Woods Easily Advances in U.S. Amateur Golf : Tournament: He qualifies for match play after finishing two rounds five strokes behind Kim, who sets a record.

From Associated Press

Hank Kim shot a 4-under-par 68 Tuesday and bettered the medalist record by two strokes with a 36-hole total of 132 in the stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Amateur Championship.

Kim, 21, of Jonesboro, Ga., finished two rounds over the Stadium and Valley courses at the TPC Sawgrass at 12-under 132 to break the record set by Bobby Clampett in 1979 and matched by Sam Randolph in 1985.

“I can’t believe it,” said Kim, a senior at North Carolina State, who birdied two of his last three holes. “This is the biggest thing I’ve done in my life. I started thinking about being medalist when I got to 16. To tell you the truth, I just wanted to make the cut here. This changes my thinking.”

Steve Jones, a 35-year-old car salesman and reinstated amateur from Greensboro, N.C., had a 66 Tuesday and was at 134, one stroke ahead of Ed Fryatt, 23, of Las Vegas, who had a second-round 66.


Tiger Woods, 18, of Cypress, was one of three tied at 137. Woods shot par 72 on the Valley course to join Trip Kuehne, 22, of McKinney, Texas, and Tim Jackson, 35, of Germantown, Tenn. Kuehne had 68 Tuesday; Jackson a 70.

Thirty-nine golfers were still on the course when play was suspended because of darkness. They will complete their second round this morning and the field of 312 will be trimmed to 64, who will continue on to match play later in the day. The cut for match play will fall at a record 2-over 146.

Others assured of qualifying for match play were defending champion John Harris, 41, of Edina, Minn., at 142, and 17-year-old Ted Oh (144) of Torrance.

Richard Talt of Laguna Beach shot 72 for a 146 total and is the only Orange County player other than Woods who has finished 36 holes and has a chance to make it to match play.