Friday, October 30, 2009

Hana Bank/KOLON Championship Friday: Grzebien and Francella the Surprise Pace-Setters

Getting onechan's guaranteed-to-keep-you-up-all-night cough is one thing; finding out she's brought head lice home from school is another. While I'm waiting for the fourth-to-last load of laundry to get out of the dryer, I have a little time to give you the results of the 1st round of the Hana Bank/KOLON Championship. In honor of Hound Dog, who's still in the "stepping away" phase of his triumpant return to LPGA blogging, I'll do this one doggy-style.

An unlikely pair top the leaderboard at -6; Anna Grzebien made 2 birdies on the front and 4 on the back, while Meaghan Francella started with 1 late on the back, added 1 at the turn onto the front, and then made 4 in a row late in her round. Even with these bogey-free performances, Grzebien and Francella take only a 1-shot lead into the 2nd round. Ji-Yai Shin, Jimin Kang, and Bo-Kyung Kim's 67s were bogey-free, while Catriona Matthew and Pat Hurst made 6 birdies in their rounds, and Vicky Hurst offset 2 of her 3 bogeys on the day with a hole-in-one on the 12th hole that sparked her to a 31 on the back. Meanwhile, the KLPGA's top gun, Hee Kyung Seo, made 2 bogeys in her last 5 holes to fall back to a 70, but was still in much better position than world #1 Lorena Ochoa, whose walkoff birdie--her 1st of the day--salvaged a 73 for her. Here's how the rest of the leaders and notables stand heading into the weekend:

68 Na Yeon Choi, Maria Hjorth
69 Ya Ni Tseng, Hee-Won Han, Song-Hee Kim, Christina Kim, Meena Lee
70 Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Morgan Pressel, Anna Nordqvist
70 Seon Hwa Lee, Jee Young Lee, Eun-Hee Ji, Inbee Park
70 Ji Young Oh, Amy Yang, Momoko Ueda, Lindsey Wright
70 Hee Kyung Seo, Ha Neul Kim, Ran Hong, Soo-Yun Kang
71 So Yeon Ryu, Hye Yong Choi, Stacy Lewis, M.J. Hur, Mika Miyazato
71 Katherine Hull, Karine Icher, Young Kim, Sandra Gal
72 Paula Creamer, In-Kyung Kim, Hee Young Park, Hyun-Hee Moon
73 Lorena Ochoa, Brittany Lang, Teresa Lu, Angela Park, Eunjung Yi
73 Sun Ju Ahn, Bo Mi Lee, Simin Feng
74 Sun Young Yoo, Shi Hyun Ahn, Jennifer Song
75 Sophie Gustafson, Jin Joo Hong
76 Candie Kung, Joo Mi Kim
77 Hye Jung Choi
78 Nicole Castrale


Anonymous said...

Con - you're going to have to have a talk with your little girl and explain good hobbies vs bad hobbies and get her a new one. As good as she seems to be at bug collecting, she needs to concentrate on bigger ones like butterflies and grasshoppers for the time until she gets her own place. :-)

Thanks for the tournament update !

IceCat said...

Play was suspended for the 2nd round at around 1:45am EDT. I was watching the telecast online as it aired on ESPN Star Sports Taiwan: they were simulcasting MBC-ESPN but with a voiceover in English! It was raining pretty hard most of the time I was watching and when some of the greens became saturated they had to stop play. 16, where Ji Yai, NYC and Pat Hurst were when play was stopped, was especially waterlogged. The last shot I saw was Yani parring out on 18 to finish -4, tied for the clubhouse lead with Song-Hee and 2 shots behind NYC.

IceCat said...

Somehow they managed to finish the 2nd round, although well past the TV window. Here's hoping for better weather Sunday!


The Constructivist said...

u sd it!