This new event features one of the biggest purses on the KLPGA tour. The winner will receive 300 million won, and the total purse is 1.2 billion won.
In Gee Chun will be in the field, fresh off her triumph at the US Women's Open. She hasn't been able to back up a win with another win yet this season, and you gotta think she'll be pretty spent after all that happened in Pennsylvania, but I expect a rock star reception for her.
In round 2, Korean Women's Open winner Sung Hyun Park shot a 66 to move to 8 under and a tie for the lead. Also at 8 under after a 67 is top ten player Seon Woo Bae, who is still looking for her breakthrough win.
In Gee Chun rallied on day two, shooting a 69 in the morning to move to t-23rd. The press has been talking about how tired she looks, and indeed her usual pep is not quite present yet. But she certainly more than earned her sponsorship bucks last week, didn't she?
Jung Min Lee did not do so well, missing the cut after a 75.
Another interesting name on the leaderboard is Je Yoon Yang. The former Player of the Year has struggled mightily the past few years, but she has produced back to back 69s to start her week.
JLPGA invitee Soo Yun Kang is also in the hunt at 6 under total, tied for 4th.
Ha Neul Kim and Shin Ae Ahn also missed the cut.
Two more days!
Scores: 1. Sung Hyun Park 66, Seon Woo Bae 67 -8 3. Ji Na Lim 68 -7 4. Je Yoon Yang 69, Soo Yun Kang 68, Yoon Ji Cho 68, So Yi Kim 68 -6
Notables: 8. Min Young Lee 2 68, Sion Lee 71, Shi Hyun Ahn 70, Jin Joo Hong 69 -5 14. Song Yi Ahn 69, Char Young Kim 69, Min Sun Kim 5 68, Jin Young Ko 70, Yoon Kyung Heo 70 -4 23. Chae Eun Jung 70, In Gee Chun 69, Ji Hyun Oh 68, Chae Young Yoon 73 -3 32. Ji Hee Kim 69, Hee Kyung Seo 71 -2 38. Bo Kyung Kim 70, Han Sul Ji (R) 71 -1 55. Soo Jin Yang 72 Even
Missed Cut: 72. Hye Youn Kim 71 +1 86. Ha Neul Kim 72 +2 91. Ran Hong 70, Gyeol Park (R) 72, Shin Ae Ahn 73 +3 111. Jung Min Lee 75 +5
Seon Woo Bae, who has hovered around getting her first KLPGA win this season, shot a 3 under par 69 to move to 11 under and a one shot lead over Min Sun Kim.
Kim is trying for her second win of 2015.
Tied for third are three strong players: Yoon Kyung Heo, Yoon Ji Cho and Min Young Lee. None has managed a win yet in 2015.
In Gee Chun was hit with massive fatigue this day. She shot a listless 4 over par 76 and sunk to nearly the bottom of the leaderboard.
Hee Kyung Seo is down in 29th place, but Soo Yun Kang is only four back and still has a shot at the title.
One more day!
Scores: 1. Seon Woo Bae 69 -11 2. Min Sun Kim 5 66 -10 3. Yoon Kyung Heo 67, Yoon Ji Cho 69, Min Young Lee 2 68 -9
Notables: 6. Ju Yeon In (R) 68, Hee Kyung Bae 69, Jin Joo Hong 69, Sung Hyun Park 72 -8 11. Soo Yun Kang 71 -7 15. Ji Hyun Oh 69 -6 18. Je Yoon Yang 73, Jin Young Ko 71, Sion Lee 72, Ji Na Lim 74 -5 25. Bo Kyung Kim 69, Jae Eun Jung 71, Char Young Kim 72 -4 39. Soo Jin Yang 70, Song Yi Ahn 74, Hee Kyung Seo 72, Ji Hee Kim 72 -2 48. Han Sul Ji (R) 72 -1 62. In Gee Chun 76 +1