Posted by: happyfan08 | May 29, 2009

KLPGA: 2009 Hill State Seokyung Open Rd 1

The next event on the KLPGA schedule is the Hill State Seokyung Open, a three round stroke play event taking place between May 29 – 31st.  The defending champ is Ha Neul Kim.

This week, because of the recent tragedy of the suicide of former Korean PM Roh Moo Hyun, the participants in the tournament are wearing black ribbons in memory.  Here you can see several stars, including Ha Neul Kim and Hee Kyung Seo, receiving their ribbons.

Hee Kyung Seo (upper left) and Ha Neul Kim (upper left) wear ribbons in memory of Korean PM Roh Moo Hyun

Hee Kyung Seo (upper left) and Ha Neul Kim (upper left) wear ribbons in memory of Korean PM Roh Moo Hyun

One golfer, Chae Young Yoon, received a little attention by wearing her ribbon as part of her earring:

Chae Young Yoon wears a memorial ribbon as part of her earring

Chae Young Yoon wears a memorial ribbon as part of her earring

As for the tournament itself, perhaps it would have been expected that So Yeon Ryu and He Yong Choi would be a bit tired following their marathon tournament battle last week.  But Ryu, at least, was apparently still on cloud nine, for she had a great opening round.  She shot a 4 under par 68 to sit just a shot out of the lead.  Choi shot a 73.

So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon Ryu

The leaders after round one were former LPGA player Soo Young Moon and Hye Rim Kim, who both shot 67s.

1st round co-leader Hye Rim Kim

1st round co-leader Hye Rim Kim

Sun Ju Ahn also had a good start, shooting a 70, but Hee Kyung Seo and Ha Neul Kim both struggled a lot on day one.  Seo limped into the clubhouse with a 75, while defending champ Kim shot a punishing 79 to finish in danger of missing the cut.

Ha Neul Kim

Ha Neul Kim

Two more rounds to go!

Scores:
1. Hye Rim Kim 67 -5
Soo Young Moon 67 -5
3. So Yeon Ryu 68 -4
Hyun Joo Lee 68 -4
5. Chae Young Yoon 69 -3
Hye Jin Jung 69 -3
Yu Jin Ji 69 -3
Bo Bae Kim 69 -3
Bo Mi Suh 69 -3

Notables:
10. Sun Ju Ahn 70 -2
15. Bo Kyung Kim 71 -1
19. Hye Youn Kim  72 Even
Aram Cho 72 Even
Hyun Hee Moon 72 Even
Ae Ri Pyun 72 Even
32. Bobea Park 73 +1
He Yong Choi 73 +1
Seon Hwa Lee 2 73 +1
Il Hee Lee 73 +1
Ran Hong 73 +1
45. Anna Oh 74 +2
50. Young Ran Jo 75 +3
Hee Kyung Seo 75 +3
Ji Na Lim 75 +3
62. Hae Jung Kim 76 +4
82. Hye In Lee 78 +6
89. Chae Ah Oh 79 +7
Soo Jin Yang 79 +7
Ha Neul Kim 79 +7

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