Thursday, July 17, 2008

State Farm Classic – 1st Round

Christina Kim fired a 63 to lead by one shot at the LPGA State Farm Classic. Sun Young Yoo is in second place after her round of 64, Jee Young Lee and Kristy McPherson are tied for third after 65s, and five players including Yani Tseng are tied for fifth after rounds of 66.

Kim’s back-nine 30, which included an eagle at the par-5 16th, propelled her to the lead. Yoo tied an LPGA nine-hole record by playing her front nine (10-18) in -8 and was -9 through ten holes. Her bid for 59 stalled there as she bogeyed 4 and 8 before a birdie at 9. McPherson’s round was bogey-less while Lee overcame bogeys at 11 and 14. Other notable scores:

66 Ji Young Oh, Sherri Turner, Audra Burks, Anja Monke
67 Na Yeon Choi, Ai Miyazato, Michelle Wie, Jimin Kang
68 Michelle McGann, Jennifer Rosales, Katherine Hull
68 Jill McGill, Lisa Strom, Alena Sharp, Young-A Yang
69 Hee-Won Han, Stacy Prammanasudh, Diana D’Alessio
69 Pat Hurst, Russy Gulyanamitta, Karine Icher, Gloria Park
70 Jane Park, H.J. Choi, Angela Stanford, Brandie Burton
70 Shanshan Feng, Anna Rawson, Beth Bader, Sarah Kemp
71 Brittany Lang, Moira Dunn, Michele Redman, Kate Golden
72 Angela Park, Vicky Hurst, Stephanie Louden
72 Leta Lindley, Lorie Kane, Irene Cho, Hee Young Park
73 Shi Hyun Ahn, Dorothy Delasin, Wendy Ward, Il Mi Chung
74 Kelli Kuehne, Jimin Jeong, Karin Sjodin, Barb Mucha
75 Sherri Steinhauer, Taylor Leon, Reilley Rankin

The cut will be under par unless conditions drastically change. I’m expecting to see at least one article in the morning proclaiming Michelle Wie’s return to form. Anyone who writes such a piece ought to be required to mention the fine performances by Sherri Turner and Michelle McGann as well.


svenson said...

Thanks for the Michelle McGann mention. Great to see her near the top of the leaderboard again.

The Constructivist said...

Very cool to see the mix of vets and newbies at the top of the leaderboard, isn't it? Wonder who'll have staying power in the heat....

Gabe and Margy said...

I loved Christina's dis on her Solheim dis, in the post-round interview.