Posted by: happyfan08 | October 15, 2010

2010 Hite Cup Championship Rd 3

Saturday’s Round 3 of the Hite Cup proved a bit easier for the golfers than the windy conditions of round 2 had been.  At the start of the day, only three golfers were under par, all of whom were relatively unknown.  All three struggled on day three, though one of them, Hyun Hwa Shim, was still near the top of the leaderboard by the end of the day.

One superstar, however, took advantage of the more benign conditions to make a massive move.  That golfer was the winner of the year’s first Major, the Korean Women’s Open: Soo Jin Yang.  To put it simply, Yang was on fire, especially on the front nine, where she had a birdie on 2, then proceeded to birdie holes 4 – 9 for a six birdie streak and a 29 on her front nine.  At one point her ball striking was so precise that she hit the flag on her tee shot, and had to turn to her caddie and laugh about it.  The back nine was not as good for her, but she still carded a 6 under par 66 total, easily the best score of the entire week, to move to 1 under.  At the end of the day, that would put her in second place.

Soo Jin Yang

So Yeon Ryu has stayed near the lead all week, but has not been able to actually grab the lead just yet.  She didn’t do it on Saturday, either, although after a lackluster one over par front nine, she had birdies on three of the next four holes to move to 2 under.  Unfortunately for her, she three putted on the final hole from 18 feet (lipping out her par save), which dropped her to even par total in the end.  But that’s only two shots out of the lead, tied for third.  This may be Ryu’s best chance all year to at last get her first win in 2010.

The leader, at 2 under total, is Soo Hwa Jang, another relatively unknown golfer.  She shot a 69 on day three.

Soo Hwa Jang

Besides Yang and Ryu, Jang has several more stars breathing down her neck.  Bo Mee Lee is at 1 over total, three back.  Song Hee Kim was at even most of the day but made a double bogey on 16 and ended up at 2 over.  Sun Young Yoo is also at that level.

Song Hee Kim

Then there’s Se Ri Pak.  Pak had her first under par round of the week, a 71, and now is in 12th, her best position all week.  She is still 6 shots back, but more than capable of taking this if the stars align.

One more day.  Will one of the bright stars hovering near the lead get the title?

Scores:
1. Soo Hwa Jang 73-72-69 -2
2. Soo Jin Yang 73-76-66 -1
3. So Yeon Ryu 70-74-72 Even
Hyun Hwa Shim 69-73-74 Even
Hye Youn Kim 70-74-72 Even

Notables:
6. Jung Eun Lee 5 72-75-70 +1
Bo Mee Lee 71-75-71 +1
8. Sun Young Yoo 75-70-73 +2
Song Hee Kim 74-70-74 +2
11. Yoon Ji Cho (R) 72-75-72 +3
12. Se Ri Pak 75-74-71 +4
16. Kyeong Bae 72-75-74 +5
Hee Kyung Seo 69-78-74 +5
He Yong Choi 68-79-74 +5
22. Ran Hong 73-80-69 +6
Mi Jeong Jeon 68-82-72 +6
28. Hye Jung Choi 68-85-71 +8
Shin Ae Ahn 70-81-73 +8
Ha Neul Kim 72-78-74 +8
36. Soo Yun Kang 74-74-77 +9
Ji Na Lim 69-82-74 +9
49. Hyun Hee Moon 76-74-77 +11
55. Joo Mi Kim 76-77-76 +13
58. Jin Joo Hong 78-75-78 +15

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Responses

  1. Someone told me the Koreans are taking over the world, I thought he was crazy, maybe he isn’t after all.


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