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Koreans to Contend in LPGA Corning Classic

Posted May. 24, 2007 03:34,   


Korean female golfers collaborated on 11 wins last season, dominating the LPGA Tour. Their pace this season, however, has not been as smooth as last year. Although Kim Mi-hyun (KTF) got her first season win at the SemGroup Championship, the eighth tournament of the season, Lee Jee-young (Hi-Mart) and Sarah Lee (28, Korean name: Lee Jeong-yeon) managed to end up only as runners-up in the two following events.

The LPGA Corning Classic, scheduled for opening on May 25 (KST), is a great chance for Koreans to reap their second win. Winners of this tournament for the last two seasons were all Koreans: Kang Ji-min (CJ) in 2005, and Han Hee-won (Fila Korea) in 2006.

Lee Me-na (KTF) must be more ambitious than anyone else for this tournament, since she had taken second place in 2005 when she was a rookie and finished second once again last year after losing a playoff hole clash.

Another advantage is that a large group of high-ranking golfers are skipping this tournament. Lorena Ochoa (Mexico), Suzann Pettersen (Norway), Brittany Lincicome (USA), Stacy Prammanasudh (USA) and Morgan Pressel (USA), the top five players on the money list, have all decided not to take part in this event. Likewise, Lee Jee-young and Sarah Lee, sixth and seventh respectively, will not participate, either.

2005 champion Kang Ji-min as well as Lee Seon-hwa (CJ), Grace Park (Nike Golf, Park Ji-eun), Ahn Shi-hyun, and Kyeong Bae (CJ, Bae Kyeong-eun) will compete for the trophy. Kim Mi-hyun has also announced her decision to take part in the tournament, which will be her seventh in a row, in order to try and add another win to her season stats.