|Volume 1, Number 15 October 8, 2003|
2003 Safeway Classic: Friday (cont.)
2, 3, 4,
5, 6, 7,
8, 9, 10, 11, Gallery, Results
Hole 16: A par 3. Her tee shot was to 25 feet. She hit a decent birdie try that went just a smidge too far. She then lipped out a par save of very short distance to fall back to 2 under.
Hole 17: Laura again hits her drive practically OB left, to an
area where an 18 wheeler Safeway truck was parked. But it bounced off
a tree back into the woods. She punched out, wedged to five feet and saved
par. That Davies is one heck of a scrambler! Meanwhile, Kang hit a great
drive but another so so iron over the green. She then hit a sweet sweet
chip from a tricky lie to an inch. This was a real thing of beauty. Mark
my words, if she gets used to playing in the US, we may have a fifth Sister
Soo Yun up close
Mi Hyun Kim and her unique swing
After this I went to briefly watch Christina Kim and Jeong Jang play
holes 11 - 14. Christina was at one under at the time, but didn't seem
to be in great spirits. I'm guessing that she was a bit frustrated with
her game despite the fact she was in the top 20 at that moment. However,
when she saw me, she said hi, and said she couldn't complain: 'What can
I say, it's a beautiful day, I'm playing golf, what more could you want?'
Grace and Se Ri were in the afternoon groups, so they had just started
while the morning groups were still completing their play. In fact, the
play in general was pretty slow all week in Portland. Grace was playing
in the group right before Se Ri, so for much of the day I vacillated between
following first one, then the other.
Hole 6. This is a short par 4 with a somewhat narrow fairway and a small green. Grace was on fire. Great drive, and an iron right next to the hole for a fourth consecutive birdie. I gotta tell you, that was the third stiffed iron I had seen from three different Sisters today. And it wouldn't be the last! This is what I call a fun time!
I lingered briefly to watch Se Ri's approach. It was not too far from the hole, and had some nice action on it. But alas, she missed the birdie. Se Ri was only even par at that point, so I decided to stick with Grace.
Grace and her Friday outfit
Grace had reason to smile on Friday: a 6 under par 66!
|Hole 7: Another par 5, this is probably
the easiest hole on the course. Not a terribly narrow fairway, most players
with any length can get on the green in two. Grace hit a drive she was really
disgusted with here. I couldn't see why. It looked long, and was in the
fairway. But when I got there, I realized it had only gone about 230 yards.
Still, her second shot was a boomer that ended up a few feet short of the
green. Grace told me during her interview that she was working on her chipping,
particularly the straightforward chips you ought to hit close. Well, her
practice paid off, because she hit her 3rd shot chip from about 20 feet
to right next to the hole. Another birdie to move to 5 under. She was now
tied for the lead, just like that! And tied with Peanut, with Kang only
one shot back. Only Se Ri was not participating in the party!
Hole 8: This is a par 3 over water. Very tricky, with water on the right as well, and a nasty collection area behind the green. On top of all that, the green is pretty hard, too. Par is a good accomplishment here. Grace hit a nice tee shot on 8, then curiosity got the best of me, and I walked back to the seventh green to watch Se Ri. Her second had left her just off the green, but her chip shot still left her five feet short of the hole. But she made the birdie, and moved to one under par. A little hope, maybe?
|That's when I made my choice to support the Sister who needed it, Se Ri. So I left the white hot Grace to try to inspire Se Ri on. Well, something worked, because she suddenly caught fire just as Kang, Peanut and Grace had when I watched them before...|