Bienvenue! My name is Jamie and I like golf. I grew up playing tennis in eastern Massachusetts, but fell in love with the game after watching Se Ri Pak defeat Jenny Chausiriporn at the 1998 U.S. Womens Open. I studied Hospitality & Tourism Management (with a focus on Event, Tourism, and Convention Management) at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tennis is my first love, but golf is a very close second. I believe style should equal substance, and the latter is nothing without the former.
In what could be a mini-preview of next week’s co-sanctioned ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, 2010 KLPGA player of the year Bo-Me Lee leads by a stroke after the opening round of the ALPG’s Australian Ladies Masters. Lee, who is not currently in the field for next week’s LPGA event, shot a 7-under 65 and leads two of her more well known contemporaries by a stroke: 2011 U.S. Open Champion So Yeon Ryu & the runner-up and 2011 LPGA Rookie of the Year Hee Kyung Seo (Christel Boeljon of the Netherlands joined them). Lee had 7 birdies & no bogies to take the early lead.
U.S. Teen phenom Lexi Thompson is only two behind after her opening round 67, further proving her position as one of the world’s best. For a change though, Lexi isn’t the youngest player of interest at the event. 14 year old Kiwi Lydia Ko is 5 shots behind after opening with a 70, which was marred by bogeying 2 of her final 4 holes. Ko became the youngest player to win a professional title last week when she won the 2012 Bing Lee/Samsung Women’s NSW Open also on the ALPG.
LPGA members Christina Kim, Gwladys Nocera, Sophie Gustafson, and Permila Lindberg are all in the hunt 4 shots at 3-under. Joining Lydia Ko at 2-under par are former amateur stalwarts Jennifer Song & Danielle Kang. Hee Young Park is the most notable name struggling on the wrong side of the leaderboard and we’ll need to go under par to make the cut after opening with a 76.