Posted by: happyfan08 | January 7, 2014

2013 SeoulSisters Awards (4 of 6): Most Fashionable + Round of the Year

Most Fashionable

And the Winner Is: Je Yoon Yang

The Korean ladies are not only great golfers, they are also stars in their fashion choices on the fairways.  In fact, each year the KLPGA gives out a ‘Best Dresser’ award at its yearly awards banquet, chosen by the fans.  You can bet there are many golfers on that tour dying to grab that accolade.

The past few years, KLPGA star Ha Neul Kim has dominated our Best Dresser award.  I could easily give it to her again this year: her clothes seem to me to present a perfect mix of athletic, beautiful and fashion forward.  But for the sake of variety, I’ve decided to look elsewhere this year.  Still, we tip our caps to Ha Neul and her continued sense of style!

Ha Neul at the Hanwha

Major Fashion at the Hite Cup

Ha Neul chips at the ADT CAPS

The Best Dresser on the KLPGA tour this year, as voted by the fans, was Soo Jin Yang.  Soo Jin’s style is definitely a bit more out there.  When it works, she can look quite good.

Soo Jin Yang

Soo Jin at the year’s fourth Major

At the Korean Women’s Open, where, as a former champ, she got a courtesy car for the week

But in my opinion, her look is sometimes a bit too outré to really work on most fairways.  It’s always fun to see what she is going to wear, but too often it’s not ‘golf’ enough.

One of Soo Jin’s wilder outfits. Seussical!

The hat is wild!

Hard to top this one!

Another popular player is Shin Ae Ahn.  Ahn’s look tends to emphasize the sexy side of the equation.  That works to a degree, and certainly male fans don’t complain, but I think the ideal look is a bit more demure.  Still, far be it from me to pass up more hits on my blog, so here are a few samples of Miss Ahn’s outfits.

Go For It! Not sure the ‘words on the derriere’ look really works for the golf course.

Is this look pushing the envelope a bit too much?

Shin Ae generates a lot of controversy for the briefness of her skirts/skorts, as seen here.

On the LPGA, I think the player who does fashion the best is So Yeon Ryu.  Consider this an honorable mention for this award.  Here are some samples.

Dramatic black and white top from the JLPGA’s Salonpas Cup

Ryu was on a roll at the Salonpas Cup. Here’s another nifty look.

So Yeon shot a blistering 65 in the final round of the Nabisco, and wore this nifty outfit while doing it!

So Yeon lost the Hanwha Classic, but this black and red outfit was a winner.

My Fashion Star for 2013 is the KLPGA’s Je Yoon Yang.  She isn’t as out there as Soo Jin Yang, as sexy as Ahn or as consistently fashionable as Ha Neul, but her look just works for her, and I find her to be quite striking when she picks the right outfit, which is often.  So, congratulations to Je Yoon Yang for the Seoul Sisters Best Dresser award!

Jumping to get a look at her shot. Love the socks!

Candid shot of Je Yoon from last May

Green is a great look on her

From the EDaily

This yellow patterned skirt is really cool

Basic black and white

Even when freezing she pulled together a compelling look

From the Swinging Skirts in Taiwan

Round of the Year

And the Winner Is: Ha Na Jang, round 4, Hite Cup

Ha Na Jang destroyed the field at the year’s third KLPGA Major

In 2009, Ha Na Jang was a teenage amateur star who challenged the KLPGA top guns at two Majors.  The first one of these was the Hite Cup, where Hee Kyung Seo prevented her from possibly getting the win.

Jump ahead four years, and Jang was now a big star on the KLPGA and Seo was a visiting player from the LPGA.  After three rounds, they were tied for the lead at the Hite Cup and played together in the final round.

Seo got close several times in 2013 but couldn’t get the win

This time, Jang left nothing to chance.  She holed out for eagle on hole three, then followed that with one of the most blistering displays of golf all year.  She made birdie on six of the next seven holes, while Seo played basically even par golf until a double on 10.  By that time, Jang had increased her lead from nothing to ten strokes.  The win was a foregone conclusion after that.

Honorable Mentions:

Na Yeon Choi, 67 at British Open, round 2

Na Yeon Choi shot a 67 at St. Andrews in the worst weather of the day, a performance perhaps just as amazing as her great third round that led to her US Women’s Open win in 2012.  Indeed, her British score was almost as many strokes better than the average score in those conditions as her unreal round from last year.

Mirim Lee shoots 61, round 3, Q-School

Mirim Lee celebrates her win at the EDaily on the KLPGA early in 2013

Mirim Lee was soundly thrashed at LPGA Q-School by Jaye Marie Green, who produced a 29 under par total en route to a ten stroke ‘win’ at that event.  But Lee finished second there at 19 under, and easily earned her tour card for 2014.  In the process, she shot a third round 61, which beat Green’s 62 for round of the week.  It was also the lowest score ever shot at Qualifying School, according to the LPGA’s website.  Nifty!

In Gee Chun, final round, Korean Women’s Open

In Gee Chun from June

In Gee Chun was fast establishing herself as the only rookie capable of challenging Hyo Joo Kim for the KLPGA’s Rookie of the Year award.  The two teen stars were paired together in the final round of the Korean Women’s Open.  Kim struggled, Chun was in position to win, but the player who seemed ready to capture the title was 20-year-old So Yeon Park, who established a several shot lead on the front nine and held onto it tenuously.

For 14 holes, Chun played steadily, but starting on 15, she made her move.  She made four straight birdies to end her week, catching and passing Park on the last one to win the Major title by a shot.  She would push Kim for the top Rookie title the rest of the year.

Hee Young Park,  61, 3rd round at Manulife

Hee Young Park from March

Hee Young Park had a lot of ‘Rocket’ moments at the Manulife, but her third round 61 might have been the greatest.  It was not only the lowest round of her career, but the lowest a Sister achieved on the LPGA tour in 2013.

Lydia Ko mega low at Aussie Open round 1

Playing with world #1 Ya Ni Tseng in round 1, Ko electrified the crowd by producing a 10 under par 63 to take the lead.  She ended up finishing third.

Ha Neul Kim at MBN runs up leaderboard, catches and blows away competition.

Ha Neul en route to her only win of 2013

Ha Neul Kim had an unusually weak start to her KLPGA season in 2013.  Coming off two straight years as the leading money winner on tour, she suddenly found herself outside of the top ten week after week.  During the tour’s summer break, she played the US Women’s Open, where she led after the first round and ended up tied for 25th, a great performance.  This seemed to reenergize Kim, and when she return to action in Korea in late summer, her great game returned with her.

Kim got her only win of the season at the MBN Kim Young Joo Golf Women’s Open in late August.  Ha Neul played steadily in this low scoring affair, and after three rounds was four shots behind leader Sei Young Kim.  But she started the fourth round on an incredible tear, making birdie on 7 of her first 12 holes, knocking it stiff time after time.  By the time that stretch was done, she was well in the lead, and despite a late challenge from Hyo Joo Kim, went on to win the tournament.

Inbee round 1, Swinging Skirts

Inbee returned to her early season form in her last few events of the year.  At her final event of 2013, she shot a 9 under par 63 in round 1 to take a lead, but struggled a bit after that and wound up third.  Still, it was one of her best rounds of the year.

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