Posted by: happyfan08 | December 17, 2009

KLPGA: 2010 Orient Ladies China Open Rd 1

The first event of the 2010 KLPGA season is in full swing, and the results seemed hauntingly familiar.  2009 Player of the Year Hee Kyung Seo did what everyone was expecting: play well.  She shot a 4 under 68 in round one, the only golfer in the sixties, to establish a two shot lead.  Seo finished second at this event last year, so she clearly likes playing in China.

Hee Kyung Seo

Just behind her tied for second are two more top KLPGA names. So Yeon Ryu finished second on the money list in 2009, and shot a 70 on this day (four birdies, two bogies) to keep the heat on arch-rival Seo.

So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon Ryu

Meanwhile, Jung Eun Lee, who finished fourth in the Player of the Year race in 2009, also shot a 70.  Three big stars all bunched up and ready to slug it out.

Jung Eun Lee

Defending champ He Yong Choi struggled to a 75, which left her tied for 30th, while top KLPGA star Ha Neul Kim shot a 76.  LPGA top five golfer Ya Ni Tseng from Taiwan produced a 75 as well.

Among the new rookies, the best result was turned in by Jimin Nam, who shot a 72 and is tied for 7th.

Two more days; who will take this first title of the new year?

Scores:
1. Hee Kyung Seo 68 -4
2. Hyun Hwa Shim 70 -2
So Yeon Ryu 70 -2
Jung Eun Lee 5 70 -2
5. Lee Ring Ye (China) 71 -1
Jang Hee Lee 71 -1
 
Notables:
7. Young Ran Jo 72 Even
Jimin Nam (R) 72 Even
11. Bo Mi Lee 73 +1
Il Hee Lee 73 +1
20. Ran Hong 74 +2
30. Yani Tseng 75 +3
Ji Na Lim 75 +3
He Yong Choi 75 +3
40. Ha Neul Kim 76 +4
Seon Hwa Lee 2 76 +4
53. Hye Youn Kim 77 +5
67. Aram Cho 78 +6
Yoon Ji Jo (R) 78 +6
Soo Jin Yang 78 +6
Bo Mi Suh 78 +6
88. Ga Na Lee 80 +8

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