Coats Golf Championship. Ha Na Wins Maiden Tour Victory.

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Ha Na Jang wins the Coats Golf Championship in Florida, her maiden LPGA Tour victory.

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Ha Na crammed everything into her maiden LPGA Tour victory at the Coats Golf Championship, including an Albatross. A final round of even par 72 for a -11 under par tournament total was good enough to claim her first win on tour, and a wire to wire win at that. The final putt was followed by a big fist pump celebration, which was admired by Lydia Ko;

“Yeah, I’ve never seen that before. I don’t know how anyone can beat that. It was almost kind of like James Hahn’s Gangnam Style a few years ago.”

“But no, that’s a pretty cool ceremony. I don’t know who would think of that. But yeah, obviously she loves doing it to celebrate, and you can see by her fist pumps during the round, too.”

Ha Na spoke about the celebration;

“I tried on No. 12 on the tee, and after the shot, and I tried like this, and some people were like, ‘You’re really funny, your swing!’”

 “Okay, I’ll try it at Ocala in tournament, so it’s no problem, yeah.”

Brooke M Henderson, from Canada, was in second place on her own at -9 under par, she also carded a final round of even par.

Third position was shared between In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim and world #1 Lydia Ko, all at -7 under par for the competition.

In Gee was -2 under today, Sei Young -1 under, but Lydia carded a last round +3 over par 75, to drop out of contention.

Lydia bemoaned putts not dropping;

“I feel like during the middle of today’s round I didn’t hit the ball very well.”

 “Overall I’ve been striking the ball really good even in the rain today, so that’s a positive, and I feel like I’m stroking the ball well with the putter.”

“Not many dropped, but that’s another thing.”

 

 

Coats Golf Championship. Round 3 Suspended Due to Darkness. Lydia and Ha Na Lead.

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Lydia Ko and Ha Na Jang lead the Coats Golf Championship, as darkness duly suspended round 3 in Florida.

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Lydia and Ha Na are tied at the top of the Coats Golf Championship as darkness brought round three to an early end. Both ladies have tournament totals of -7 under par, with Lydia completing six third round holes, carding one birdie, and Ha Na at even par though her six holes.

In the late gloom of the day,  Lydia backed off a putt, because she was not sure if the ball had moved, and having been caught before in that situation the rules had to be confirmed;

“Yeah, I wasn’t sure because it’s obviously getting a little dark, and with the steepness of the greens, you never know if it does move or not, and I kind of was hovering over it going back and forth, so I don’t know if that action was making it look like it moved or not.”

 “The rules, we cleared everything, so now I can just go to bed and have a good dinner and come out here early, but this happened to me last year at this tournament, the second round or something, and it happened at KPMG, too, so I just wanted to clarify it so it wouldn’t be a problem tomorrow.”

Five ladies are tied in third position at -6 under par, with none of them having completed their third rounds; Kim Kaufman, Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Haru Nomura.

Kim Kaufman knew it was going to be a long haul today;

“We knew it was going to be long, and we were ready for that. It was kind of the same thing we did last year.”

“We knew early it was going to be kind of a fight, and then with about seven holes left this morning, I thought, okay, let’s make some birdies, and we just continued that in the afternoon.”

“I just played well, started to hit my irons really well.”

Lexi got up early, played a couple of holes, and then sat around waiting to start again;

“It was just an early wake-up call to play two holes and then wait around until 3:00 p.m. to warm back up.”

“But it is what it is, you can’t control the weather, and I just tried to make the best of it on the holes that I did play.”

Jessica said it was hard to try and plan your day;

“It’s just hard to time out your day.”

“I think we came back out and played two and a half holes this morning and then had most of the afternoon, morning off and then back to play six holes.”

“So I think just timing it all and keeping your energy levels up has been a little bit of a challenge.”

It will be a marathon day tomorrow with the leaders having to play 30 holes to complete the tournament, it will be survival of the fittest, depending on the weather of course.

Coats Golf Championship. Second Round Completed, Ha Na Leads.

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Ha Na Jang took the Coats Golf Championship second round lead in the late finish today.

Ha Na  finished her second round at even par 72, giving her a one shot lead at -7 under par, which she achieved yesterday with that -7 under 65.

Haru Nomura and Lydia Ko are just that one shot behind at -6 under par for the tournament. Haru with a second round -6 under 66, and Lydia posting another round of -3 under 69.

There then follows a group of five ladies on -5 under, Jessica Korda, Lizette Salas, Lexi Thompson, Xi Yu Lin and Sei Young Kim.

The third round is now in session, lets hope that the weather is kind to them today.

Coats Golf Championship. Heavy Thunder Storms Halt Second Round.

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The predicted heavy thunder storms have halted second round play at the Coats Golf Championship in Florida.

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Lydia Ko has joined Ha Na Jang at the top of the Coats Golf Championship leaderboard in the weather delayed event , but Lydia has completed 17 bogey free second round holes, and Ha Na has yet to start her second round.

Both ladies are at -7 under par for the competition, but we will have to wait a little longer to see if play is resumed today.

Currently sharing third place at -6 are Haru Nomura, with a completed second round of -6 under 66, and Kelly Tan, who has completed only three second round holes, but is -2 under on the day.

Coats Golf Championship. Ha Na Cards An Albatross, Again.

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Ha Na Jang recorded another Albatross, to take the first round lead at the Coats Golf Championship, the course in Florida is her favorite lay-out.

Ha Na Jang of South Korea reacts to her second shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Coates Golf Championship Presented By R+L Carriers at Golden Ocala Golf Club

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Last week in the Bahamas Ha Na scored an Albatross, and she has repeated the feat again to top the Coats Golf championship here in Florida. Her first round -7 under par 65 has given her a massive three shot advantage going into the second round tomorrow;

“No.7 is a very lucky number, so I feel very comfortable today because last year I had a second-place finish, so I really have more confidence on this golf course.”

“I like it’s an old golf course, and just thinking like on the fairway and the greens, there’s no problem because the weather is perfect and then everything is really good today.”

“Oh, it’s perfect, no bogeys. I like it. So today is like more, I don’t want to think about that it’s windy and don’t play for a score. I don’t see the scoreboards. I just keep going just simple, simple, simple.”

There is a group of six ladies tied in second place at 4-under par, including rookie In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim, Kim Kaufman, Candie Kung, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Kelly Tan, all with opening rounds of 68.

World #1 Lydia Ko had a more moderate start, carding -3 under par 69, but apart from trying to win this tournament Lydia has the Olympics, and the Zika epidemic on her mind;

“Everybody is so excited for the Olympics.”

“First of all we are more thinking about the people there, the people who are affected by it rather than what is going to happen with the Olympics.

“Obviously I’m just hoping that everybody there is safe. There are some things that we can’t control and that it is out of hands.”

“We still have eight months until the Olympics, it’s something we have got to keep looking at and monitor but for now, I guess that is all we can do.”

 

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Hyo Joo Kim Wins.

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Hyo Joo Kim wins the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic at Paradise Island.

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Hyo shot a final round -7 under par 66 to win the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic by two strokes with a -18 under par total. She said the result exceeded all her expectations;

“I said my goals coming into today was top 10 but obviously it turned out I won, so I’m really happy about that.”

“I looked at the leaderboard when I was walking up on the last hole, but I already knew that I had two shots in between me and Stacy.”

“I knew that on the last hole you can get on in two, so I was a little nervous coming up.”

“I’m going to reevaluate my goal, I want to win three times before the Olympics, so I’ve got one down, two to go now.”

Three ladies tied for second place at -16 under par, Sei Young Kim, Anna Nordqvist and Stacy Lewis. The last round for Stacy and Sei Young was -5 under 68, while Anna recorded -4 under 69.

Stacy gave it her best shot;

” Seven under’s a great score and I knew it was going to take something like that today on this golf course with less wind.”

“You know you needed to shoot a number.  Just got off to a bit of a slow start.”

” Making bogey on 8 really hurt, but proud of the way I came back on the back nine and gave myself a chance.”

“I’m extremely happy with where my golf swing is, after today, there are some things I want to work on, but it’s in a really good spot right now.”

“This is one of those days, I hit a lot of good putts, especially on the front nine that just didn’t go in, and that was this golf course this week.”

“It was pretty frustrating, but I knew it was going to take 7, 8 under to win today.”

“It was a shootout.  Just proud of the way I rallied there on the back and gave myself a chance.”

 

 

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Ha Na records first ever Ace at a Par Four.

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Anna Nordqvist and Charley Hull share the lead in the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, but Ha Na Jang recorded the first ever Albatross at a par four, on the LPGA Tour.

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Anna shot a third round -5 under par 68, to join Charley at the top of the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic. Charley carded -4 under 69, with both ladies posting -12 under par for the tournament.

Anna is excited to be back playing;

“I’m really excited, I really had zero expectations coming into this week.”

“It’s the first tournament of the year.  I’m just excited to be back playing.”

” Put in a lot of work this winter.  Who knows when it’s going to pay off but I’ve been pretty happy with the way I’ve been striking it and playing this week so far.”

Stacy Lewis shares third place with Hyo Joo Kim and Sei Young Kim, all just one shot back at -11 under par. Stacy with a third round -6 under 67, Hyo -5 under 68 and Sei Young -4 under par 69.

Stacy has met her target so far this week, but wants to get back to winning ways, wedges are the problem not the putter;

“My goal this week was to be in this position right here, to be in that last group going into the final day.”

“The best thing about this week is how I’m so happy with how my ball striking is. I mean, if I win tomorrow, that’s great, but my golf swing is where it needs to be.”

” My wedges are getting better.  I’m still not quite trusting them so there’s room to improve there.”

” I haven’t played anywhere close to my best golf yet this week and I’ve got a chance to win tomorrow. That’s getting back to where I was before.”

“A frustrating part about last year is I felt like I was putting it better than I ever had, I just wasn’t giving myself the opportunities.”

“So going into the off time, I knew if I could get my wedges and ball striking back to normal, that the putts would start going in from there.”

Ha Na Jang recorded the first ever Albatross at a par four, on the LPGA Tour, at the 8th hole, with a 3-wood from 218 yards at Paradise Island;

“Oh my gosh!” it’s amazing! Impossible!”

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