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Round 3 - Dramatic LOTTE win for Sei Young Kim

April 18, 2015

Sei Young Kim holed out her second shot, an 8-iron from 154 yards, on the first playoff hole to defeat Rolex Rankings No. 3 Inbee Park and claim her second-career LPGA victory at the LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY.

“I don’t know what happened today,” Kim said with a huge smile in the media center following her round. “There was 140 meters, so I think about between 7 or 8. And so I chose 8 normal, and it was good choice.”

Playing first, Kim sent her ball skyward and it took two hops before nestling in the bottom of the cup. Kim seemed to be in disbelief before finally throwing her hands in the air and high fiving her caddie. When Park was unable to match the feat, Kim got to take a champion’s walk to 18 to retrieve her ball from the bottom of the cup.

“Today I didn’t see it coming,” Kim admitted through her interpreter. “I don’t know what I’ve done again to deserve this, but I feel like every time I win a tournament I have to do something crazy or overcome some type of obstacles. I don’t know why it keeps happening, but it feels good.”

Kim got into the playoff with a little bit of magic when, after finding the water with her drive on the 18th in regulation, she got up-and-down for par thanks to a chip-in from 18 feet.

“On the 18th when I hit my hybrid I thought there was no way that it would fall into the hazard. I thought it would come short. When it happened I just tried to get myself under control because something crazy just happened to me,” Kim said through a translator. “I thought maybe something crazy will happen again, so I tried to get myself under control and calm myself, and look what happened.“

Fellow playoff competitor Park came away impressed after playing with Kim for the final two rounds.

“Obviously able to chip in and hole out from there, she’s a good player,” Park said. “She’s already won twice this year and she has definitely proven herself that she can compete out here. She’s a great player; I think she’s a great fighter.”

I.K. Kim finished in third at 9-under after bogeys on 17 and 18, while Hyo Joo Kim and Chella Choi rounded out the top-5 at 7 under.

Numbers to know:
154 - Number of yards on Sei Young Kim’s hole out for eagle to win on the first playoff hole
18 - Number of feet on Sei Young Kim’s par chip to force a playoff
5 - The top-5 players on the leaderboard are from South Korea
4 - Only four players shot rounds in the 60s today - Hyo Joo Kim (69), Sandra Gal (69), Shanshan Feng (69) and Ayako Uehara (69)
1.53 - The course played 1.53 strokes more difficult on Sunday than Saturday

Not even her best:
For most golfers a walk-off eagle on a par-4 to win a golf tournament would be the shot of their life, not 2015 LOTTE Championship Presented by Hershey winner Sei Young Kim.

“You know, I think this is probably the second most memorable shot for me,” Kim admitted through an interpreter. “Because in 2013 on KLPGA, I won a tournament which had the biggest prize money on KLPGA. I won that tournament by making a hole-in-one on 17, so that was probably my most memorable shot.”

Bouncing back from a major disappointment:
Throughout the week, Sei Young Kim pointed to her disappointing final round 75 at the ANA Inspiration as the motivating factor for her strong play.

“As I mentioned, it was a motivating factor for me,” Kim said through her interpreter. “After ANA leading up to this tournament I had tough time sleeping because that was my first major opportunity to win a major tournament on the LPGA Tour. I almost felt a little bit of guilt that I let that slip away. At the same time, I saw the possibility and the potential that I thought that belonged there and that can win a major championship in the future. So a lot of those lessons that I learned the last day at ANA Inspiration I was able to take in into application this week in the tournament, and I think this helped me tremendously.”

Kim felt some deja vu during the day when she made a few errors including her wayward drive on 18 but was able to overcome them and walk away with the win.

“Throughout the round today I was telling myself, I don’t know if I can live with myself if I make the same mistakes in two consecutive weeks,” Kim explained through her interpreter. “I’m relieved that I was able to win the tournament, and I am looking forward to going home and getting some sleep tonight. “

Quote of the Day:
“She said two things - How did you get that in, and congratulations.”

-Sei Young Kim (through interpretor) on what fellow playoff competitor Inbee Park said to her following her hole-out eagle on the first playoff hole

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Round 2 - Kims leading at -10 in Hawaii

April 07, 2015

I.K. Kim and Sei Young Kim will share the 36-hole lead at 10-under at the LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY. The duo is part of an almost all Korean
leaderboard as six of the top seven hail from South Korea.

“I feel like I played 36 holes, even though I had some rest,” I.K. Kim said of the long day at Ko Olina. “But it was a lot of wind yesterday and again this morning, so I feel really happy with the result because you never know. Even though you hit a good shot, in this wind it can be anywhere really. So I feel really good about how I played today and yesterday.”

“I think overall my game was in pretty good shape today,” Sei Young Kim said. “I worked on my fade shot yesterday because of the wind, and I think that has really worked out well for me today. My putter was also much better. I think that that’s why I was able to play under par today. It was a good round.”

Sitting alone in third at 7-under is Inbee Park, while Paula Creamer, Chella Choi, Mirim Lee and Jenny Shin sit four strokes back at 6-under. 72 players made the cut of 147 (+3).

“There are birdies out there,” Creamer said. “You just have to keep plugging along and be patient in these windy conditions.”

Numbers to know:
6/7 - Six of the top-7 players on the leaderboard are from South Korea
10 - 23 players were within five strokes of the lead following round one, only 10 are after day two
116 - Yardage Michelle Wie holed out from for eagle on the par-4 15th
0.53 - The course played 0.53 strokes easier during the second round
10 - The par-4 10th has played as the hardest hole this week at 4.337

Not quite the gambler:
I.K. Kim finds herself tied for the 36-hole lead thanks to a conservative approach on the course.

“Couple pin positions today were very tricky, so I had to kind of play conservative on few holes,” Kim admitted. “But if you hit a good shot you will have opportunities and make some birdies out there. So just got to kind of balance out I guess.”

Kim was equally as conservative when she spent some time during her off week in Las Vegas with friends.

“I don’t really gamble, but last time I was there I was only 20,” the 26-year old said. “My friends were like, We got to get out and have some fun. So we went out to watch the water show. We watched it twice, and then my friend said, try the Roulette, so I bet 100 bucks and I lost hundred bucks. I don’t think that’s worse thing that can happen. Maybe next time I’ll gamble smaller.”

Sei Young kim fueled by missed opportunity:
Rookie Sei Young Kim finds herself in contention yet again as she sits tied with countrywoman I.K. Kim after posting her second-consecutive 5-under round of 67.

“I think overall my game was in pretty good shape today,” Kim said.

Kim, who won the PureSilk Bahamas LPGA Classic earlier this year, will not use her past victory to motivate her this weekend but rather will call upon a disappointing finish at the ANA Inspiration.

“That will certainly help me,” Kim said of already having won on Tour. “But I think what will motivate me better was the fact that I didn’t win last week. That’s really motivating me this week, and that is going to get me to play better.”

One of the things Kim has done to try and get better this week is to switch from playing her more natural draw to a fade.

“I can almost say that it was easier to make that adjustment, because I was making too many mistakes without making that adjustment,” Kim admitted. “Overall it wasn’t really that difficult. I had a much better day because of that.”

Creamer hopes to build upon impressive Hawaiian resume:
Paula Creamer is no stranger to golf on the Hawaiian islands as two of her 10 career wins coming in the Aloha State. Creamer will look to add a third win in paradise to her resume at the LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY this weekend.

“I have a pretty good record in Hawaii,” Creamer said with a smile. “I feel very comfortable just working the ball and putting the ball in the right spot, and hopefully going into the weekend I’ll just continue being aggressive and take my pars when you need to, but try to capitalize a little bit more on the par 5s.”

Creamer, who sits four back of the lead at 6-under, made her professional debut in Hawaii at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay in 2005 and won that event in 2007. She also captured a victory at Ko Olina in 2008 at the Fields Open.

“I love playing these types of golf courses,” Creamer said. “Just the wind, the conditions, your misses are exaggerated so much when you play in this kind of weather. Being a good ball striker is incredibly important, and that’s something that I’ve
always said was one of my strengths. For me, I like this. The windier it gets the better.”

Hole-out highlight’s day two for Wie:
Michelle Wie posted a 69 to climb into the top-10 (T8) at 5-under for the week. Wie also posted what many would consider the shot of the day when she holed out for eagle on the par-4, 15th.

“I had about 117 yards, a little gap wedge,” Wie said of the shot. “I kind of saw it roll over the hill and I was like, Oh, okay. It’s disappearing. Then everyone went crazy. It was pretty fun.”

The hole out highlighted the day for Wie who, starting on the back nine, made the turn in 4-under 32 but came in at 1-over 37 to finish her day at 3-under and sit 5-back of the leaders.

“I started off really hot,” Wie said. “A little bit disappointed that I couldn’t keep that going on the back nine. Had a couple bad breaks. Just try to stay patient all day and try to give myself good opportunities.”

Making the cut:
72 players made the cut of 147 (+3). Notable players to miss the cut include Jessica Korda (+4), Ariya Jutanugarn (+6) and Se Ri Pak (+8).

Quote of the Day:
“It is 2015. I think it’s time that we can do something with that. The Masters does such a great job of growing the game. In Augusta, just in that area, they’re so big of making golf bigger in all genres, whether it’s junior golf or just the excitement of it.

There is no reason why we can’t use that to grow women’s golf. We’re just as much a part of it as the men are. That would be awesome. I’ve played there. I’ve been there. I’ve stayed at Butler Cabin.

I think a lot of the patrons would enjoy two weeks there. You know, get to go back to Augusta and have the pimento cheese sandwiches again.

It’s a challenge to us as well. There is no reason why I don’t feel we shouldn’t be able to play."

-Paula Creamer on having an LPGA event at Augusta National

Round 1 - I.K. Kim birdies her way into lead

April 16, 2015

Playing in the final group out, I.K. Kim birdied four of her final five holes, including dropping a 12-footer as the sun went down to take a two-shot lead after round one of the LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY.

“It was getting really dark. It’s dinnertime really. Everybody needs to go home,” Kim joked with the media after her round.

Kim, who started on the back-9, didn’t get off to the best start to her round and was sitting at one-over through three holes before tallying a birdie at the par-5 13th. Birdies at 15 and 16 allowed Kim to turn at 2-under, 34 and set up the late charge that allowed her to come home in 5-under, 31.

“I don’t know really,” Kim said when asked about what keyed her success during the round. “Just one shot at time, I guess.”

Chasing Kim will be Na Yeon Choi, Inbee Park and Sei Young Kim who are all at 5-under and a pack of golfers that sit at 3-under including past LPGA winners Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Morgan Pressel, Beatriz Recari, Hyo Joo Kim and Mirim Lee.

Numbers to know:
4/5 - I.K. Kim birdied four of her final five holes to take the lead
5 - South Koreans - I.K. Kim, Sei Young Kim, Inbee Park, Na Yeon Choi and Jenny Shin - occupy the top-5 spots on the leaderboard after day one
23 - 23 players are within five strokes of the lead

Some relaxing and not so relaxing times for NYC:
Over the past few weeks, Na Yeon Choi has had some relaxing and not so relaxing moments outside of the ropes. It started last week when the LPGA took an off-week following the season’s first Major, the ANA Inspiration.

“I stayed in California for a week and I just relaxed there,” Choi said. “Got massage and shopping, just walk around Beverly Hills, Santa Monica.”

Choi then flew out to Hawaii and added to the relaxing atmosphere by staying with some friends in Hawaii.

“I have some friends in Hawaii and they came here rooting for me. I quite enjoyed it,” Choi said. “Actually, she rented a house here for me, so I stay in there. She cooked some Korean food for me. It feels nice. Feels like home.”

The relaxation translated into Choi’s game on Monday as she finished up with a 5-under, 67.

“I think this is the first time I really relaxed on the course this year, so I think that’s why I played well,” Choi said. “I really enjoyed it. I don’t know why, but just this area just make me kind of chill out and relax.”

One thing that wasn’t so relaxing for Choi is when her friends were able to convince her to step outside of her comfort zone and try something new.

“We went skydiving on Saturday,” Choi said. “I went on the plane. I went up like 14,000 feet, but I couldn’t jump out. I was so scared. So I kind of failed, but my friend, she jumped out.”

When asked after the round what was easier golf or skydiving Choi, who admits to being afraid of heights, smiled and said “I think golf is easier.”

Wie and Miyazato pace past champions group:
The three past champions of the LOTTE Championship presented by HERSHEY - Ai Miyazato (2012), Suzann Pettersen (2013) and Michelle Wie (2014) - were paired together for the first round of this years event. After day one, Miyazato and are 2-under while Pettersen is even.

“We didn’t really talk about that much,” Wie said of the group all being former champions. “But I love playing with Ai, and I’m really good friends with Suzann. It was a fun round today. I’m looking forward to tomorrow morning.”

The trio will tee off at 7:44 a.m. local time tomorrow.

Hurst withdraws:
Vicky Hurst has withdrawn from the LOTTE Championship due to a wrist injury.

Quote of the Day:
“It just feels really fun. I felt this every year that I come back. The support is just so amazing. I feel very blessed, and I hope more people come out on the weekend.”

-Michelle Wie on the fans at the LOTTE Championship

Scores

Pos. Player Scores Total To Par Prize Money
1 Sei Young Kim 67 - 67 - 70 - 73 277 -11 $270,000.00
2 Inbee Park 67 - 70 - 69 - 71 277 -11 $167,061.00
3 I.K. Kim 65 - 69 - 71 - 74 279 -9 $121,191.00
4T Hyo Joo Kim 69 - 73 - 70 - 69 281 -7 $84,605.00
4T Chella Choi 70 - 68 - 71 - 72 281 -7 $84,605.00
6 Sandra Gal 70 - 72 - 71 - 69 282 -6 $61,739.00
7T Shanshan Feng 70 - 73 - 72 - 69 284 -4 $43,675.00
7T Mika Miyazato 71 - 71 - 71 - 71 284 -4 $43,675.00
7T Cristie Kerr 69 - 76 - 67 - 72 284 -4 $43,675.00
7T Jenny Shin 68 - 70 - 70 - 76 284 -4 $43,675.00
11T Pornanong Phatlum 71 - 69 - 74 - 71 285 -3 $33,155.00
11T Michelle Wie 70 - 69 - 73 - 73 285 -3 $33,155.00
13T Minjee Lee 72 - 72 - 71 - 71 286 -2 $28,232.00
13T So Yeon Ryu 70 - 74 - 71 - 71 286 -2 $28,232.00
13T Alison Walshe 74 - 73 - 67 - 72 286 -2 $28,232.00
16T Belen Mozo 73 - 74 - 69 - 71 287 -1 $25,061.00
16T So Young Lee 71 - 69 - 73 - 74 287 -1 $0.00
18T Tiffany Joh 70 - 74 - 72 - 72 288 E $21,142.00
18T Brittany Lang 73 - 70 - 73 - 72 288 E $21,142.00
18T Xi Yu Lin 69 - 72 - 72 - 75 288 E $21,142.00
18T Brittany Lincicome 73 - 67 - 73 - 75 288 E $21,142.00
18T Morgan Pressel 69 - 72 - 71 - 76 288 E $21,142.00
18T Ai Miyazato 70 - 69 - 71 - 78 288 E $21,142.00
18T Paula Creamer 69 - 69 - 72 - 78 288 E $21,142.00
25T Ji Young Oh 76 - 70 - 72 - 71 289 1 $16,509.00
25T Wei-Ling Hsu 74 - 71 - 71 - 73 289 1 $16,509.00
25T Danielle Kang 71 - 71 - 73 - 74 289 1 $16,509.00
25T Lee-Anne Pace 72 - 71 - 71 - 75 289 1 $16,509.00
25T Haru Nomura 69 - 70 - 74 - 76 289 1 $16,509.00
25T Beatriz Recari 69 - 71 - 72 - 77 289 1 $16,509.00
31T Jane Park 72 - 69 - 78 - 71 290 2 $13,262.00
31T Angela Stanford 72 - 71 - 75 - 72 290 2 $13,262.00
31T Jennifer Johnson 72 - 70 - 74 - 74 290 2 $13,262.00
31T Na Yeon Choi 67 - 73 - 76 - 74 290 2 $13,262.00
31T Mirim Lee 69 - 69 - 74 - 78 290 2 $13,262.00
36T Ayako Uehara 74 - 73 - 75 - 69 291 3 $10,176.00
36T Mi Hyang Lee 76 - 71 - 71 - 73 291 3 $10,176.00
36T Catriona Matthew 77 - 69 - 72 - 73 291 3 $10,176.00
36T Felicity Johnson 73 - 72 - 73 - 73 291 3 $10,176.00
36T Yani Tseng 74 - 70 - 74 - 73 291 3 $10,176.00
36T Jennifer Song 73 - 71 - 74 - 73 291 3 $10,176.00
36T Ryann O'Toole 71 - 75 - 71 - 74 291 3 $10,176.00
36T Pernilla Lindberg 71 - 74 - 72 - 74 291 3 $10,176.00
44T Mi Jung Hur 73 - 74 - 72 - 73 292 4 $8,232.00
44T Sakura Yokomine 74 - 68 - 74 - 76 292 4 $8,232.00
46T Ha Na Jang 72 - 75 - 75 - 71 293 5 $7,637.00
46T Kelly Tan 75 - 72 - 71 - 75 293 5 $7,637.00
48T Hee Young Park 77 - 67 - 80 - 70 294 6 $6,951.00
48T Caroline Masson 73 - 73 - 73 - 75 294 6 $6,951.00
48T Kim Kaufman 72 - 71 - 75 - 76 294 6 $6,951.00
51T P.K. Kongkraphan 73 - 72 - 74 - 76 295 7 $6,128.00
51T Natalie Gulbis 70 - 74 - 75 - 76 295 7 $6,128.00
51T Jenny Suh 73 - 73 - 72 - 77 295 7 $6,128.00
51T Mo Martin 72 - 73 - 72 - 78 295 7 $6,128.00
55T Sophia Popov 73 - 72 - 76 - 75 296 8 $5,488.00
55T Karin Sjodin 78 - 69 - 72 - 77 296 8 $5,488.00
55T Sue Kim 71 - 74 - 74 - 77 296 8 $5,488.00
58T Thidapa Suwannapura 74 - 73 - 77 - 73 297 9 $4,939.00
58T Jing Yan 70 - 77 - 75 - 75 297 9 $4,939.00
58T Ji Ram Kweon 73 - 74 - 74 - 76 297 9 $4,939.00
61T Cydney Clanton 75 - 72 - 77 - 74 298 10 $4,528.00
61T Min Lee 75 - 71 - 74 - 78 298 10 $4,528.00
63T Sydnee Michaels 73 - 74 - 78 - 74 299 11 $4,253.00
63T Alena Sharp 73 - 74 - 78 - 74 299 11 $4,253.00
63T Min Seo Kwak 78 - 68 - 78 - 75 299 11 $4,253.00
63T Rebecca Lee-Bentham 76 - 71 - 76 - 76 299 11 $4,253.00
67T Jaye Marie Green 75 - 70 - 77 - 78 300 12 $3,933.00
67T Sandra Changkija 76 - 70 - 75 - 79 300 12 $3,933.00
67T Jee Young Lee 74 - 72 - 74 - 80 300 12 $3,933.00
70 Danah Bordner 72 - 70 - 78 - 81 301 13 $3,750.00
71 Hee Kyung Seo 77 - 69 - 73 - 83 302 14 $3,659.00
CUT Simin Feng 76 - 72 148 4 $0.00
CUT Katherine Kirk 76 - 72 148 4 $0.00
CUT Victoria Elizabeth 75 - 73 148 4 $0.00
CUT Austin Ernst 75 - 73 148 4 $0.00
CUT Maria Hernandez 75 - 73 148 4 $0.00
CUT Therese Koelbaek 75 - 73 148 4 $0.00
CUT Paula Reto 75 - 73 148 4 $0.00
CUT Cheyenne Woods 75 - 73 148 4 $0.00
CUT Mina Harigae 74 - 74 148 4 $0.00
CUT Haeji Kang 74 - 74 148 4 $0.00
CUT Sarah Kemp 74 - 74 148 4 $0.00
CUT Jessica Korda 74 - 74 148 4 $0.00
CUT Brooke Pancake 74 - 74 148 4 $0.00
CUT Kelly Shon 73 - 75 148 4 $0.00
CUT Ashleigh Simon 73 - 75 148 4 $0.00
CUT Jaclyn Sweeney 73 - 75 148 4 $0.00
CUT Laetitia Beck 72 - 76 148 4 $0.00
CUT Nannette Hill 72 - 76 148 4 $0.00
CUT Moriya Jutanugarn 72 - 76 148 4 $0.00
CUT Ilhee Lee 72 - 76 148 4 $0.00
CUT Meena Lee 72 - 76 148 4 $0.00
CUT Amelia Lewis 72 - 76 148 4 $0.00
CUT Gerina Piller 72 - 76 148 4 $0.00
CUT Alison Lee 71 - 77 148 4 $0.00
CUT Katie Burnett 78 - 71 149 5 $0.00
CUT Hye Jin Choi 78 - 71 149 5 $0.00
CUT Joanna Klatten 78 - 71 149 5 $0.00
CUT Sun Young Yoo 78 - 71 149 5 $0.00
CUT Jane Rah 77 - 72 149 5 $0.00
CUT Jackie Stoelting 76 - 73 149 5 $0.00
CUT Mariajo Uribe 75 - 74 149 5 $0.00
CUT Eun-Hee Ji 74 - 75 149 5 $0.00
CUT SooBin Kim 74 - 75 149 5 $0.00
CUT Yueer Cindy Feng 73 - 76 149 5 $0.00
CUT Paz Echeverria 72 - 77 149 5 $0.00
CUT Kris Tamulis 79 - 71 150 6 $0.00
CUT Amy Anderson 77 - 73 150 6 $0.00
CUT Garrett Phillips 76 - 74 150 6 $0.00
CUT Mallory Blackwelder 75 - 75 150 6 $0.00
CUT Ariya Jutanugarn 75 - 75 150 6 $0.00
CUT Alejandra Llaneza 75 - 75 150 6 $0.00
CUT Demi Runas 74 - 76 150 6 $0.00
CUT Giulia Molinaro 69 - 81 150 6 $0.00
CUT Jacqui Concolino 76 - 75 151 7 $0.00
CUT Hyun Soo Kim 76 - 75 151 7 $0.00
CUT Jennifer Kirby 74 - 77 151 7 $0.00
CUT Julie Yang 80 - 72 152 8 $0.00
CUT Kendall Dye 78 - 74 152 8 $0.00
CUT Se Ri Pak 78 - 74 152 8 $0.00
CUT Becky Morgan 77 - 75 152 8 $0.00
CUT Sarah Jane Smith 77 - 75 152 8 $0.00
CUT Jenny Gleason 76 - 76 152 8 $0.00
CUT Kristy McPherson 73 - 79 152 8 $0.00
CUT Q Baek 72 - 80 152 8 $0.00
CUT Laura Diaz 79 - 74 153 9 $0.00
CUT Pat Hurst 79 - 74 153 9 $0.00
CUT Jennifer Rosales 78 - 75 153 9 $0.00
CUT Paola Moreno 77 - 76 153 9 $0.00
CUT Dori Carter 76 - 77 153 9 $0.00
CUT Jodi Ewart Shadoff 75 - 78 153 9 $0.00
CUT Lisa McCloskey 75 - 78 153 9 $0.00
CUT Sadena Parks 80 - 74 154 10 $0.00
CUT Lisa Ferrero 79 - 75 154 10 $0.00
CUT Marissa Steen 79 - 75 154 10 $0.00
CUT Christel Boeljon 78 - 76 154 10 $0.00
CUT Ju Young Park 76 - 79 155 11 $0.00
CUT Marina Alex 75 - 80 155 11 $0.00
CUT Perrine Delacour 76 - 83 159 15 $0.00
CUT Karlin Beck 79 - 82 161 17 $0.00
CUT Maria McBride 77 - 84 161 17 $0.00
WDC Christine Song 82 82 10 $0.00
WDC Suzann Pettersen 72 - 69 141 -3 $3,614.00
WD Vicky Hurst   0 E $0.00

 

Preview

DATES:  April 15-18
SITE: Ko Olina Golf Club, Hawaii
PRIZE MONEY: $1,800,000
Click here for tournament stats & info

The Island of Oahu will say Aloha to the LPGA Tour for the fourth time this week at the LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY.

“Pretty obvious I love coming back home,” said defending champion and native Hawaiian Michelle Wie. “I look forward to this event all year. I get to come back home after the season is done, and then I get to go back to Florida and start training and start my year up. I look forward to April.“

Other players echoed Wie’s statements about loving to be back on the Islands, including Paula Creamer and Inbee Park.

“It’s always a fun event for everybody,” said Creamer. “ People bring their families and stay in condos. It’s nice to be able to able to play different types of golf courses from the main land that we play. It’s a little bit different out here, so it’s fun. The sponsor does a great job of hosting us, and all the fans that come out are very supportive of the women’s golf.”

“I feel like we’re on holiday and playing golf at the same time,” Park said. “It’s a great place and a great tournament. I had good results last couple years, and hopefully I have another good one this year.”

Time Flies:
Last season at the LOTTE Championship Presented by Hershey Michelle Wie was able to take home the title in front of her home state fans and make a dream come true.

“It really is crazy how time flies. Seems like yesterday,” Wie explained. “But last year really a dream did come true for me. Growing up here playing a lot of junior tournaments, Hawaii tournaments, always been my dream to win at home in front of my friends and family and just people that have been rooting for me since I was really young. So it was really cool to do that last year. It’s always fun to defend, so I’m happy to be back. Just trying to take it easy and having fun.“

Wie will be taking a simple approach into her quest to repeat.

“I think the key for me is just not to look too far into the future and not put too much pressure on myself.”

Home game for Hyo Joo as well?
While rookie Hyo Joo Kim may be from Korea she considers Ko Olina her LPGA home as she has played in the LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY every year it has been contested.

“I kind of feel like I’m home being at a tournament that’s sponsored by my own sponsor,” Kim said. “It puts a bit of pressure on myself to play better, but I feel like I’m home.”

On cloud nine
This week, Brittany Lincicome will be making her first start since capturing the ANA Inspiration and has been feeling the love all week.

“It’s been great,” Lincicome said with a smile. “Just coming out this week and all of my fellow friends out here
congratulating me and giving my hugs obviously makes it feel very special that they were rooting for me. I’m still on Cloud 9.”

While Lincicome may riding high from her win in Palm Springs she is still trying to keep her focus on the task at hand during this weeks LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY.

“It’ll be interesting to see how this week goes,” Lincicome admitted. “Hopefully we keep the momentum going.”

LPGA players host junior clinic:
Sandra Gal, Danielle Kang and Hee Young Park took time out of their busy day on
Monday afternoon to host a junior clinic of over 200 kids at Ko Olina.

“I think it’s always a good opportunity to give back,” said Gal. “There’s young kids out there who are just starting to get involved with golf and I think it’s great for them to be able to come out here and just see what we do and how we approach the game. It’s a great way to get kids outside and playing a great game.”

Gal has been very involved in growing the game as of late as she recently started an inside-the-ropes program for junior golfers at LPGA events.

“I love doing that,” Gal said with a smile. “I think it’s really important. I think it’s one of our responsibilities as role
models out here and I’m glad that I have the opportunity to do it.”

Quote of the Day: “Hawaii will be forever and always my home no matter where I live. You know the saying, you can take the girl out of the island, but you can never take the island out of the girl. It’s definitely true.”-Michelle Wie on returning to Hawaii





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adidas Golf launch Tour360 Boost

SuperStroke introduces new Pistol GT putter grip

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