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Se Ri Pak gains top ten finish in Korean event

Se Ri Pak finished in 10th place in a Korean tour event Sunday after becoming the first woman to make the two-round cut in a men's tournament in 58 years.

Pak closed with a 1-under-par 71 at the $250,000 SBS Super Tournament. The South Korean star finished at 2-under 286. She was 11 strokes behind the winner, Chang Ik-je.

"Women can also do it!" said Pak, flashing a big smile. "I'm a bit disappointed that I couldn't lower my score more, but I'm very satisfied with the result.

"I think this tournament has been an opportunity for me to mature. I discovered inside me something I had not realize before," she added. "This week has enabled me to control myself better."

On Friday, Pak became the first woman to make the 36-hole cut in a men's tournament since Babe Zaharias did so in three PGA Tour events in 1945. Pak was the sixth female golfer to play against men this year.

Annika Sorenstam missed the cut at the Bank of America Colonial. Connecticut club pro Suzy Whaley (PGA Tour), 13-year-old amateur Michelle Wie (Nationwide Tour, Canadian tours) and Laura Davies (Asian PGA Tour) failed to make the cut at other tournaments. Jan Stephenson played on the Champions Tour, which has no 36-hole cut, and tied for last.

Pak, a four-time LPGA major champion who is No. 2 on the LPGA money list, had rounds of 72, 74, 69 and 71.

The Korean tour is not part of the six circuits that make up the international federation of tours. Pak would like to get invited to a PGA Tour event.

"I think this experience will help me very much throughout my career," she said.

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