Date: November 09, 2009
Author: Paul Melville

LET – KIM WINS KOREAN LADIES MASTERS IN PLAYOFF

(9 November 2009 – Jeju, South Korea)

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South Korean Hyun-Ji Kim, eventually defeated compatriots So-Yeon Ryu and Sarah Lee in a playoff to claim her first professional title at the Daishin Securities Tomato Tour Korean Ladies Masters on Jeju Island.  The three players finished level at 1-under par total 215 after a diabolical day weather-wise, but they could not complete the playoff and had to come back on Monday morning for Kim to be crowned the Champion.
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rnThe co-sanctioned event between the LET and Korean LPGA fought tough conditions all week and the players headed out to the tee on the final day facing strong winds and rain. Lee held the lead with Soo-Jin Yang at 3-under par heading to the first tee with four players at 2-under, including eventual winner, Kim. Yang began her final round brightly with a birdie and no bogeys through six holes but proceeded to reel off seven bogeys in successive holes to slide down the leaderboard. Ryu started her day at 1-over par and was the only player in the field to post a sub-par final round to reach the playoff mark of 1-under par. All three players who made the playoff birdied the par-5 18th to reach that mark.
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rnAfter two delays put the finish of the final round back closer to dark, the three players headed back to the 18th to try and settle things. All three players had birdie putts, Kim and Ryu making theirs from 10 and 5 feet respectively, while Lee’s attempt from 12-feet slid by. This left just two but it was too dark to continue and the players resumed the battle on Monday morning. This time, it would be Ryu who missed her birdie attempt, leaving Kim a tap-in birdie to claim the title and her first victory on the main tour. The 21-year old has tasted success three times on the secondary Dream Tour in her homeland.
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rnThe three ALPG Members who participated all acquitted themselves admirably in the tough conditions with Rebecca Coakley holding it together the best with a final round 1-over par 73 to finish at 1-over for the tournament in a tie for 5th. It was her second Top-5 in two weeks and afterwards she said, “I’m very happy because today was one of the toughest rounds condition wise that I’ve played. To just have two bogeys and a birdie: I was happy with that.”
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rnStephanie Na finished in a tie for 19th after a final round of 2-over 74, while Frances Bondad again let a good chance slip by, posting a final round of 5-over par 77 to slip down the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 27th. She has shown that she can compete with the best in Europe over the last couple of tournaments and we look forward to seeing what she can come up with at home when she competes in the upcoming ALPG Tour events.

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Photo – Rebecca Coakley