Posted by: happyfan08 | September 6, 2009

KLPGA: KB Star Tour #2 Rd 3

The top three players on the KLPGA tour — So Yeon Ryu, Hee Kyung Seo and Sun Ju Ahn — were all lined up behind unknown Min Ji Song as the final round started on Sunday.  Could the young player possibly beat that talented trio to take her first title?

As it turned out, Song would have even more to worry about than that.  The third player in the final group, Bo Bae Kim, would also have a great day.  And yet another top KLPGA star would take a run at all of them from back in the pack.

That fourth star was Ha Neul Kim.  Kim started the day at 6 under, 6 shots behind Song, but launched a great rally in order to win.  In 2008, Ha Neul had won three tournaments and finished third on the money list.  It looked like the beginning of a great career for her.  But she has struggled in 2009, rarely contending.

Ha Neul Kim

Ha Neul Kim

Kim started her day with three birdies in her first four holes.  She would go out in 4 under 33 to move to 10 under.  She continued to apply the pressure on the back nine.  In all, she made a stunning nine birdies and two bogies to shoot a blistering 7 under par 66.  She sat in the clubhouse at 13 under and waited to see if that would be enough on this day.

Ha Neul Kim

Ha Neul Kim

Meanhile, the players in the final groups were working hard to keep up with Kim.  Hee Kyung Seo shot a one over par 38, So Yeon Ryu was 2 under to move to 12 under total, and Sun Ju Ahn got to 13 under on her front nine.  Min Ji Song was even par over that stretch and got to 12 under total.  So the leaderboard was bunched with stars, all of whom had a shot at the prize.

Min Ji Song

Min Ji Song

Hee Kyung Seo made three more birdies and a bogey on the back nine to finish at 10 under.  A noble effort, but not enough to topple Kim.  Ryu also found the birdie well drying up on the back, and she went even par on that stretch to finish at 12 under.  Ha Neul was still the clubhouse leader.

So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon Ryu

Which left the final group: Sun Ju Ahn, Bo Bae Kim and Min Ji Song.  Starting the back nine, Ahn was at 13 under, Song at 12 under and Kim at 11 under.  Kim would make two more birdies on the back to finish at 13 under, the same as Ha Neul Kim.  Ahn and Song both made birdie on 11, but then Ahn turned on the jets, making three straight birdies from 13-15 to move to 17 under.  By the time Song made her next birdie on 16, Ahn had a three shot lead over her and looked assured of her second win of 2009.

Sun Ju Ahn

Sun Ju Ahn

And that’s exactly what happened!  Sun Ju Ahn matched Ha Neul Kim with a 66 to produce a three shot win over Min Ji Song.  Song managed to beat So Yeon Ryu, Ha Neul Kim and Hee Kyng Seo, but she couldn’t beat all four of the superstars challenging her.

No hard feelings -- So Yeon Ryu and Ha Neul Kim douse the winner Sun Ju Ahn with champagne

No hard feelings -- So Yeon Ryu and Ha Neul Kim douse the winner Sun Ju Ahn with water

With the win, ‘Big Mama’ Sun Ju Ahn puts herself squarely in the competition for Player of the Year with Ryu and Seo.  Which one will come out on top in the end?  It seems to be anyone’s ball game!  Meanwhile, congratulations to Sun Ju Ahn on a great victory!

Sun Ju Ahn

Sun Ju Ahn

Scores:
1. Sun Ju Ahn 68-68-66 -17
2. Min Ji Song 67-67-71 -14
3. Ha Neul Kim 70-70-66 -13
Bo Bae Kim 71-65-70 -13
5. So Yeon Ryu 70-66-71 -12

Notables:
6. Hee Kyung Seo 69-68-72 -10
Jung Eun Lee 5 70-67-72 -10
10. Ji Na Lim 71-71-68 -9
13. Bo Kyung Kim 69-73-70 -8
15. Ran Hong 70-72-71 -6
22. Hyun Hee Moon 75-67-72 -5
25. Young Ran Jo 72-74-69 -4
Shin Ae Ahn (R) 69-69-77 -4
29. Bo Mee Lee 73-72-71 -3
Soo Young Moon 68-75-73 -3
33. He Yong Choi 75-71-71 -2
Hye Youn Kim 72-72-73 -2
46. Bobea Park 71-73-75 Even
51. Soo Jin Yang (R) 71-74-75 +1

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