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4-under-par put Bader in first place
April 18, 2012

The inaugural LPGA LOTTE (pronounced LOH-tay) Championship Presented by J Golf teed off on Wednesday at Ko Olina Golf Club outside Honolulu. A 144-player field is vying for a $1.7 million purse with $255,000 going to the winner. The tournament marks the LPGA’s return to Ko Olina for the first time since 2008 and ninth time overall. The four-round event will finish on Saturday.

Beth Bader holds a one-shot lead after 18 holes of play at the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf. Playing in her first tournament of the 2012 season, the Iowan carded five birdies and a lone bogey on the ninth hole – her 18th – to shoot 4-under-par 68. Bader leads Yani Tseng, Jiyai Shin, Brittany Lang and Angela Stanford by one shot entering the second round of play at Ko Olina Golf Club on Oahu.

Meet The LOTTE Leaders…

Beth Bader (-4): The 38-year-old is an 11-year member of the LPGA Tour with a career-best tie for fourth at the 2007 LPGA Corning Classic. She has five top-10 finishes in her career, the last one coming in 2009. Bader is playing in her first event of the season this week.

Angela Stanford (-3): The Texan has a soft spot for Hawaiian golf tournaments having won the 2009 SBS Open at Turtle Bay. With five wins and nearly $6.8 million in earnings in her 12-year career, the 34-year-old ranks as one of the most consistent American players. She is a four-time member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team and one of four players to win in 2012 (HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore)

Yani Tseng (-3): Tseng has three victories in six starts this season and 15 worldwide victories in the last 15 months. The 23-year-old is the youngest player – male or female – to win five major championships and the second youngest player to win 15 tournaments on the LPGA behind only Nancy Lopez. Tseng’s growing list of accolades includes the 2010 and 2011 Rolex Player of the Year awards, the 2011 Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year, the 2011 U.S. Sports Academy Player of the Year and the 2012 Time 100, announced yesterday.

Brittany Lang (-3): A two-time member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team (2009, 2011), Lang is considered to be one of the best players on the LPGA Tour without a victory. The 26-year-old Texan has five second-place finishes in her career including the 2011 RICOH Women’s British Open where she was runner-up to Yani Tseng.

Jiyai Shin (-3): An eight-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Shin was the 2009 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year and held the top spot on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings for 16 weeks in 2010. The 23-year-old had a prolific career on the Korea LPGA (KLPGA) before joining the LPGA and has already qualified for the KLPGA’s Hall of Fame.

Tseng is on the hunt for her 16th career LPGA victory and fourth of the LPGA Tour this season following a 69 on Wednesday. Through six events, Tseng has finished no worse than a tie for eighth this year. The world No. 1 carded five birdies and two bogies to shoot 3-under-par 69 in windy conditions at Ko Olina Golf Club today. Tseng birdied holes seven, eight and nine to get to 4-under-par at the turn before carded consecutive bogies at 10 and 11. She rebounded with a birdie at 13. Tseng is seeking her fourth Tour victory

Brittany Lang has the physical tools to win, but says her mental game needs work. Asked today why she thinks she has yet to win on Tour, she said, “I need to get strong mentally and I need to build my confidence. I have a lot of good physical talent, but I was never groomed mentally growing up. I've done a lot work on it, and I just think I have a little ways to go to be good under pressure. Some people are just good under pressure. That's not how I was, so I'm working hard to get there. It'll happen. It's just going to take time.”

Amateur sponsor exemption Hyo Joo Kim fired a 1-under-par 71 on Wednesday in her first-ever LPGA tournament. The 17-year-old won the LOTTE Mart Ladies Open last week on the Korea LPGA (KLPGA)… Kraft Nabisco champion Sun Young Yoo shot 2-under-par 70.


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