When Min Jee Song (below) made her birdie putt at #18, the adjacent grandstand was completely empty, as was a large tent area near it. Interburgo CC is outside of Daegu, with an endless number of highrise housing units in the background. They're using two of the three nine-hole courses there and it's a par-73 because #9 is a par-6 of 778 yards! I dozed off quickly during the original broadcast, but will have to watch a replay later to see how many players go for it in three shots.
Min Ji Kim 5 shot a 5 under par 68 to take a two shot lead after the first round.
Jin Young Ko, a winner a couple of weeks ago, sits at 3 under, tied for second. Jin Joo Hong is also tied at that level.
Star player Yoon Kyung Heo is three back.
Jung Min Lee, however, struggled to a 77
Two more days!
1. Min Ji Kim 5 68 -5 2. Jin Joo Hong, Jin Young Ko, Jung Eun Lee 5, Seon Woo Bae 70 -3
Notables: 6. Da Na Kim, Yoon Kyung Heo 71 -2 15. Ran Hong, Char Young Kim, Ji Hyun Oh 72 -1 28. Min Sun Kim 5, Han Sul Ji (R) 73 Even 41. Gyeol Park (R), Ju Yeon In (R), Soo Jin Yang, Je Yoon Yang 74 +1 63. Chae Young Yoon, Hye Youn Kim 75 +2 82. Bo Kyung Kim 76 +3 94. Jung Min Lee 77 +4 119. Ji Hee Kim 80 +7
The scorecard on the KLPGA website says #9 is a par-6 of 778 yards. The website for Interburgo CC has an illustration indicating it's a downhill drive. There are five tee boxes ranging between 690 and 790 yards. It is a dead-straight hole. A satellite view shows a fairway bunker on the left about three-fourths of the way downrange. The green is completely flanked on the left side by sand. The nine-hole Mountain course is serving as the first nine holes of this event. The back nine is represented by the Valley Course.
Jin Young Ko is trying to take advantage of In Gee Chun's absence by claiming her second win of 2015. Ko finished second to Chun at the Samchully event, then won when Chun dropped out the following week. On Saturday she shot a 5 under par 68 to move to 8 under and a one shot lead.
Immediately behind her is Seon Woo Bae. Bae has hovered around leaderboards the past couple of years but has never won on tour.
Se Mi Jo is among those four back tied for third.
Yoon Kyung Heo is at 2 under, six back.
One more day!
1. Jin Young Ko 68 -8 2. Seon Woo Bae 69 -7 3. Se Mi Jo 71, Jung Eun Lee 5 72 -4 5. Young Jin Ji 68, Char Young Kim 71, Je Yoon Park 72, Sul Ah Yoon 72, Min Ji Kim 5 75 -3
Notables: 10. Ji Hyun Oh 72, Yoon Kyung Heo 73 -2 13. Ran Hong 73 -1 22. Chae Young Yoon 71, Da Na Kim 75 Even 34. Gyeol Park (R) 73 +1 48. Jung Min Lee 71, Min Sun Kim 5 75 +2 58. Bo Kyung Kim 73 +3
Cut: 66. Je Yoon Yang 76, Jin Joo Hong 80, Soo Jin Yang 76 +4 84. Sung Woon Lee 80, Ji Hee Kim 73 +6 97. Hye Youn Kim 79 +8
Round 3: Jin Young Ko Wins Second Time in Last Three Events
Jin Young Ko started the day in the lead, barely. For a little while, her biggest challenger was not Seon Woo Bae, who started the day one back, but Cecilia Cho, who took a big run at her from far back.
Cho came up short, though, winding up tied for third.
Seon Woo Bae shot a 72; not bad but not great.
Ko finally put the tournament out of reach by making birdies on 14 and 15. She shot a 70 and won by three shots.
This is Jin Young's third career win, and should lift her into the top spot on the tour money list. Given that In Gee Chun just got done winning a Japanese tour Major, she will be coming back to Korea looking forward to a battle with Ko for that top honor. Looking forward to a great rivalry to develop!
But for now, congratulations to Jin Young Ko on another great week!
1. Jin Young Ko 70 -11 2. Seon Woo Bae 72 -8 3. Cecilia Cho 68, Char Young Kim 70 -6 5. Chae Rin Yang 69 -5
6. Jung Eun Lee 5 73 -4 8. Ji Hyun Oh 72, Han Sul Ji (R) 70, Yoon Kyung Heo 72 -3 14. Da Na Kim 71, Gyeol Park (R) 70 -2 28. Ran Hong 74 Even 35. Min Sun Kim 5 72 +1 46. Jung Min Lee 73 +2 49. Bo Kyung Kim 73 +3 57. Chae Young Yoon 77 +4