Posted by: happyfan08 | October 22, 2009

KLPGA: 2009 KB Star Tour Grand Finale Rd 1

This week’s KLPGA event is the third and final KB Star Tour event of the year, and also the final Major of the season.  Hee Kyung Seo has won two of the three Majors on tour this year and is looking to add a third to her resume.  If she does it, she will capture a huge lead in the Player of the Year standings with just a few events to go.  Meanwhile, several LPGA stars are guest starring, including Inbee Park.  Also in the field are several amateur stars, including the two ladies who made a splash last week, Hana Jang and Hyo Joo Kim.

Hee Kyung Seo

Hee Kyung Seo

Well, don’t look now, but Hana Jang is at it again!  The teenage prodigy notched an impressive third place finish at last week’s Major, the Hite Cup.  This week she started with a 6 under par 66, consisting of seven birdies and a lone bogey, to capture the first round lead.  14 year old Hyo Joo Kim didn’t do too badly, either; she shot a 69 and is tied for fifth at the moment.  Could we see an amateur capture the crown?

Hana Jang

Hana Jang

Hee Kyung Seo had a solid start to her week, shooting a 69 of her own, while her arch rival So Yeon Ryu shot a 71.  Seo’s fellow Supermodel of the Fairway, Ha Neul Kim, shot a 68 and is in fourth place at the moment.

Hee Kyung Seo and So Yeon Ryu

Hee Kyung Seo and So Yeon Ryu

The Rookie of the Year race is also heating up, with two of the top contenders both doing well in round one.  Shin Ae Ahn shot a 67 and is one shot behind Jang, while Soo Jin Yang shot a 69.

Top rookies Soo Jin Yang and Shin Ae Ahn

Top rookies Soo Jin Yang and Shin Ae Ahn

Meanwhile, the LPGA players in the field didn’t do quite as well, although Inbee Park and Kyeong Bae both shot even par rounds and now sit six shots behind Jang.

This one’s a four rounder, so we have a lot of action to go before the tournament is over!

Scores:
1. Hana Jang (A) 66 -6
2. Shin Ae Ahn (R) 67 -5
Yuna Park 67 -5
4. Ha Neul Kim 68 -4
5. Sul Ah Yoon 69 -3
Eun Kyung Lee 69 -3
Hee Kyung Seo 69 -3
Soo Young Moon 69 -3
Soo Jin Yang (R) 69 -3
Hyo Joo Kim (A) 69 -3
He Yong Choi 69 -3
Ye Song Lee 69 -3
Bo Mee Lee 69 -3

Notables:
14. Bo Kyung Kim 70 -2
Young Ran Jo 70 -2
24. So Yeon Ryu 71 -1
32. Inbee Park 72 Even
Hye In Lee 72 Even
Kyeong Bae 72 Even
Sun Ju Ahn 72 Even
Hyun Hee Moon 72 Even
47. Il Hee Lee 73 +1
Seon Hwa Lee 2 (R) 73 +1
Ji Na Lim 73 +1
62. Ran Hong 74 +2
72. HJ Choi 75 +3
Jung Eun Lee 5 75 +3
82. Aram Cho 76 +4
90. Bobea Park 78 +6

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