So, the KLPGA season is over for another year, and that means it's time for -- more golf!
Yep, this week is the two-round Queen of Queens tournament. Not an official KLPGA event, it features 10 players who qualified for the field in a year-long competition.
The event will be shown on SBS Golf Channel starting on the 22nd at the JNJ Golf Resort (which is south of Kwangjoo in the southern part of the country). If I find another link for that channel, I'll let you know!
Here's the field:
(Top, L to R: Hyo Joo Kim, Yoon Kyung Heo, Jin Young Ko, Min Young Lee, Jung Min Lee. Bottom, L to R: In Gee Chun, Min Sun Kim, Su Yeon Jang, Seung Hyun Lee, Chae Young Yoon)
(Kyu Jung Baek, Ha Na Jang and Sei Young Kim are not there; Baek is playing the CME this week!)
This event is a bit tricky to report, both because the KLPGA does not publish a leaderboard and because players earn points for how they finish which are added on to the points they earned during the year, and that determines who is leading.
In round 1, Min Young Lee shot a 63, which earned her 1000 points for first place. Added onto the 880 points she already had coming in, she now has 1880 points and the lead.
Hyo Joo Kim shot a 65 but only managed second. She had 1000 points coming in and now stands second with 1850 points.
Here is the complete leaderboard as far as I can figure it:
1. Min Young Lee 63 1880 2. Hyo Joo Kim 65 1850 3. Jin Young Ko 66 1810 4. Yoon Kyung Heo 73 1710 5. Jung Min Lee 70 1670 6. In Gee Chun 70 1650 7. Seung Hyun Lee 70 1620 8. Min Sun Kim 5 72 1585 9. Su Yeon Jang 72 1580 10. Chae Young Yoon 72 1575
Min Young Lee won the Queen of Queens, with Hyo Joo Kim finishing second.
It wasn't easy. Lee had three birdies and four bogies on the day, but despite her mediocre round, she was able to hold off her challengers.
It came down to the final hole, with Hyo Joo Kim making a 3-putt bogey to fail to catch Lee for the win. They ended up thus both tying with 73s. Had Kim beaten Lee, it sounds like she would have squeaked out the overall win.
Kim with her runner-up trophy
Min Sun Kim shot a 66 for the best round of the day.
1. Min Young Lee 73 2655 2. Hyo Joo Kim 73 2625 3. Jin Young Ko 72 2610 4. Min Sun Kim 66 2585 5. Jung Min Lee 69 2570 6. Yoon Kyung Heo 70 2560 7. In Gee Chun 70 2500 8. Seung Hyun Lee 72 2420 9. Su Yeon Jang 73 2355 10. Chae Young Yoon 75 2335
Min Young Lee
Hyo Joo Kim
Min Sun Kim
Yoon Kyung Heo
Jin Young Ko
Jung Min Lee
w/ caddie and KLPGA player Hee Won Jung
In Gee Chun - two good days, no great ones, no win