Watched JEL6 with the "truth club" (driver) on the range ... did some odd gripping and regripping before taking it back ... manager girl is here with a Korean guy ... now at the 1st tee w/ Kinhult and Henseleit, good luck.
Dame Laura hit her 2nd shot at the par-3 6th from the 2nd fairway, wth?! Can JEL6 fade her driver? I didn't see it on the range ... #1 and #2 were fade holes and she missed both left. Henseleit has flat backswing and roundhouse follow-through... missed 1st three fairways. Back to JEL6 ... found fw with UT at #4, but was long and left to the top of a mound with her approach ... delicate pop chip ran down to hole and she saved par. Now to #4 with a wide fairway slanted a little to the right, but later drops down to a valley on the far right for an ideal approach to the left! Again, Six overcooked the driver left into rough, but knocked it on for 2-putt. Aigoo, at #5 Six hit it into the first round bunker on the left ... a huge tree on left and the pin behind it forced her towards right side green ... made par, while the other two rolled in downtowners for birdie. Now it's getting bad ... par-6th has flag on right ... maybe Six tried a fade, but she hit weak flare to the right that was lucky to clear the brook ... made bogey. Sad to say, if this keeps up, she'll be out on the street Friday night.
Frida is a sound player, but she is really aggressive. She's in left rough at par-5 9th for her third with flag in front-left corner ... forget safety, she hit it 40 ft. over the stick ... made bogey. Not deterred, the par-4 10th is short with a sharp bend to the left and a massive overhanging tree at that corner ... hit fw or ut from tee. She hooked a bullet around that tree and I saw it take a bounce on the fairway, wow ... the other two played it to the right and were 40 yards behind. Kinhult pitched it close, but 2-putted. Esther botched #8 and #9 and looked shook-up going to #10. Six made par at #10. I left this group and The EMP showed up in the next group ... I didn't know she was here this week (w/ Haeji & Steen).
Looks like The Pink One dropped out, but was on the range this am ... her group just passed me at #14. Yu Liu just took vicious slash out of the fw rough ... it doesn't look that bad to me, but she's never been dainty about her game.
Now at 16th green and Haeji Kang had a brutal ball-below-feet bunker stance, but handled it with touch ... currently 3-under ... but, just missed a 6-footer, now 2-under. At par-3 17th, The EMP measured two club lengths of her ut behind the tees before hitting, now going down there to see if worked. Cool stuff - Steen used like a 5-wood to putt her ball onto the green - but, came up short and missed the par-saver. Kudos to The EMP who was pin-high and made 3-footer for birdie. That doesn't look like Dusty on her bag, I don't think he's following her today. Back to 17th green, Hyo Joon Jang chipped on, has a short putt to save. Standard bearer told me earlier she made some dubious decisions, causing her ÷6 score at that time ... made putt to stay at -5. Luna SG is -3 as they play #18 ... she has Mizuno Pro 225 irons.
Last out starting at #10 is chungchungkar and is playing with a Lu and a Liu. I'd like to think that Karen has a book on all the important courses in Northern NJ from her junior days ... we'll see. Still has the red Pat Perez(?) Boxing glove on driver. Speaking of NJ, why did Marina skip this one? She grew up not far away.
Chung group looks out of position ... as they're walking to par-5 14th tee, that green is already cleared. No officials around to nail them (I think), which is good ... they're playing bad enough as it is. Katie Lu(a) in Michigan St. duds hits the ball too low or not spinny enough ... three straight approaches rolled off the back. Yan Liu is a big strong player, but her ball can go anywhere. Karen not doing much to help herself ... had a long two-putt for eagle at #12, but settled for par. Putting has been a weakness when I've seen her in person and that hasn't changed.
Chung's group took one hour and forty-five minutes to play six holes .... multiply that by three, ouch! As they walked following their drives at #16, a rules guy drove past them without stopping to give them a polite prod. I gotta find some new players.
I joined up with the law firm of Yin, Yin & An starting at the par-5 14th. I thought An had some distance with the driver, but Ruoning blasted it past her by 25 yards ... maybe a mis-hit, as they were near each other at #16. Angel is longest in group, but not always straight. Back to Ruoning ... I didn't see any of her recent DIO win, but it wasn't all luck ... she fires through the hitting zone like Su Ji Kim and she's got the club twirl down pat. No. 14 is at least 520 and got there in two and two-putted. Now just made birdie at the par-3 15th. She's got some cuteness, too, but her outfits do her no justice.
At #17, Big Ryu dumped it into one of the cavernous bunkers on the left, but splashed it out to about a foot, made par ... nearly birdied #18, finished at -5. There's talk about her having or getting a new caddie recently ... maybe a communications problem? She could hire a monkey and it wouldn't stop her from winning the ROY award. Btw, Ryu and Gaby hit UTs at 18 and Ciganda outdrove both with an iron. Moved to par-5 9th ... with a breeze at her back, Penguin Princess tried for the green in two, but fell short into bunker area on left. Now down at the hash marks where Dr. Noh pumped it out to 303. She played 3w and carried it all the way to the flag on far left, but it could not have held the green. Partners Krauter and Fall have to play it as a 3-shotter. In next group, Meaw socked it 295, but layed up.
Waited for Manon De Roey, listed as longest driver on LPGA and she did not disappoint ... belted it to 306 on far right of fairway ... waiting for the green to clear ... just mashed a 3w, I think ... going up there now to see what happened. Oh man, downhill bunker shot from above the hole and she clipped the ball, sending into the bunker below the hole. Splashed it to three feet and made par. Btw, an old woman passed by me earlier ... I think it was Amy Alcott. The Chung group arrived at the 9th green ... they'll be a little over 5-hours when done. Good news, chungchungkar rolled in a bomb and got a big hand. On the way out, the old survivor Alison Walshe of Charlestown/North End was on the range hitting drivers ... talk about someone who owns her swing ... I'll be nice and leave it at that!