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.
Leading money leader Jiyai Shin continues to lead the Samsung World Championship after firing a 3-under 69 on Friday. Shin leads hottest player on the LPGA Ai Miyazato and World #1 Lorena Ochoa by just a shot after the completion of round 2. Shin has lead for the past three rounds on tour (victory at NW Arkansas Classic, and the first two rounds here at Torrey Pines) and it’s likely someone will need to outshoot her if they expect to stop Shin from being the first back-to-back winner of 2009.
Ai Miyazato shot her second straight 68 to find herself in second place. Ai has not finished out of the top 10 since the U.S. Open, and the confidence built from her maiden victory at the Evian Masters seems to be following through yet again this week. Ochoa who has been rebounding nicely after a rough stretch during the midpoint of the season, looks poised to join Jiyai as the only players with 3 wins on tour (and also the only players to have won more then once on tour this year).
Ever confident Cristie Kerr rebounded nicely after her even par opening round, and fired the round of the day, a 6-under 66, to jump into a T5 with winless Na Yeon Choi and defending champion Paula Creamer.
Co-leader after round 1 Song-Hee Kim had a lackluster back-up again, following her wonderful 66 with a lackedasial even par 72, which also ties her a -6 T5 with the aforementioned players.
U.S. Women’s Open winner Eun-Hee Ji continues to occupy the basement after a one-over 73 put her in last and +7, 6 strokes worse then Angela Stanford who is 19th and +1.
Juli Inkster seemed to get the in the rough jinx and faltered out of the top 10, after a 74.
Collegiate star Azahara Munoz jumped to the top of the leaderboard after a 6-under 66 to hold a one shot lead after the second round of the California Sectional Q-School. She leads expected front runners Yuko Mitsuka and Amanda Blumenhurst. Surprisingly, another Japanese player Kazu Yazaki also is one stroke behind. Another JLPGA player and 1st round leader Tamie Durdin faltered with a 74, but finds herself in a good position of 9th place.