Friday, June 26, 2009

Futures Tour Horseshoe Casino Classic Friday: Harigae Drops 65 on Field

Mina Harigae fired a bogey-free 65 today at the Futures Tour's Horseshoe Casino Classic to take the lead among the early groups. But Jean Reynolds, who trails Harigae by less than $4000 on the money list, has already birdied 3 of her 1st 4 holes to pull into a tie for 3rd at the moment. Further down the leaderboard, Tiffany Joh got her 1st birdie of the day on the par-5 16th to fight back to +1 (T43 right now). As long as play is suspended at the Wegmans, I'll update this post every so often.

[Update 1 (3:38 pm): Well, dang it, they just started play again at the Wegmans! While the girls are sleeping, I'll do some double not-quite-live-blogging, then.]

[Update 2 (4:03 pm): Reynolds is now -4 through 6.]

[Update 3 (4:11 pm): Joh finished with 2 pars for a 73. Beth Ann Baldry has a nice little piece on Harigae that gets into the specifics of what a 3rd win on tour would mean, in terms of the battlefield promotion rule new this season for entry into LPGA events.]

[Update 4 (4:25 pm): Had never heard of Christina Jones, who shot a 68 today. Well, she's never made a cut or even broken 75 in her 7 previous events as a rookie this season, so there's a reason for that.]

[Update 5 (11:18 pm): Whoops, fell asleep and then got caught up in LPGA blogging. Here's how they finished the 1st round. Joh ended up tied with Pernilla Lindberg and Alison Walshe, in the pile-up at T40. Reynolds couldn't sustain her pace and ended up with a 69 (T5), only 1 shot better than Misun Cho, who came back for a 70 (T9). Hound Dog will be disappointed to hear that lefty Malinda Johnson had to withdraw with an injury. Lisa Mickey has the story on Harigae's record-setting round.]

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