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Choe impresses in Futures debut

GOLFWEEK STAFF

Needing a birdie to win her first Duramed Futures Tour event or a par to force a playoff, Esther Choe bogeyed the 18th hole at the Aurora Health Care Championship to finish in a tie for second place.

Choe flew the green with her approach at the last, then chipped to 12 feet before missing the left-to-right breaking putt. She carded a final-round 72 for a three-round total of 212.

Futures rookie Sofie Andersson, who started the final round in fourth, shot a final-round 2-under 70 to win.

“I knew that she was four under for the tournament, and it was possible for her to make it,” said Andersson of Choe’s par putt attempt on the 18th green.

Choe was in the lead or tied for the lead for a majority of the final round. She started with birdies on her first two holes, then bogeyed Nos. 3-4, but recovered with a birdie at No. 5. Choe then made 12 consecutive pars before a bogey at the last.

Choe, Golfweek’s top-ranked junior, announced in April that she would turn pro in August shortly after she turns 18. She had previously committed to the University of Arizona. She earned a spot in the field at the Aurora Health Care Championship based on her national amateur ranking.

Choe placed T-12 at the Thunderbird International.

– Duramed Futures Tour contributed to this report.

Final scores with earnings and relation to parfrom the Aurora Health Care Championship, played June 1-3 at thepar-72, 6,406-yard Geneva National Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wis.(Note: a-amateur):

1. Sofie Andersson, $12,600 70-72-70–212

-4 2. Brandi Jackson, 9,000 71-72-70–213

-3 2. a-Esther Choe, 0 72-69-72–213

-3 4. Jane Park, 5,501 72-69-73–214

-2 4. Caroline Larsson, 5,501 69-69-76–214

-2 6. Stephanie George, 3,689 75-70-70–215

-1 7. Cristina Baena, 2,429 74-72-70–216

E 7. Eunjung Yi, 2,429 78-67-71–216

E 7. Allison Fouch, 2,429 74-70-72–216

E 10. Lisa Ferrero, 1,799 73-73-71–217
+ 1 11. D’Rae Ward, 1,296 76-75-67–218
+ 2 11. O. Sattayabanphot, 1,296 73-74-71–218
+ 2 11. Janell Howland, 1,296 73-74-71–218
+ 2 11. a-Eileen Vargas, 0 75-71-72–218
+ 2 11. Vikki Laing, 1,296 73-72-73–218
+ 2 11. Annie Young, 1,296 70-74-74–218
+ 2 11. Ji Min Jeong, 1,296 73-71-74–218
+ 2 18. Kim Welch, 853 74-74-71–219
+ 3 18. Kelly Cap, 853 75-73-71–219
+ 3 18. Nicole Melton, 853 73-73-73–219
+ 3 18. Seo-Jae Lee, 853 73-73-73–219
+ 3 18. Kelly Cavanaugh, 853 76-70-73–219
+ 3 18. Rachel Bailey, 853 76-69-74–219
+ 3 18. Tiffany Tavee, 853 75-68-76–219
+ 3 25. Mollie Fankhauser, 723 74-77-69–220
+ 4 25. Emily Bastel, 723 75-74-71–220
+ 4 25. Samantha Richdale, 723 76-73-71–220
+ 4 25. Jenny Gleason, 723 75-74-71–220
+ 4 25. Ashley Grier, 723 73-75-72–220
+ 4 25. Kristen Samp, 723 72-73-75–220
+ 4 25. Audra Burks, 723 73-72-75–220
+ 4 25. Noriko Nakazaki, 723 73-71-76–220
+ 4 33. a-Jessica Yadloczky, 0 75-76-70–221
+ 5 33. Mindy Kim, 674 76-73-72–221
+ 5 33. Courtney Erdman, 674 74-74-73–221
+ 5 33. Lori Atsedes, 674 75-73-73–221
+ 5 33. Sarah-Jane Kenyon, 674 77-71-73–221
+ 5 38. Violeta Retamoza, 646 72-78-72–222
+ 6 38. Kim Brozer, 646 76-74-72–222
+ 6 38. Elena Kurokawa, 646 74-74-74–222
+ 6 38. Amanda Mathis, 646 75-73-74–222
+ 6 38. Celeste Troche, 646 72-74-76–222
+ 6 43. Jana Peterkova, 618 74-76-73–223
+ 7 43. Meredith Ward, 618 75-74-74–223
+ 7 43. Bing Lim, 618 75-74-74–223
+ 7 43. Rak Kyung Oh, 618 76-73-74–223
+ 7 43. Ha Na Chae, 618 71-75-77–223
+ 7 43. Katrina Leckovic, 618 70-74-79–223
+ 7 49. Aimee Cho, 598 79-70-75–224
+ 8 49. Sunny Oh, 598 77-71-76–224
+ 8 49. Nontaya Srisawang, 598 75-71-78–224
+ 8 52. Gina Umeck, 577 76-75-74–225
+ 9 52. LeAnna Wicks, 577 77-73-75–225
+ 9 52. Terra Petsinger, 577 73-76-76–225
+ 9 52. Kellee Booth, 577 77-72-76–225
+ 9 52. Lauren Espinosa, 577 75-73-77–225
+ 9 52. Yeon Joo Lee, 577 75-73-77–225
+ 9 52. Leah Wigger, 577 72-74-79–225
+ 9 59. Angela Buzminski, 553 71-80-75–226
+ 10 59. a-Katie Elliott, 0 76-75-75–226
+ 10 59. Cortney Reno, 553 74-77-75–226
+ 10 59. Yoora Kim, 553 76-74-76–226
+ 10 59. Jessica Shepley, 553 77-73-76–226
+ 10 59. Perry Swenson, 553 74-76-76–226
+ 10 59. Amanda McCurdy, 553 74-73-79–226
+ 10 66. Carolina Llano, 533 77-74-76–227
+ 11 66. Tina Miller, 533 78-73-76–227
+ 11 66. Beth Allen, 533 79-72-76–227
+ 11 66. Hanna Kang, 533 77-73-77–227
+ 11 66. Katie Fraley, 533 76-73-78–227
+ 11 66. Maria Kostina, 533 77-72-78–227
+ 11 72. Song Yi Choi, 523 77-74-77–228
+ 12 72. Rebecka Heinmert, 523 72-77-79–228
+ 12 74. Jamie Stevenson, 516 77-74-78–229
+ 13 74. Yu-Jin Bang, 516 74-76-79–229
+ 13 74. Maria Kim, 516 74-73-82–229
+ 13 77. Ashley Leonard, 510 72-79-85–236
+ 20 • • •

Missed the cut

78. Katie Allison 76-76–152
+ 8 78. Danah Ford 75-77–152
+ 8 78. Morgan Olds 77-75–152
+ 8 78. Bridget Dwyer 73-79–152
+ 8 78. Karen Quinn 76-76–152
+ 8 78. Angie Hill 76-76–152
+ 8 78. Sasha Medina 75-77–152
+ 8 78. Grace Woo 77-75–152
+ 8 78. Liz Janangelo 75-77–152
+ 8 87. Lorraine Ballerano 77-76–153
+ 9 87. Noon Huachai 76-77–153
+ 9 87. Sarah Martin 81-72–153
+ 9 87. Cindy Lee-Pridgen 78-75–153
+ 9 87. Katie Connelly 76-77–153
+ 9 87. Salimah Mussani 77-76–153
+ 9 87. Jin Hyun Kim 79-74–153
+ 9 94. Elizabeth Stuart 76-78–154
+ 10 94. Mo Martin 80-74–154
+ 10 94. Ashley Gomes 72-82–154
+ 10 94. Kuan-Pei Chen 77-77–154
+ 10 94. Charlotte Campbell 75-79–154
+ 10 94. Yei-Lim Choi 77-77–154
+ 10 94. Dana Lacey 76-78–154
+ 10 94. Taya Battistella 79-75–154
+ 10 102. Sooji Cho 80-75–155
+ 11 102. Tiffany Faucette 78-77–155
+ 11 102. Jackie Beers 81-74–155
+ 11 102. Courtney Clark 78-77–155
+ 11 106. Michelle Simpson 74-82–156
+ 12 106. Natalie Tucker 81-75–156
+ 12 106. Amy Schmucker 74-82–156
+ 12 106. Marcela Leon 78-78–156
+ 12 106. Laura Korus 78-78–156
+ 12 106. Meghan Little 74-82–156
+ 12 106. Ashley Prange 78-78–156
+ 12 106. Melanie Willhite 77-79–156
+ 12 114. a-Natasha Morgan 79-78–157
+ 13 114. Alissa Kuczka 78-79–157
+ 13 114. Ulrika Ljungman-Smith 79-78–157
+ 13 114. Stephanie Ruiz 79-78–157
+ 13 118. Kailin Downs 81-77–158
+ 14 119. Heather Zielinski 84-75–159
+ 15 119. a-Adrienne White 81-78–159
+ 15 119. Erin Faulkner 81-78–159
+ 15 119. Briana Vega 81-78–159
+ 15 123. Shayne Wild 77-83–160
+ 16 123. Polly Willett 76-84–160
+ 16 123. Sam White 78-82–160
+ 16 126. Joanna Whitley 81-80–161
+ 17 126. Shayna Miyajima 75-86–161
+ 17 128. Kim Augusta 83-79–162
+ 18 128. Hwanhee Lee 82-80–162
+ 18 128. Anastasia Kostina 78-84–162
+ 18 128. Lindsey Edmunds 84-78–162
+ 18 128. Rachel Bates Bellefeuille 75-87–162
+ 18 133. Liz Vander Biezen 86-77–163
+ 19 134. Jessica Carafiello 84-80–164
+ 20 134. Kelly Froelich 81-83–164
+ 20 134. Carrie Chambers 78-86–164
+ 20 137. Kelly Lagedrost 82-83–165
+ 21 138. Eom Ji Park 81-86–167
+ 23 WD. a-Carly Werwie 88-WD

WD. Becky Pernicone 90-WD

WD. Moah Chang

WD. Heidi Helliesen

DQ. Sohi Moon

DQ. Laura Myerscough

DNS. Nicole Jeray

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