Posted by: happyfan08 | April 13, 2010

KLPGA: 2010 Lotte Mart Open Rd 1

This week’s KLPGA event is the Lotte Mart Open, which will take place over three rounds from April 14- 16th.  This event had a pretty controversial story last year, provided by Michelle Wie (Wie and controversy do seem to go together, don’t they?).  She had been invited to play on a sponsor’s exemption.  She was expected to play the pro-am with the CEO of Lotte Mart, but skipped it because she had not been allowed to bring her caddie along.  It’s illegal to bring your caddie to a pro-am on the KLPGA tour, since the tour wants the players to focus on the amateur partners and not the course during the pro-am.  Wie’s actions caused a big brouhaha, and she did not play very well during the actual event.  Needless to say, she was not invited back this year.

The eventual winner of the tournament was Hee Kyung Seo, her first win of 2009.  She is back to defend her title in 2010.  Joining her are a bunch of LPGA players, including Hee Young Park (playing with her younger sister Choo Young Park, who is a rookie on tour, in the field for the first time), Jee Young Lee, Jeong Jang, Kyeong Bae and Sun Young Yoo.

Hee Kyung Seo is the defending champ

Seo got off to a pretty good start, at least at first.  Through 14 holes she was 4 under par and in the lead, but suffered a punishing triple bogey 8 on the 15th hole and wound up with a 70 total.  This put her in a tie for 2nd place overall.

Brrr! Hee Kyung Seo during round one

Meanwhile, her rival So Yeon Ryu really struggled in round one, shooting a 75 to finish well down the field.  She will have to really bring her A-Game to climb back into contention over the final two rounds.

So Yeon Ryu in round 1

The first round leader was Hyun Joo Lee, who won a tournament last year.  She shot a 68 to take a two shot advantage.  Several interesting players tied for second with 70s, including Jeong Jang, returning from a wrist injury and hoping to get back into the winner’s circle.  Also at 2 under are second year star Soo Jin Yang and former LPGA player Sung Ah Yim among others.

Soo Jin Yang

Two more rounds to go!

Scores:

1. Hyun Joo Lee 68 -4
2. Sung Ah Yim 70 -2
Soo Jin Yang 70 -2
Jeong Jang 70 -2
Yoon Kyung Hur 70 -2
Ae Ri Pyun 70 -2
Hee Kyung Seo 70 -2

Notables:
8. Il Hee Lee 71 -1
13. Ha Neul Kim 72 Even
19. Kyeong Bae 73 +1
24. Bo Kyung Kim 74 +2
Soo Young Moon 74 +2
Shin Ae Ahn 74 +2
Bo Mi Suh 74 +2
Ran Hong 74 +2
Bo Mi Lee 74 +2
Jung Min Lee (R) 74 +2
36. Sun Young Yoo 75 +3
Ji Yeon Lee 75 +3
So Yeon Ryu 75 +3
Hee Young Park 75 +3
Seon Hwa Lee 2 75 +3
Aram Cho 75 +3
50. Jin Joo Hong 76 +4
Ji Na Lim 76 +4
Su A Kim 76 +4
60. Jee Young Lee 77 +5
71. Choo Young Park (R) 78 +6
80. Jung Eun Lee 5 79 +7
Hye In Lee 79 +7
95. HJ Choi 81 +9
98. He Yong Choi 82 +10
Hyun Hee Moon 82 +10

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