Posted by: happyfan08 | August 21, 2009

KLPGA: Nefs Masterpiece Rd 1

This week’s KLPGA event is a new one on tour: the Nefs Masterpiece.  It takes place from August 21 – 23rd on Cheju Island.  Nefs is a new sponsor on tour, primarily known up to now for sponsoring rookie star Soo Jin Yang.

The big story coming into the event has been So Yeon Ryu.  The second year player has vaulted to the top of the tour thanks to three straight wins and four wins in her last five starts.  She was looking to become the first player in nearly thirty years to win four straight.  The record for most conseuctive wins is held by Ok Hee Ku, who won seven straight from later 1979 to early 1981.  That record will be hard to touch, but you can rest assured that Ryu was looking to get that fourth win to get closer.

So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon Ryu

She would have a lot of competition.  Since the LPGA was taking the week off to contest the Solheim Cup, several LPGA stars were in the field.  Among them are 2008 US Women’s Open champ Inbee Park, tour winner Ji Young Oh, and top players Song Hee Kim, Kyeong Bae and Vicky Hurst.  In addition, all the usual KLPGA stars would be teeing it up.

Some of the top players in the field this week

Some of the top players in the field this week

Ryu had a so so start to the week, carding an even par 72 to sit six shots out of the lead.  That lead was 66, shot by two players.  Sun Ju Ahn, who also led after the first round last week, was joined at the top by LPGA player HJ Choi.

Sun Ju Ahn in round one

Sun Ju Ahn in round one

Choi, however, was the only LPGA star in the top ten.  The next best finish was Bae, who shot a 70 and was tied for 13th.  Ji Young Oh and Inbee Park shot 71s.  Song Hee Kim was doing great at 3 under until a triple bogey 8 derailed her; she shot a 72.

Ji Young Oh

Ji Young Oh

Among the KLPGA stars, Hee Kyung Seo did well with a 70, and Ryu’s fellow top sophomore He Yong Choi joined her at even par.

Among the worst scores was turned in by teen rookie Vicky Hurst, who shot a dismal 77 to be in danger of missing the cut.  Hopefully she will rebound in round two.

Vicky Hurst

Vicky Hurst

Two more rounds to go, and Ryu has some work to do.  But history is still within her grasp if she can rise to the challenge!

Scores:
1. HJ Choi 66 -6
Sun Ju Ahn 66 -6
3. Jung Eun Lee 5 67 -5
Bo Kyung Kim 67 -5
5. Ji Na Lim 68 -4
Hye Jin Jung 68 -4
Bo Mi Lee 68 -4
Hyun Hwa Shim 68 -4
Bo Mi Kim 68 -4

Notables:
13. Aram Cho 70 -2
Soo Jin Yang (R) 70 -2
Hee Kyung Seo 70 -2
Kyeong Bae 70 -2
21. Il Hee Lee 71 -1
Ji Young Oh 71 -1
Soo Young Moon 71 -1
Inbee Park 71 -1
30. Seon Hwa Lee 2 (R) 72 Even
Hyun Hee Moon 72 Even
Ran Hong 72 Even
So Yeon Ryu 72 Even
He Yong Choi 72 Even
Song Hee Kim 72 Even
46. Hye Youn Kim 73 +1
Shin Ae Ahn (R) 73 +1
Bobea Park 73 +1
58. Joo Mi Kim 74 +2
Ha Neul Kim 74 +2
Jin Joo Hong 74 +2
93. Vicky Hurst 77 +5

108. Hye In Lee 84 +12

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Responses

  1. Vicky Hurst’s 77 was a little disappointing. She has missed the cut 3-4 times this year, but she has 5-6 top twenty-fives and is near the top fifty in earnings.

    I hope she turns it around and plays on the weekend. She’s a neat kid. I remember the difficult decision she had whether to play college golf or turn professional.

    Love the belt buckle bling. Anthony Kim has nothing on her.


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