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Lee Mi-na Swings Her Way to Shared Lead

Posted October. 20, 2007 03:11,   


Trouble-shots abounded and just about themed the first round of the LPGA’s Hana Bank-Kolon Championships, that were held at the Mauna Ocean Golf Club (par 72), Gyeongju.

Lorena Ochoa (Mexico), the top-ranked player and the winner of seven LPGA events this year, saw her 15th hole (par 3) tee shot veer off course and end up in the hazards. Thus forced to hit the ensuing shot in a stance hardly seeming plausible, Ochoa came within inches of the cup and saved par. Subsequent rounds with similar dilemmas brought out the best redemptive adjustment from Ochoa to attest to her status as the world’s best.

Grouped with Ochoa, Pak Se-ri (C.J.) led the competition with a 2-under-par through the 16th hole, but a double-bogey on the 17th triggered her fall. While in the rough, Pak made the mistake of picking up her ball and was given a two-stroke penalty.

Neither Ochoa nor Pak pulled off significant turnarounds and finished the competition tied in seventh place (even, 72).

Meanwhile, Lee Mi-na (KTF), a contributing writer for Dong-A Ilbo, showcased a precision that persisted through all 16 holes and shares the lead with the world’s No. 2 player, Suzann Pettersen (Norway).

Currently atop the Korean Tour rankings, Shin Ji-ae (Hi-Mart) performed a 1-over-par, 73-stroke finish and currently shares 13th place.