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Posted Friday, April 25, 2008 8:08 PM

Hats off to Young Kim leads the Stanford International after two rounds by one shot


By William Jempty of OTB Sports

Young Kim calls her headgear a‘bucket hat’. When asked after today’s round why she wears different hats,Young said. “I like this bucket hat because it's good for the strong sun. Still I don’t want to change my hat.” As a malignant melanoma survivor, I’m glad to hear Young is conscientious about her skin care. I’ve had too many friends die of skin cancer.

Young’s hat is made by Bogner,one of the golfer’s sponsors. If you’re superstitious, it's the same type of hat Young wore when winning last year’s Corning Classic, and she is atop the leaderboard of the Stanford International after round two.


A second round 67, which is tied for the best round of the day and featuring six birdies, has Young at seven under par and leading by one shot. In second place at minus six is  Annika Sorenstam who also shot a 67. 

Gusty winds made scoring difficult today. Only six players are under par for the tournament. Also equaling Young and Annika for the best round of the day, was Seon Hwa Lee. Seon Hwa’s 67 has her one over par for the tournament and in a tie for sixteenth.

Back to Young Kim’s round. On the back nine, Young made another four birdies to add to her two on the front nine. A driver, 8-iron, and long putt from thirty feet resulted in a birdie on the 11th hole. Young got another thirty-foot putt to drop on 15. Her birdie on 12 came after a driver and pitching wedge to fifteen feet.

Young’s back nine wasn’t without a few blemishes. A bad drive on ten into a fairway bunker and a three-putt on fourteen from sixty feet both resulted in bogey. Young may have made her best shot at 18. It was the best approach shot I saw on that finishing hole today. A nine-iron to ten feet giving a Young a closing birdie.

While Young played the same amount of shots on Fairmont Turnberry Isle’s two courses, the South Korean golfer found Miller the tougher layout.

“Soffer is better like direction for the wind. I think Miller is a little more difficult than Soffer." The final 36 holes of the Stanford will be played on the Soffer course.

As for Annika’s round, close approach shots with a sand wedge resulted in four of her birdies. Her other birdie came after a 9-iron to four feet on the ninth. After a bogey on 12,Annika parred the last six holes of her round. Sorenstam said her first hole birdie really got her going. “I was bouncing down the fairway", she said, commenting on her reaction to birdies on the first three holes.

One prominent Florida pro not moving on is Morgan Pressel. Pressel’s score of75-74 will be at least one shot too high in order to play the final two rounds.Other prominent LPGA golfers who won’t play the final 36 holes include Jeong Jang, Brittany Lincicome, Laura Davies, plus veteran Jan Stephenson and Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez.

A few notes:

Natalie Gulbis stands at plus seven for two rounds and is currently on the wrong side of the cut line.

Laura Davies had a hole in one yesterday on the Soffer course’s 13thhole.

After two rounds, the low rookie is Japan’s Momoko Ueda, whose 68-72 has her tied for 5th.

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