her opponent. You know, I was ready to go to the next hole. I wouldn’t be surprised if she made it. She just barely missed it.

Also advancing was 2007 Girls’ Junior champion Kristen Park, 17, of Buena Park, Calif., who earned a 1-up victory over Mariah Stackhouse of Riverdale, Ga. Park, who is trying to become just the fourth multiple winner in the championship’s history, will face
Victoria Tanco of Argentinain the third round. Tanco earned a marathon 25-hole victory over Thailand’sAriya Jutanugarn to advance.

Two other second-round matches required extra holes. Ginger Howard of Bradenton, Fla., needed 22 holes to top Kendall Martindale of Jefferson City, Tenn., and Nicole Morales of South Salem, N.Y., outlasted Erica Herr of New Hope, Pa., in 19 holes. 

The 2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior continues Thursday afternoon with the third round of match play. The quarterfinal and semifinal matches are on Friday, and the 36-hole championship final will be played Saturday.

The U.S. Girls’ Junior is one of 13 championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association each year, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Story written by Beth Murrison, USGA Manager of Championship Communications. For questions or comments, contact her at
bmurrison@usga.org .

Village of Pinehurst, N.C. – Results following Thursday’s second round of match play at the 2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior at the 6,331-yard, par-72 Country Club of North Carolina:

Round of 32
Upper Bracket
Danielle Kang, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (141) def. Kelli Oride, Lihue, Hawaii (153), 5 and 4
Haley Andreas, Pacific Grove, Calif. (155) def. Summar Roachell, Conway, Ark. (150), 7 and 6
Doris Chen, Bradenton, Fla. (156) def. Nicole Quinn, Windermere, Fla. (153), 4 and 3
Elisabeth Bernabe, Anaheim Hills, Calif. (147) def. Mikayla Harmon, Gilbert, Ariz. (152), 3 and 2

Gyeol Park, Korea (144) def. Grace Na, Oakland, Calif. (153), 1 up
Lindsey Weaver, Scottsdale, Ariz. (149) def. Brenna Nelsen, Monte Sereno, Calif. (151), 4 and 3
Mariko Tumangan, San Jose, Calif. (145) def. Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis. (153), 4 and 3
Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. (151) def. Erica Herr, New Hope, Pa. (149), 19 holes

Lower Bracket
Ginger Howard, Bradenton, Fla. (142) def. Kendall Martindale, Jefferson City, Tenn. (153), 22 holes

Ally McDonald, Fulton, Miss. (150) def. Kyle Roig, Puerto Rico (150), 1 up
Victoria Tanco, Argentina (153) def. Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand (147), 25 holes
Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (148) def. Mariah Stackhouse, Riverdale, Ga. (152), 1 up
Cali Hipp, Caldwell, Idaho (154) def. Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. (143), 21 holes
Stephanie Liu, St Albans, Mo. (149) def. Soobin Kim, Canada (150), 3 and 2
Christina Foster, Canada (153) def. Yueer Feng, Ppls Rep. of China (146), 2 up
Katelyn Dambaugh, Goose Creek, S.C. (151) def. Giovana Maymon, Mexico (156), 2 and 1

Village of Pinehurst, N.C. – Pairings for Thursday’s third round of match play at the 2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior at the 6,331-yard, par-72 Country Club of North Carolina (All times EDT):

Round of 16
Upper Bracket
1:00 p.m.            Danielle Kang, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (141) vs. Haley Andreas, Pacific Grove, Calif. (155)

1:13 p.m.            Doris Chen, Bradenton, Fla. (156) vs. Elisabeth Bernabe, Anaheim Hills, Calif. (147)
1:25 p.m.            Gyeol Park, Korea (144) vs. Lindsey Weaver, Scottsdale, Ariz. (149)
1:35 p.m.            Mariko Tumangan, San Jose, Calif. (145) vs. Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. (151)

Lower Bracket
2:20 p.m.            Ginger Howard, Bradenton, Fla. (142) vs. Ally McDonald, Fulton, Miss. (150)

3:20 p.m.            Victoria Tanco, Argentina (153) vs. Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (148)
2:45 p.m.            Cali Hipp, Caldwell, Idaho (154) vs. Stephanie Liu, St Albans, Mo. (149)
2:30 p.m.            Christina Foster, Canada (153) vs. Katelyn Dambaugh, Goose Creek, S.C. (151)