Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Jenny Shin Wins 1st LPG Victory

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Jenny Shin, from South Korea,  wins the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at  Las Colinas Country Club, in Texas, her 1st LPG Victory.

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Jenny Shin and her 1st LPGA Trophy

Jenny carded a final bogey free round of -4 under par 67 to win the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout with a total of -14 under par, a two shot victory.

Jenny is the third Rolex First Time Winner of the season, joining Ha Na Jang and Haru Nomura in achieving LPGA success, he had this to say;

“Still in awe nothing has registered yet. I wanted to talk to my mum, but I was on the verge of tears so I hung up without really her answering the phone.”

“I think it will hit me as soon as I talk to my mum, yeah. I don’t have anything going on right now.”

“I think I’ve been in contention so many times that I’ve kind of learned how to tune it out.”

 “I’m not sure I can repeat it exactly the same if I have a chance next time. I think every year I become a better player and I get a little bit more experience.”

“And I think I’ve gotten a lot out of it every time I go through this, so hopefully next year will be better, the year after that will be better.”

Tied in second place, two shots back at -12 under par  were a pair of South Koreans, Amy Yang, and Mi Jung Hur, both with even par rounds of 71, they were joined by Gerina Piller who could not complete the win, but did start the day with a two shot lead, suffering with a last round +2 over par 73.

Gerina spoke the really tough day, and she is learning all the time;

“I mean, the conditions are pretty tough, so it definitely wasn’t a cakewalk out there.”

 “As you can see, I haven’t really looked at the leaderboard if anyone shot a real low one.”

“The pins were really, really tough today and it’s tough to get them close, especially coming in.”

“But I’ve taken nothing but good things away from this week. That was my first time ever holding the lead, especially for two rounds, so it’s just more confidence that I’m adding to what I already have.”

Kia Classic. Lydia Ko Comfortably in Front.

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Lydia Ko is comfortably in front of the Kia Classic, after the third round at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Lydia carded a third round -5 under par 67 to post a 54 hole total of -14 under par, giving her a three shot lead going into the final round of the Kia Classic tomorrow;

“You don’t get that many opportunities where you’re going into the final round with a few-shot lead.”

“But I’ll take it. I’d rather be a couple shots ahead than a couple shots behind.”

Sung Hyun Park, -4 under 68 today, Brittany Lang -2 under 70, and Jenny Shin -1 under 71, all share second place, those three shots back at -11 under par for the tournament.

Inbee Park is in fifth place at -10 under par for the three rounds, -2 under 70 today let Lydia get away from her. You can not really give the World #1 a three shot start at the beginning of the last round and expect to have a chance of winning.

Candie Kung, from Taipei shot the low round of the day, -7 under par 65, unfortunately -7 under is also her tournament total. She breezed through the first 17 holes, bogey free today, before finding trouble on the 18th on her way to collecting a double bogey.  Candy had a chance at the Aviara Golf Club course record as she walked to the 18th, but she was still happy with her round;

“Everything went pretty smooth out there today.”

”The greens were definitely smoother than the last couple days with less footprints and I played earlier than a lot of people.”

“So the greens were smooth. I played great. I had a very good 17 and a half holes.”

“It was just one of those shots that I put a bad swing on it and it happened on the wrong hole.”

“Happened on the wrong shot. I didn’t think I missed it that,  the shot that I missed, if it would have been on the other holes, it would have been okay.”

“It wasn’t really that far left of where I was aiming, but it happens.”

Kia Classic. Jenny Shin has 36 Hole Lead.

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Jenny Shin has the 36 hole lead at the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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KOR Jenny carded a second round -7 under par to lead the Kia Classic after 36 holes with a tournament total -10 under par.

Good shots and great putts and having your Mum along all add up;

“I think it was a really good round. I hit great shots. I hit great putts. I had a lot of six footers for birdie, so it was a good day.”

“The goal this week was like, I have to make the cut. I have to show up on the weekend.”

“This is the only tournament every year where I struggle to get in contention, and I think part of it was, it’s close to home, a lot of people watching. I want to do well.”

“Last year, my coach came out and watched me for two days. So it was just a lot of pressure. This year, I didn’t invite anybody, just my mom.”

Two ladies are tied in second place at -9 under par, World #1  Lydia Ko a bogey free -5 under par 67 today, and USA Brittany Lang, one of the first round leaders, she posted a second round -4 under 68.

Lydia said she had an up and down day, not playing so well;

“I didn’t strike the ball as well as I did yesterday, especially on my back nine, I had to make up-and-down from a few places.”

“The rough is rough, so when you get in there, it’s tough to get close to the pin or even on the green sometimes.”

“Sometimes I got fortunate but other times I was able to scramble and I think that’s the most important thing around here.”

Sharing fourth spot are Inbee Park, -3 under 69 today, and Hyo Joo Kim -6 under 66, both at -8 under par for the tournament.

Last week’s winner of the JTBC Founders Cup, Sei Young Kim has missed the cut, made at +2 over par, along with defending champion Cristie Kerr.

 

 

Toto Japan Classic. Jenny Shin Leads.

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Jenny Shin leads the Toto Japan Classic after two rounds, in this three round tournament at  Kintestsu Kashikojima Country Club, in Japan.

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Jenny had another bogey free round today shooting -7 under par 65 in the second round of the Toto Japan Classic, to lead the tournament with a -13 under par total.

Jenny is full of confidence, now that her putter is working;

“It was good. I didn’t make many mistakes out there.”

“The last few days I’ve putted great so that helps. I think that I’ve gained my confidence back.”

“I’m hitting my driver a little bit further than last year so it’s a little easier out here coming in with the shorter clubs because you’re able to attack the pins a little bit more.”

“If I just keep hitting my driver like I did the past few days and make some putts I think that I’ll have a good day tomorrow.”

“I feel like I’ve gotten pretty close throughout the year.”

“I know what I need to do to shoot a low score here. I’ll probably have to do my best to keep the mindset that I had the past two days and just stay happy.”

“There’s still one more day and 18 more holes.”

“I heard there is going to be some bad weather tomorrow so I don’t know what will happen.”

“It will probably be shorter because of the rain and the cold but I’m just going to go in with an open mind and try my best.”

Ha-Neul Kim is a shot back at -12 under par, an other round of -6 under 66 moving her up the leaderboard.

Sun-Ju Ahn, Pornanong Phatlum and Angela Stanford are two shots back at -11.

Angela was happy with her effort today;

“It was a good day, still hit some good putts but I think I hit the ball a little better today. Maybe not as close as yesterday but more solid.”

“It’s a fun golf course to play, there are a lot of birdies to be made and I just have to come out tomorrow and try to make the most.”

“I’m happy to have an opportunity to maybe win tomorrow.”

“It will be a lot of fun. I haven’t been in this position much this year so I’m excited about it.”

They will all have a chance to win tomorrow in this 54 hole tournament. Best placed Japanese lady is Ai Suzuki, at -10 under par.

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Jenny Shin Leads

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Jenny Shin has the first round lead at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on the West Course at Westchester Country Club in New York.

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Jenny shot an opening round -7 under par 66, on the par 73 West Course at the Westchester Country Club in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the second ladies Major of the year.

Jenny carded five birdies and an eagle, looking at the leaderboard all day long. She is serious about this title and said she had brought her A game to this Major;

“I was chasing the leaderboard all day and I was surprised that Webby was at six at one point and thought, how is she shooting  six under par.”

“I got there and I was like, maybe I can get one more on the 18th hole and I did.”

“I’ve been playing okay, and I feel like I have my first win coming up and I thought, you know, it’s a major, I want to play well.”

Canadian amateur, 17 year-old Brooke Henderson is in second place on her own at -6 under par, she sadly made bogey on her last hole of the day to drop out of the tie for the top.

Brooke really believes she is ready for LPGA Tour membership, saying she feels like she’s practically a member now. This is her sixth consecutive LPGA event;

“I love it, and I’m really excited when it’s my career and I have full status on the LPGA tour and I get to travel week to week with these girls.”

 “They have been very encouraging and very supportive of the way I’ve played over the last few weeks, and I’ve made a lot of friends, which is always nice.”

“I think hopefully I’ll have a long career out here, and it just depends on when I’m able to start that career.”

Karrie Webb is one of three Ladies tied at -5 under par, she is joined on that score by Moriya Jutanugarn and Charley Hull.

Further down the field is the two-time defending Champion, world number two, Inbee Park at -2 under par. The battle for the world number one slot is on this week, and world number one Lydia Ko is at -1 under par after the first round.

Inbee spoke of the pressure;

“I think everybody feels a little pressure because it’s a major tournament and everybody wants to do well.”

“Because it is a major tournament and this is a great event, that’s why we feel the pressure. So I’m happy.”

 

 

 

 

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Karine Icher has First Round Lead

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Karine Icher has the first round lead at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco. A two-hour delay due to fog in the Bay Area, means there are still seven groups still to complete their opening rounds.

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Karine had a bogey free first round -6 under par 66, at Lake Merced Golf Club giving her a two shot lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. She said it was just a good day, and stuck to her strategy, including staying warm;

” It was just a good day, I’m happy about that.  I stayed confident all through the round. I think the strategy on this golf course is to stay short of the hole. It’s a tough golf course, especially with the wind and temperature.  Gets so cold.  You try to get to stay warm and try to catch the right wind and you go with it and make some putts.”

 

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There are five ladies in the following pack, all at -4 under par for the opening round. Lydia Ko is one of that group, making a great start here, although she carded a couple of bogey’s.

With Lydia are, Ilhee Lee, Jenny Shin, Maria McBride and Dewi Clair Schreefel, with good first round scores of 68.

Earlier in the day on Thursday Lydia Ko was named as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, along with the likes of Pope Francis and Barack Obama. She mentioned what an honor is was to be singled out;

” You know, I just do what I love to do, play good golf.  That’s where my confidence builds up.  Kind of be named in that top 100 of the most influential people in the world is huge. Top 100 in the country is big, but in the whole world, you know, it’s a huge honor, especially amongst the big names there.”

 “ I played good today, so hopefully good memories and positive thinking for tomorrow.”

It was also Lydia’s 17th birthday and she was presented with a birthday cake following the end of her round, accompanied by everyone singing Happy Birthday;

” Kind of embarrassing, but then so happy that a lot of people knew about my birthday.  I was happy and thanked all the people there who were singing.”

Dewi Clair was still in bed when the delay was announced, so she decided to stay there. Her round was good, due mainly to a hot putter;

” Well, I was luckily in bed when one of the other players text me there was a delay. So I just had a pleasant morning where I’m staying.  I relaxed and kept to my routine and didn’t come out here earlier.”

 “Putter was really, really nice day.  I mean, when you make birdies you’re rolling the putter well. All in all I played really well from tee to green.”

 

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Ricoh British Womens Open 2nd Round, Finally.

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It may have been the Best Of British Day at Hoylake when the second round finally got completed in the Ricoh British Open at Royal Liverpool, but it was a South Korean who stole the show, namely Jiyai Shin. 

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 Jiyai Shin carded a superb eight under par 64 to move into a commanding five shot lead after the second round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Liverpool. The 2008 Champion started the day a single shot behind her compatriots, Haeji Kang and So Yeon Ryu, but then moved effortlessly through the front nine in 31 strokes and then came home in 33 to leave the rest of the strong international field trailing in her wake, with a tournament total of -9 under par. Jiyai said that could have the best round of her life;

” That might well be the best round I have ever played. I hit a nine under par round when I won last week at Kingsmill, but this is a really tough course so this round might have been even better. Today I was bogey-free and bunker free. I hit all 18 greens and missed just one fairway. This week my goal was to score one under par every day so to hit eight under is very special.I love coming back over here. The win here in 2008 changed my life and I have got lots of fans in England. Today there were a lot of people out there and they kept cheering me on. It has been a fantastic day and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I have got a five shot lead but on this course you never know what’s going to happen. There are a lot of great players out here. I’m just going to keep focussed on myself.”

Another South Korean is alone in second place, Inbee Park is at -4 under par for the tournament, but will need to play some magical golf to catch the leader. The final two rounds will played tomorrow, 36 holes in one day is an exhausting task, so it will be the survival of the fittest, but a five shot start is very comforting. Inbee also loves this course;

” I’ve been playing the back nine well all week, I’m going to need lots of patience tomorrow but I’m looking forward to it. It’s a really great golf course. You can feel the history of the golf course. It’s great.”

The leading amateur in the field is World No. 1, Kiwi Lydia Ko.  A couple of weeks ago the 15 year-old from New Zealand won the CN Canadian Open to become the youngest player ever to win an official LPGA Tour title and today she added a one under par 71 to her opening  round of 72 to claim a share of sixth place with Japan’s Ai Miyazato, Sweden’s Carin Koch, South Korea’s Jenny Shin and America’s Vicky Hurst all on -1 under par.

Tomorrow is going to be a really tough day.