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An Eagle by Kim Joo-mi, the Leader by One Shot in the First Round

An Eagle by Kim Joo-mi, the Leader by One Shot in the First Round

Posted October. 28, 2006 07:06,   


The leading group thickened, forecasting an intense game.

The only LPGA tour game held in Korea, the Kolon-Hana Bank Championship, began on October 27 at the Mauna Ocean Golf Club in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province.

Kim Joo-mi (Hite Beer), the champion of this season’s first LPGA competition, the SBS Open, hit one eagle and four birdies with no bogeys in the first round to rank in first place with 6-under 66.

Kim Joo-mi had been in a “slump,” making the Top 10 in only two of the 19 games she played in after winning the opening game. However, Kim finally has a shot at winning this game, helped by her eagle at the sixth hole (par 4) when her 60-yard second shot hit with a 60 degree wedge rolled into the cup.

Although Kim is at the top of the score board, last year’s champion Lee Ji-young (Hi Mart) is trailing by only one shot (5-under 67), and six players are tied for third place, threatening Kim’s position. Han Hee-won (Fila Korea), who is aiming for her third, and second consecutive, win this season including last week’s competition in Thailand, Hong Jin-joo (Lee Dong Soo Fashion), the “Pretty Golfer” of the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA), Jang Jeong (Industrial Bank of Korea), and Paula Creamer (Unites States) are right behind the leaders with 4-under.

Amateur national representative Heo Mi-jung (Daejeon Physical Education High School, second year student) showed great promise, ranking in ninth place with 3-under 69, along with Chung Il-mi (GIGA GOLF) and Sophie Gustafson (Sweden).

“Super Rookie” Shin Ji-ae (Hi Mart), who is dominating the KLPGA this year, is tied for 23rd place, hitting an even-par 72. The 2002 champion, Pak Se-ri, was in 42nd place with 2-over 74.