Posted by: happyfan08 | January 15, 2010

2009 Awards (5 of 12): Most Fashionable

Most Fashionable

And the Winner Is: Hee Kyung Seo

Hee Kyung Seo is called ‘the Supermodel of the Fairways’ not only for her looks, but for her style.  Check out a few of the cool outfits she wore this year on the course.

Hee Kyung Seo at the year's final Major

Hee Kyung at the Hite Cup

Hee Kyung at the Korean Women's Open

Hee Kyung Seo

Hee Kyung Seo

Other Nominees:

Hee Young Park

Hee Young Park had a great season on the LPGA tour, and she also stood out in the fashion sweepstakes as well.  Here are a couple of examples:

Hee Young Park at the HSBC Masters - the all Korean Girl

Hee Young Park at the US Women's Open

More from the US Open

Shin Ae Ahn

Shin Ae Ahn not only won the KLPGA’s Rookie of the Year award this season, she also made a big splash with her fashion sense.  Here are a couple of examples:

Shin Ae Ahn - the high knee socks is an 'in' look

Nice sleeves

Best Team Event Moment

And the Winner Is: Korea Dominates first round of Kyoraku Cup

The Korean Kyoraku Cup team after round one

The Kyoraku Cup is the annual grudge match that pits the top Korean women golfers against the top Japanese women golfers.  The last few years, there has been one draw, one cancellation due to weather, and one matchup that went into sudden death, with the Japanese women coming out on top.  The Korean squad was anxious to finally get the cup back for the first time in several years.

That would seem to have been difficult, however.  The Japanese ladies sent one of their best squads in years, highlighted by Ai Miyazato, who hadn’t played in the event since 2004.  Miyazato was not only having the best year of her career in 2009, she also would be playing in front of her hometown crowd in Okinawa.  The Koreans had a strong squad, too, featuring superstars like Jiyai Shin and Hee Kyung Seo.  But they were somewhat lacking in the experience department.  Shin had only won one match in four tries in her previous appearances; Eun Hee Ji and Na Yeon Choi, two other top Koreans, had also struggled in the past few years.  None of the four representatives from the KLPGA, including Seo and So Yeon Ryu, had ever hit so much as a single shot in the event before this year.  Would the Koreans be able to stop a top Japanese squad on their home soil with these limitations?

Jiyai Shin and Ai Miyazato

As it turned out, the Korean squad did better than anyone would have expected, especially in round one.  On that first day, they won a startling 10 of the 12 matches played; only KLPGAer Bo Mi Lee and JLPGAer Eun Ah Lim, both rookies at the event, failed to win their matches.  Among the most impressive victories were achieved by Eun Hee Ji, who took down Miyazato (read on!), and Bo Bae Song, who had not done well in this event in the past, but who won both her matches handily and would go on to claim the MVP award.

Other Nominees:

Hee Kyung Seo takes down Sakura Yokomine, Day One, Kyoraku Cup

Hee Kyung Seo and Sakura Yokomine

The most compelling matchup on day one of the Kyoraku Cup pitted Sakura Yokomine, the top player on the JLPGA with six wins in 2009, against Hee Kyung Seo, the KLPGA’s top gun, who had won five events in 2009 including three of four tour Majors.  What a baptism of fire for Seo, who had never played in the event before, to go against a player who had gained a reputation over the years for taking down the Korean golfers.  But Seo was brilliant, shooting a 68 to best Yokomine by two strokes.  Seo would win her second day match as well, further burnishing her reputation as the best Korean golfer not playing on the LPGA tour.

Eun Hee Ji beats Miyazato, round 1, Kyoraku Cup;

Eun Hee Ji at the Kyoraku Cup

Perhaps the toughest assignment on day one of the Kyoraku Cup went to Eun Hee Ji, who had to face favorite daughter of Okinawa (where the tournament was played) and top Japanese player Ai Miyazato.  Ji had won the US Women’s Open in July, but since then had not even been able to notch a single top ten.  Miyazato, meanwhile, had been on a roll; she was third on the LPGA’s 2009 money list, had won her first LPGA event at the Evian Masters and had been in contention almost every week since then.

But in the end it was Ji who came out on top, beating Miyazato 70-72, in the process quelling a possible Japanese rally following the early Korean success of day one.  It was the first point Ji had ever earned in this competition.

Best Playoff

And the Winner Is: So Yeon Ryu beats He Yong Choi in nine extra holes at the Doosan Match Play

See ‘Best Korean Confrontation’ for more details about this epic match.

Other Nominees:

Shin beats Sun Young Yoo and Angela Stanford at the P & G by making two straight birdies

MJ Hur beats Suzann Pettersen and Michelle Redman in two holes at Safeway Classic

Shot of the Year

And the Winner Is: Eun Hee Ji makes 20 foot birdie on final hole of US Women’s Open

Eun Hee Ji wins the US Women's Open

The story of this shot is not just the final putt, which was truly amazing in and of itself, but the way Ji played on the entire back nine on Sunday.  Tied for the lead when she got to the tenth hole, Ji made a mess of things there.  She hit her second shot into a bunker, duffed her third shot into another bunker, and missed a short bogey save for double bogey.  A similar adventure had killed Paula Creamer’s chances to win on Saturday, but Ji proved more resilient.  She made birdie on 13 with a great approach to a few feet, then drilled another lengthy putt for another birdie on 14.  When Candie Kung made a late bogey to fall to one over, a tie with Ji, Eun Hee now was in a position to possibly win the tournament outright.  On the 18th hole, she left herself a 20 foot putt for birdie to win it all.  Going for it was a bit of a risk; if she hit it too far, she might make it impossible to make the comeback par that would get her into a playoff with Kung.  Nonetheless, Ji went for it all the way and hit the perfect putt. It followed the break like a laser, dropping into the hole for the amazing comeback victory.

Other Nominees:

 Ji Young Oh makes a hole in one on day one of the Sybase

Ji Young Oh makes a hole in one at the Sybase

After Ji Young Oh made the aforementioned hole in one, she became convinced that she was destined to win the tournament.  And she played like it, maintaining her cool despite pressure from others, going two under on the front nine on the final day and making pars most of the back nine to collect a four stroke win over Suzann Pettersen.

Kyeong Bae makes a hole in one at the KLPGA Championship

Bae was one of the LPGA stars invited to play in this year’s KLPGA Championship.  She made the most of it, draining a hole in one during the week to win a BMW 750i.  The car was worth 180,000,000 won ($154,000); the winner of the tournament, meanwhile, won only 60,000,000 won!

Most Dramatic Hole

And the Winner Is: Final hole, US Women’s Open

See ‘Shot of the Year’ for more details!

Other nominees:

18th Hole, P & G Beauty NW Arkansas Classic

See ‘Best Korean Confrontation’ for more details!

16th hole, Sunday, at final Michelob Ultra

This hole was dramatic for all the wrong reasons!  Coming into this hole on Sunday, both Song Hee Kim and In Kyung Kim were well in position to win this lucrative event.  But both players made crucial mistakes here that killed their chances to win and handed the tournament to Cristie Kerr. 

In Kyung Kim

Song Hee pulled her approach shot; perhaps she was being too aggressive on this tough hole and paid the price.  She then hit a lousy chip over the green and two putted for double bogey.  In Kyung, her playing partner, took three shots to get on the green, but missed a makeable par save to drop back.  When Kerr made a birdie a hole back moments later, she took the lead for good.

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Responses

  1. These Korean golf ladies really know how to dress. They do not only play good golf, they all look so pretty & elegant.


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