A field of 132 tees it up Friday at Mujuanseong CC, which appears to be in the sticks, south-central ROK. SBS Golf will have their usual 5 hours of each round at Noon local time. Shin Ae Ahn is still out, but has started making half-swings at the range.
Practice round - I have yet to see any pix of Yoon Kyung Heo or In Gee Chun. Heo does not seem to be in the field. Chun is, but I'm betting she's going to drop out to rest after her long run of tournaments.
Last Week's Winner Jin Young Ko
Bo Kyung Kim
Chae Eun Jung
Hye Youn Kim
Rookie Gyeol Park
Sung Woon Lee
w/ Loo Ri Lee
Loo Ri Lee
Min Sun Kim and Char Young Kim
Chae Young Yoon
Da Na Kang - man this girl looks a lot like Chae Young Yoon!
In Gee Chun has been playing a lot of golf lately. She had to drop out of the previous event she was in due to illness. She did not appear in any of the pre-event hype for this tournament to the point where I thought she might not even play.
But she did appear, and made the most of it. In the first round, she shot a brilliant 8 under par 64, finishing with three straight birdies to take a two shot lead.
A gaggle of players finished at 6 and 5 under par. At 6 under you have last week's winner, Jin Young Ko, who played the first round with Chun. Fellow tour winners Min Sun Kim, Chae Young Yoon and Bo Kyung Kim also finished there. It is a star studded leaderboard! Ko had a hole in one during her round.
Ko celebrates her ace
Two rounds to go! Who will get the trophy this time?
1. In Gee Chun 64 -8 2. Jin Young Ko, Min Sun Kim 5, Bo Kyung Kim, Chae Eun Jung 66 -6
Notables 7. Char Young Kim 67 -5 15. Hye Youn Kim, Sung Woon Lee, Ran Hong, Seon Hwa Lee 2 68 -4 28. Jin Joo Hong, Ji Hyun Oh, Seung Hyun Lee, Jung Min Lee69 -3 48. Da Na Kim, Shi Hyun Ahn 70 -2 83. Gyeol Park (R) 72 Even 94. Han Sul Ji (R) 73 +1 103. Je Yoon Yang 74 +2 Round 1 pix
In Gee Chun had another strong day on Saturday, shooting a 68 (six birdies, one double bogey) to move to 12 under par. She maintained her two stroke lead.
In second now is last year's rookie star Min Sun Kim, who moved to 10 under on the back of a 68. Jin Young Ko is at 8 under, good for 4th.
Min Sun Kim
Jin Young Ko
One more day!
1. In Gee Chun 68 -12 2. Min Sun Kim 5 68 -10 3. Ji Hyun Kim 2 67 -9 4. Jin Young Ko 70 -8 5. Bo Kyung Kim 71, Jung Min Lee 68, Yoo Rim Choi 69, Chae Eun Jung 71 -7
Notables: 9. Ran Hong 70, Seon Hwa Lee 2 70, Da Na Kim 68, Hye Youn Kim 70 -6 15. Chae Young Yoon 73 -5 19. Han Sul Ji (R) 67, Char Young Kim 73, Ji Hee Kim 73 -4 26. Ji Hyun Oh 72, Seung Hyun Lee 72 -3 37. Shi Hyun Ahn 72 -2 50. Jin Joo Hong 74 -1 71. Gyeol Park (R) 73, Sung Woon Lee 77 +1 114. Je Yoon Yang 76 +6
Round 2 pix
In Gee Chun
Flying Dumbo Fan Club and other Gallery on Saturday
Min Sun Kim is on fire right now, and In Gee just isn't bringing it; I just saw her miss a five foot birdie try. Kim is four up with three to play, so I'm going to call this one for the teenager and get some sleep!
In Gee had a slight lead after the turn, but made bogey on 10 while Kim ripped off four straight birdies.
I'll write a more detailed summary tomorrow! Nighty night!
PS - the KLPGA players are banding together to send relief to Nepal. Cool to see!