Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019


GOLF Channel Notable Quotes
NCAA Women’s Golf Championships
Team Match Play, Semifinals
Blessings Golf Club, Fayetteville, Ark.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Semifinal Matches Results
Duke (2) defeated Arizona (6) 3-2
Wake Forest (5) defeated Auburn (8) 4-0-1

**Duke will compete against Wake Forest for the 2019 NCAA D1 Women’s Golf National Championship. GOLF Channel will air live coverage beginning at 4 p.m. ET TODAY.

Duke defeated Arizona 3-2
Curt Byrum – “Coach Brooks said he put Gina Kim in that anchor spot for a reason. He trusted that she could get the job done, even as a freshman. All of that experience. Those national teams that she played on. That experience has definitely helped her in this situation.”
Karen Stupples – “She played Junior Solheim Cup, Junior Ryder Cup. All of these experiences are huge.”

Duke’s Gina Kim speaking with GOLF Channel’s Billy Ray Brown following her clinching match
Gina Kim – “This was definitely a new experience for me, but I saw my team cheering for me and I knew that they trusted me. I knew that I was a good enough player to pull it off, and I’m very grateful that everything worked out that I wanted it to.”
Kim (on what Coach Dan Brooks told her) – “’You still got this, there is plenty of opportunities out there, you just have got to stay patient.’ The key to this course is if you just stay patient, opportunities and hopefully victories will come to you. Don’t chase after it, just let it come to you.”

Coach Dan Brooks on Duke Freshman Gina Kim
Dan Brooks – “She’s a slugger. She beat Albane [Valenzuela] yesterday and can play against the best.”

Steve Burkowski – “We have seen the whole personality and dynamic change from Haley Moore in the past 12 months.”
Burkowski – “Awfully impressive what Haley Moore has done the last two years at the NCAA Championships.”

Arizona’s Haley Moore speaking with GOLF Channel’s John Cook following her match (5-0 in team match play)
Haley Moore – “When I won those two holes (12 and 13) I just told myself just to stay steady and be patient, because there are some scoreable holes coming up so you can take advantage of those. I just happened to put the balls in the right places on the greens and did what I could.”

Arizona’s Yu-Sang Hou speaking with GOLF Channel’s Kay Cockerill following her match
Yu-Sang Hou – “Coach [Ianello] was so worried and she told me to calm down and slow down a little bit. I did that and was able to make the shots.”

Duke’s Ana Belac and Head Coach Dan Brooks with GOLF Channel’s John Cook following her match
Ana Belac – “Throughout the round I had no idea what was going on. But when people started walking around and panicking a little bit, I started thinking this might have been an important point. It just gave me more motivation to do my best.”
Dan Brooks – “She [Ana] has shown me many times that when it gets down to the wire she can play her best golf.”

Wake Forest defeated Auburn 4-0-1
Bob Papa – “Jennifer Kupcho controlled this match from the beginning. The mission that she is on to win a team championship continues.”
Steve Burkowski – “Awfully impressive one-two punch when you get Kupcho and Migliaccio together.”
Burkowski – “They went out early and took command early.”

Wake Forest’s Emilia Migliaccio speaking with Billy Ray Brown
Emilia Migliaccio – “My ball striking was really, really good. I hit a lot of really close shots and I think I hit almost every green, so I definitely put pressure on the opponent to make birdies.”
Migliaccio (on getting an early point for Wake Forest) – “It was huge. It gives everyone who is still playing a lot of confidence and now we can go cheer them on. So, I’m really excited.

Jennifer Kupcho speaking with GOLF Channel’s Kay Cockerill
Jennifer Kupcho – “I’m used to being the first person out, so to finally get put in that spot and lead the team is exciting. Looks like we are doing good back there so pretty excited how our team is doing right now.”
Michael Kupcho (father, on the past couple of months) – “One word, whirlwind. It has been fun. We have experience so much that we didn’t think might even do so it has been really cool. Really proud of her. She has done a great job.”
Janet Kupcho (mother) – “I would say that she is really strong willed. If she gets determined to do something, it is pretty hard to stop her. That determination is really good out here on the golf course.”

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