Posted by: happyfan08 | May 21, 2009

KLPGA: Doosan Match Play 1st Round

The round of 64 is done, and for the most part the top seeds got through unscathed (some of them had to work at it, but still managed to eke out the win).  There was one exception, however, a big star who was sent home early.  The weather was wet and a bit chilly, with plenty of rain.  Let’s check out the action quarter by quarter to see who plays on!

Quarter #1
Both Hee Kyung Seo and Bo Kyung Kim got through their opening matches fine in the first section.  For Seo, it was a bit of a tough go against unheralded Bo Ri Lee.  They were close much of the match, and Seo had only a 1 up lead going into the final hole.  But Lee bogied that to give Seo the win.

Hee Kyung Seo and Bo Ri Lee

Hee Kyung Seo and Bo Ri Lee

Bo Kyung had an easier win, 3 & 1 over So Young Kim 2.  In other action, Young Ran Jo won her match 2 & 1, while Ji Na Lim took 20 holes to advance over #48 Hyun Joo Yoo.

Main Results (next opponent in parentheses)
#1 Hee Kyung Seo def. #64 Bo Ri Lee 2 up (next: #32 Min Sun Kim 2)
#8 Bo Kyung Kim def. #57 So Young Kim 2 3 & 1 (next: #40 Da Na Kang)

Quarter 2
This quarter features #4 Sun Ju Ahn and So Yeon Ryu.  Both of them had a big battle on their hands in round one.  Ahn’s lead was cut to 2 up when her opponent made a birdie on the 16th hole, but they both parred 17 and Ahn walked off with a 2 & 1 win.  So Yeon was down 1 after nine holes against Hyun Hwa Shim.  Ryu later made three straight birdies to move to 2 up, followed by Shim making birdie to cut the lead to 1.  But Ryu won when her opponent bogied 17.

So Yeon Ryu in round one

So Yeon Ryu in round one

In other action in this section, Soo Young Moon crushed Yoon Hee Jo 5 & 4, and rookie star Soo Jin Yang destroyed her opponent Young Ae Ham 5 & 4, and will next face Ryu in a battle of big names.  But rookie Shin Ae Ahn beat tour winner Chae Ah Oh 5 & 4.

Rookie Shin Ae Ahn in round 1

Rookie Shin Ae Ahn in round 1

Main results:
#4 Sun Ju Ahn def. #61 Jae Eun Jung 2 & 1 (next: #29 Bo Mi Lee)
#5 So Yeon Ryu def. #60 Hyun Hwa Shim 2 & 1 (next: #37 Soo Jin Yang)

Quarter 3
The big upset of the day came in this quarter when #2 ranked Ha Neul Kim lost her match to #63 Hyun Joo Lee.  This was close all the way.  Kim was 1 up at the turn, but fell to 1 down after a bogey on the 14th hole.  The two matched pars the rest of the way, and Ha Neul was sent packing.   Sorry about saying you were the best player in this group yesterday, Ha Neul!  I probably cursed you!

Ha Neul Kim smiles in round one, but did not advance

Ha Neul Kim smiles in round one, but did not advance

 The other top name in this section was Ran Hong, and she had a tense and close match up against rookie Seon Hwa Lee 2.  Although Lee’s ranking is still low, she has played fairly well so far in 2009, perhaps better than Hong.  Hong seemed in control when she went 2 up by the turn, but lost two straight holes with bogies to fall to all square.  Lee made a bogey after that, allowing Hong to recapture the lead, and Hong held on with pars the rest of the way to capture the 1 up win.

Also advancing in this group were Ae Ri Pyun, Honey Moon, Jung Eun Lee 5 and Anna Oh.

Main Results
#2 Ha Neul Kim loses to #63 Hyun Joo Lee 1 up
#7 Ran Hong def. #58 Seon Hwa Lee 2 1 up (next: #26 Jung Eun Lee 5)

Quarter 4
He Yong Choi and Hye Young Kim were the top two seeds in this section.  Choi had a big battle on her hands against Eun Bi Jang.  They were all square after ten, but Choi won the next two holes to go 2 up.  Jang cut the lead to 1, and they were that way until 18, when Choi made some big mistakes to make a 6.  Fortunately for her, Jang made a 7, and Choi limped off with the 2 up win.

He Yong Choi in round one

He Yong Choi in round one

Meanwhile, Hye Youn Kim had to deal with former LPGA player Aram Cho.  At one point, Cho made 4 straight bogies, and Kim made it to 2 up.  She held onto that lead and won 2 & 1.

Among other notable results, #11 Bobea Park was ousted by #54 rookie Soo Hwa Jang 3 & 2, #22 Il Hee Lee advanced 2 up over #43 Da Som Lee, and #30 Hye In Lee advanced 3 & 2 over #35 Mi Ji Pak.

Main results:
#3 He Yong Choi def. #62 Eun Bi Jang 2 up (next: #30 Hye In Lee)
#6 Hye Youn Kim def. #59 Aram Cho 2 & 1 (next: #27 Son Wook Lim)

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