June 28, 2013
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Q. Can you tell us
how you felt on the front nine? You hit great shot after great shot. You hit
four birdie putts and just couldn't get it to go in.
ANNIE PARK: Compared to yesterday, I definitely played
better. It was still frustrating that I just couldn't make any putts,
especially like short putts for birdie. Mentally it was frustrating. I knew
that I could make more putts. It just didn't drop.
Q. (Inaudible) the
approach at 14 and the tee shot at 17?
ANNIE PARK: Yeah, I mean, I feel like I'm not at my best
with my ball striking right now, but today it was better than yesterday. And I
tried to – I held it together. I mean, I did hit some great shots. I just feel
like I could have hit more great shots with my swing feeling good.
Q. What do you take
out of these two days?
ANNIE PARK: It was a great experience. It was just
unbelievable with the fans just coming out to support not only our group but
just coming out for the other players. I mean, it just seems so nice not only
to see it so popular in the men's Tour but also in the LPGA Tour.
Q. What do you learn
personally for your game out of these two days?
ANNIE PARK: I mean, it was definitely not my best from the
past two days when I do – I feel like I can, you know, be at the top.
Q. How did the setup
feel compared to the times you played it just playing near here?
ANNIE PARK: So last year, the yardages were obviously shorter.
So it was like playing a different golf course with the tees back. I'm still
not used to like No. 1 No. 1 being No. 2, No. 9 being No. 1. So I mean, that
was kind of like confusing.
But I mean, overall, it was just a great setup. And the greens
were rolling pretty good too.
Q. When you came out
today, did you have a particular goal or what did you think you had to do to
make the cut?
ANNIE PARK: I was ready to go out and just play. I mean,
personally I know that, you know, once I have a bad round or a bad front nine,
I mean, I'm usually back on track getting it back to even, but today it was I
was hitting it good, it was just my putts. I was giving my best efforts and it
didn't drop in. I can't do anything about it.
Q. It seemed like a
lot of putts went left. Did you notice that at all that you pulled a few?
ANNIE PARK: I think the ones that I pulled – it was ones I
missed my putt right, I tried to miss it left. And then I don't know. I don't
Q. Two years in a row
you have been in it. What does it do for your hunger to be in the U.S. Open,
your enthusiasm for the U.S. Open, where does that stand right now?
ANNIE PARK: I mean, even if I just played the last few days,
I'm honored to be on the tee and hitting balls or shots on this great golf
course. I mean, it would be nice to be able to play every year, but we'll see.
Q. What does the rest
of the summer look for you?
ANNIE PARK: So I actually start summer classes in two days. And
I have two amateur tournaments, the North and the South, and the Women's Am. I
will be pretty much preparing for that as well.
Q. When you think
back to six months ago, you were finishing up high school, how far do you feel
you have come in these past six months?
ANNIE PARK: I mean, my goal was to, you know, accomplish
some goals that I had beginning this past semester and I mean, I've
accomplished more than I expected and I feel just great and honored to be part
Q. When you look at
yourself and you compare yourself to some of the good players today, if your
putter had cooperated today you might have had one of the best rounds out here?
ANNIE PARK: I believe so. I mean, if those putts dropped, I
would have at least been 3 or 4 under easily. But I mean, it's golf.
Q. What does that
tell you about where you stand next to these women?
ANNIE PARK: I mean, obviously they are all great players. And
if I – after today and yesterday, I've noticed that, you know, I still have a
long way to go and to learn a lot from my coachers and I'm just going to
prepare myself for the professional Tour.
Q. Do you like the
way you held up mentally? You kept hitting good shots and hitting it close?
ANNIE PARK: Yes, I mean, I start to get used to, you know,
the pressure and all the attention. But I mean, I just hit one shot at a time
and just – it was definitely frustrating. I just couldn't get over the putts
that I missed. But, I mean, you just learn from them.
Q. When you look
back, what do you think will be the biggest thing staring back at you in your
game and what you need to do to prepare to compete on this level?
ANNIE PARK: I feel like I should – I have a lot more to
experience bigger tournaments, obviously this is one of the biggest, but just
playing against the pros, the best, and just handling pressure, learning ways
of how to handle those pressures, even though I know a few. But there is still
a lot more to learn.
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