Posted by: happyfan08 | May 1, 2009

2009 Korean Women’s Open RD 1

May 1st to 3rd sees the KLPGA tour contesting the Korean Women’s Open, the first Major on that tour in 2009 and arguably the most important event of the season.  The defending champion, Jiyai Shin, has moved on to the LPGA tour, and a bunch of top talents are itching to get their first Major win this week.  Chief among them is Hee Kyung Seo, a 7 time winner who has nonetheless never won a Major.  So Yeon Ryu lost a playoff to Shin last year, and is another favorite to take the crown this time.

Round one is in the books, and as has often happened this year, the leaders are a bit obscure.  One of them is a 17 year old amateur named Hyun Soo Kim, while the other a relatively unknown pro named Ji Hye Jang.  Both players shot 68s on day one.

Amateur Hyun Soo Kim

Amateur Hyun Soo Kim

 

Ji Hye Jang

Ji Hye Jang

Just behind them at -3 are several more accomplished golfers.  Young Ran Jo and Bo Kyung Kim have both won on tour, and Hye Youn Kim was the third ranked rookie on tour last season and also has a win to her credit.

As for the top stars, Hee Kyung Seo is nicely placed following a 70, while Sun Ju Ahn, who has won this event before, shot a 71.  So Yeon Ryu is at even par, just four strokes back going into the weekend.

Hee Kyung Seo
Hee Kyung Seo

Among the top players who didn’t do well were He Yong Choi, who shot a 76, and Ran Hong, who shot a 77.  Choi’s mysterious slump continues, and now she is fighting to make the cut.  Ha Neul Kim shot a 73.

Ha Neul Kim

Ha Neul Kim

Two more rounds to go, and the pressure is bound to go up several notches!

Scores:
1. Hyun Soo Kim (A) 68 -4
Ji Hye Jang 68 -4
3. Young Ran Jo 69 -3
Hye Yoon Kim 69 -3
Bo Kyung Kim 69 -3
Jang Hee Lee 69 -3

Notables:
7. Hee Kyung Seo 70 -2
Da Ye Na 70 -2
Ji Na Lim 70 -2
13. Sun Ju Ahn 71 -1
Seon Hwa Lee 2 71 -1
24. So Yeon Ryu 72 Even
Soo Young Moon 72 Even
Aram Cho 72 Even
34. Ha Neul Kim 73 +1
50. Soo Jin Yang 74 +2
Hae Jung Kim 74 +2
Hyun Hee Moon 74 +2
Ha Na Chae 74 +2
61. Bobea Park 75 +3
72. He Yong Choi 76 +4
Ha Na Jang (A) 76 +4
Il Hee Lee 76 +4
82. Ran Hong 77 +5
Anna Oh 77 +5
Chae Ah Oh 77 +5
Shi Hyun Park 77 +5

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