Kang breaks record as Daytona State claims national title


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With the final round of play cancelled due to weather Thursday, Daytona State (Fla.) claimed victory in the NJCAA Women’s Golf Championship at LPGA International. Clinching their eighth national title, the Falcons extended their record for most all-time NJCAA women’s golf championships.

Posting a final score of 876, Daytona State was the only team in the event to finish under 900 strokes. Defending national champion Seminole State (Fla.) totalled 901 for second, followed by a 909 from third place McLennan (Texas).

Propelling Daytona State to victory was the tournament’s individual champion, Ji Sun Kang. The South Korean sophomore set an NJCAA championship record with a 207 – the lowest three-round score in tournament history. Kang’s performance undercut the previous record of 209 set by Sarah Schober of Redlands (Okla.) in 2012.

After shooting a 72 on Day 1, Kang recorded the second-lowest round in national tournament history with a 67 on Day 2 – matching the score recorded at last year’s championship by Tiffany Chan of Daytona State. Kang finished strong, carding a 68 in the third round.

Falcons freshman Katie Veale added to the victorious effort with a 219 for the tournament, tying McLennan (Texas) freshman Roanne Tomlinson for second. Other top 10 finishers for Daytona State included freshmen Kaye Kwon and Cristine Lee. Kwon shot a 226 to tie for eighth place, while Lee tied for 10th with a 227 to round out the Falcons’ card.

Seminole State sophomore Nichada Satasuk landed a top-five finish with a 220, finishing in fourth place. McLennan freshman Gianti Mahardhika and Iowa Western sophomore Damla Bilgic each carded a 223 to tie for fifth.

Photos courtesy of Steven Sobel.

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