I miss Kangsy. When 2005 Safeway Classic winner Soo-Yun Kang of South Korea was a player on the LPGA tour in the United States, she was one of my favorites. At 36, Kangsy, one of the many talented Seoul Sisters, remains an active professional in Japan on the JLPGA. After the 2nd round of the 2012 Nichirei Ladies, Kangsy leads at 9-under. She surged into the lead with a brilliant 5 birdie, no bogey 67 in round 2. Soo-Yun is seeking her first JLPGA victory.
But this tournament is far from over as they move to the final round of this 3 round event. Right on Kangsy’s heels are Mi-Jeong Jeon and Kaori Ohe at 8-under. MJJ is an 18-time winner on the JLPGA with a victory at the 2012 Resort Trust Ladies at the beginning of June, so you know she knows how to finish a tournament. As great as Kangsy’s clean 5-under was in round 2, MJJ did her one better with a clean 6-under 66. Also matching Mi-Jeong Jeon with a 6-under of her own was 11-time JLPGA winner and top Japanese player on that tour, Chie Arimura. Although Chie’s round wasn’t clean (she had a bogey on the par 4 2nd), she fashioned a sensational end to her round with an eagle on the par 5 18th. Arimura went from even par after the 1st round and not in contention to 6-under after the 2nd round and in striking distance.