Se Ri Pak tries to envision a shot yesterday at Highland Meadows in the first round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. The four-time champion can certainly see herself with another trophy after opening with a 63 and having been in the 60s in 25 of 39 rounds at the Meadows. She takes a two-shot lead into the second round today.
The answer is $118,722.
What is the second-place prize in this week's Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic?
If yesterday's first round was any indication, that is what the rest of the field may be chasing - along with the exhaust fumes of four-time champion Se Ri Pak - for the next three days at Highland Meadows Golf Club.
Pak, a four-time winner in this LPGA event, got a good head start on title No. 5 by carding an 8-under-par 63 for a two-shot lead.
It was the lowest first-round score in Farr Classic history and, in three of her four Farr victories, Pak's best round didn't come until the second or third round at the Meadows.
"I always feel great about this golf course, "Pak said. "I am really comfortable because I've won so many times and [have] so many great memories about it. Maybe that's why my game is more solid [here].
"Before I came here I already felt good about it, and since I got here I feel really great about it. I'm still very excited to play this event every year."
The South Korean, who earlier this year qualified for the LPGA Hall of Fame (she will be inducted in November), holds a two-shot lead over Alena Sharp, a second-year player from Canada whose 6-under 65 was her second lowest round since joining the tour. Sharp shot a 63 on May 27 at the LPGA Corning Classic.
In third place is another South Korean named Pak, this one 20-year-old rookie Jin Young Pak, who fired a 4-under 67 in just her sixth round as an LPGA player.
Se Ri Pak, who began her round on No. 10, got her lone bogey of the day out of the way on that first hole, then made easy work of the Meadows.
Using 9-iron approaches on Nos. 11 and 12 and a wedge on 13, she finished each by sinking birdie putts from 12 to 15 feet. A six-footer for bird dropped her to 3-under on 18, and she added five more birdies on her final nine holes with more red-hot putting. Those on Nos. 3, 6 and 9 came on 12 to 15-foot putts. She sank a 20-footer on No. 2 and a 25-footer on No. 8.
Se Ri Pak knows how to draw a crowd at Highland Meadows. The four-time Farr champ leads everyone after the first round.
Pak has now shot in the 60s in 25 of her 39 rounds here, and is a composite 102 strokes under par at the Sylvania course for an average round of 68.38.
The 63 matched her third best round at Highland Meadows. She had a second-round 61 and a third-round 63 en route to first title here in 1998, and a second-round 62 was part of her win in 2001.
It was the first round in the 60s for "the other Pak," no relation to or acquaintance of Se Ri.
Jin Young Pak has completed a full event only once, the 54-hole MasterCard Classic in Mexico in March, and has won just $2,706 in her brief career. She withdrew during either the first or second round in her other three tour events before yesterday.
"I was lucky a couple times today," Jin Young Pak said. "And then I had a couple of bad shots. But I was lucky. I had a [back] injury a couple of months ago, so I didn't play [for] two months. So, I can't believe that I played that good."
Defending Farr Classic champion Mi Hyun Kim, also from South Korea, posted a 3-under 68 to include herself in a four-way tie for fourth with Morgan Pressel, Carri Wood and South Korean Aram Cho. Thirteen players are tied at 2-under.
"After nine holes the wind was very gusty," said Kim, who teed off at 9:20 a.m. "I was a little bit confused. But 3-under is good."
Se Ri Pak, who began her round on the 10th tee at 9 a.m., benefited, like the rest of the morning groups, from playing early enough to miss most of the swirling winds that developed later.
The best rounds produced in the afternoon groups came from Wood and Cho, who teed off at 1:20 and 1:40 p.m., respectively. Wood recorded birdies on her first four holes before the winds put an end to that momentum.
"That's just luck of the draw sometimes," Wood said. "You can't control Mother Nature. The first four holes were good. It was nice to get off to that start. My short game saved me.
"[The wind] really seemed to pick up on my fifth hole, and it just seemed to stay pretty consistent and solid the whole time. It was swirling at times, which made it tough."
After Wednesday's Pro-Am, Se Ri Pak predicted that 15-under would be a likely winning score, factoring in the superb course conditions and fair weather.
With the 63 already under her belt, does she care to amend her Farr forecast?
"Fifteen's a pretty good number," Pak said. "I shot 8-under today, but you can go [up to] 2-under. It depends on who goes really low the next couple days. But I'm still keeping that [15-under prediction]."
If Pak does win again at the Farr Classic, she would become only the third player in LPGA Tour history to claim victory five times at the same tournament.
Annika Sorenstam has done it twice, winning five straight times at the Mizuno Classic (2001-05) and taking five titles at the Samsung World Championship (1995-96, 2002, 2004-05). Mickey Wright, who took five championships in the Sea Island Open (1957-58, 1960, 1962-63), is the other.
"There's still three rounds to go and you never know," Pak said. "Hopefully I have as great a round as I had today the next three days."
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Tee No. 1
7:30 a.m.: Seo-Yeon Jeon, Ji-Young Oh, Kristy McPherson.
7:40 a.m.: Sherri Turner, Kim Saiki-Maloney, Maru Martinez.
7:50 a.m.: Clarissa Childs, Kathryn Imrie, Virada Nirapathpongporn.
8:00 a.m.: Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Kelly Cap, Yu Ping Lin.
8:10 a.m.: Sae-Hee Son, Aram Cho, Heather Daly-Donofrio.
8:20 a.m.: Kristi Albers, Angela Jerman, Sophie Giquel.
8:30 a.m.: Lisa Fernandes, Katie Futcher, *Stacy Lewis.
8:40 a.m.: Na On Min, Lindsey Wright, Jimin Kang.
8:50 a.m.: Diana D Alessio, Sherri Steinhauer, Silvia Cavalleri.
9:00 a.m.: Joo Mi Kim, Michele Redman, Hye Jung Choi.
9:10 a.m.: Amy Hung, Jeong Jang, Beth Bader.
9:20 a.m.: Pat Hurst, Julieta Granada, Dorothy Delasin.
12:10 p.m.: Meaghan Francella, Wendy Ward, Nancy Lopez.
12:20 p.m.: Morgan Pressel, Stacy Prammanasudh, Angela Park.
12:30 p.m.: Brittany Lincicome, Natalie Gulbis, Se Ri Pak.
12:40 p.m.: Paula Creamer, Nicole Castrale, Laura Davies.
12:50 p.m.: Mi Hyun Kim, Brittany Lang, Cristie Kerr.
1:00 p.m.: Kate Golden, Tracy Hanson, Lee Ann Walker-Cooper.
1:10 p.m.: Jamie Hullett, Song-Hee Kim, Michelle Ellis.
1:20 p.m.: Erica Blasberg, Sarah Huarte, Soo Young Moon.
1:30 p.m.: Aree Song, Michelle McGann, Allison Hanna-Williams.
1:40 p.m.: Jacqueline Yang, A.J. Eathorne, Irene Cho.
1:50 p.m.: Barb Mucha, Natalie Tucker, Kris Tschetter.
2:00 p.m.: Dina Ammaccapane, Minea Blomqvist, Nancy Scranton.
Tee No. 10
7:30 a.m.: Cindy Pasechnik, Paige Mackenzie, Jenna Daniels.
7:40 a.m.: Ashleigh Simon, Mikaela Parmlid, Marcy Hart.
7:50 a.m.: Sun Young Yoo, Linda Wessberg, Carri Wood.
8:00 a.m.: Siew-Ai Lim, Brooke Tull, Eva Dahllof.
8:10 a.m.: Meredith Duncan, Sophia Sheridan, Charlotta Sorenstam.
8:20 a.m.: Joanne Morley, Kris Tamulis, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman.
8:30 a.m.: Becky Iverson, Jill McGill, Jane Park.
8:40 a.m.: Beth Daniel, Jin Joo Hong, Lorie Kane.
8:50 a.m.: Becky Morgan, Christina Kim, Gloria Park.
9:00 a.m.: Christa Johnson, Reilley Rankin, Teresa Lu.
9:10 a.m.: Giulia Sergas, Angela Stanford, Il Mi Chung.
9:20 a.m.: Karin Sjodin, In-Kyung Kim, Charlotte Mayorkas.
12:10 p.m.: In-Bee Park, Katherine Hull, Soo-Yun Kang.
12:20 p.m.: Rachel Hetherington, Janice Moodie, Leta Lindley.
12:30 p.m.: Meg Mallon, Jennifer Rosales, Heather Young.
12:40 p.m: Jee Young Lee, Wendy Doolan, Meena Lee.
12:50 p.m.: Laura Diaz, Seon Hwa Lee, Kyeong Bae.
1:00 p.m.: Moira Dunn, Mhairi McKay, Jackie Gallagher-Smith.
1:10 p.m.: Nina Reis, Stephanie Louden, Kim Hall.
1:20 p.m.: Jin Young Pak, Na Ri Kim, Kim Williams.
1:30 p.m.: Riko Higashio, Kelli Kuehne, Sarah Lynn Sargent.
1:40 p.m.: Karine Icher, Hilary Lunke, Simi Mehra.
1:50 p.m.: Christi Cano, Jeann Cho-Hunicke, Alena Sharp.
2:00 p.m.: Audra Burks, Candie Kung, Danielle Downey.
At Highland Meadows Golf Club
Sylvania, par 34-37 71
Se Ri Pak 29-34 63
Alena Sharp 31-34 65
Jin Young Pak 34-33 67
Morgan Pressel 33-35 68
Mi Hyun Kim 33-35 68
Carri Wood 32-36 68
Aram Cho 32-36 68
Erica Blasberg 34-35 69
Dina Ammaccapane 33-36 69
Janice Moodie 31-38 69
Brittany Lincicome 34-35 69
Laura Diaz 33-36 69
Cristie Kerr 35-34 69
Lorie Kane 32-37 69
Christina Kim 35-34 69
Angela Stanford 31-38 69
Jeong Jang 34-35 69
Beth Bader 33-36 69
Mikaela Parmlid 33-36 69
Kristi Albers 32-37 69
Na Ri Kim 33-37 70
Jacqueline Yang 35-35 70
Candie Kung 35-35 70
Nancy Scranton 35-35 70
Rachel Hetherington 34-36 70
Seon Hwa Lee 35-35 70
Jimin Kang 34-36 70
Ji-Young Oh 31-39 70
Yu Ping Lin 35-35 70
Jane Park 35-35 70
Moira Dunn 35-36 71
Kim Williams 35-36 71
Karine Icher 31-40 71
Katherine Hull 34-37 71
Wendy Ward 34-37 71
Stacy Prammanasudh 38-33 71
Leta Lindley 34-37 71
Angela Park 35-36 71
Jee Young Lee 35-36 71
Nicole Castrale 37-34 71
Laura Davies 35-36 71
Kyeong Bae 33-38 71
Beth Daniel 36-35 71
Julieta Granada 34-37 71
Dorothy Delasin 34-37 71
Kelly Cap 35-36 71
a-Stacy Lewis 36-35 71
Aree Song 34-38 72
Allison Hanna-Williams 35-37 72
A.J. Eathorne 35-37 72
Irene Cho 35-37 72
Kris Tschetter 36-36 72
Minea Blomqvist 33-39 72
Meaghan Francella 34-38 72
Meg Mallon 34-38 72
Brittany Lang 33-39 72
Diana D'Alessio 35-37 72
Gloria Park 34-38 72
In-Kyung Kim 35-37 72
Charlotte Mayorkas 35-37 72
Cindy Pasechnik 35-37 72
Kristy McPherson 33-39 72
Sherri Turner 34-38 72
Marcy Hart 34-38 72
Virada Nirapathpongporn 34-38 72
Sophia Sheridan 36-36 72
Kris Tamulis 35-37 72
Sophie Giquel 37-35 72
Katie Futcher 34-38 72
Jamie Hullett 37-36 73
Kim Hall 32-41 73
Michelle Ellis 35-38 73
Soo Young Moon 37-36 73
Kelli Kuehne 35-38 73
Danielle Downey 36-37 73
Heather Young 34-39 73
Sherri Steinhauer 32-41 73
Michele Redman 36-37 73
Kim Saiki-Maloney 37-36 73
Linda Wessberg 37-36 73
Kate Golden 36-38 74
Jackie Gallagher-Smith 35-39 74
Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 37-37 74
Stephanie Louden 33-41 74
Song-Hee Kim 37-37 74
Audra Burks 36-38 74
Soo-Yun Kang 35-39 74
Jennifer Rosales 37-37 74
Joo Mi Kim 35-39 74
Amy Hung 37-37 74
Pat Hurst 37-37 74
Eva Dahllof 38-36 74
Angela Jerman 38-36 74
Jill McGill 36-38 74
Tracy Hanson 37-38 75
Hilary Lunke 35-40 75
Christi Cano 36-39 75
In-Bee Park 36-39 75
Natalie Gulbis 38-37 75
Paula Creamer 38-37 75
Wendy Doolan 36-39 75
Silvia Cavalleri 40-35 75
Hye Jung Choi 37-38 75
Giulia Sergas 37-38 75
Karin Sjodin 37-38 75
Ashleigh Simon 36-39 75
Kathryn Imrie 36-39 75
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 38-37 75
Brooke Tull 39-36 75
Vicki Goetze-Ackerman 37-38 75
Beth Allen 36-39 75
Nina Reis 34-42 76
Sarah Lynn Sargent 38-38 76
Barb Mucha 36-40 76
Jeanne Cho-Hunicke 36-40 76
Meena Lee 39-37 76
Na On Min 38-38 76
Lindsey Wright 36-40 76
Becky Morgan 37-39 76
Christa Johnson 38-38 76
Reilley Rankin 35-41 76
Paige Mackenzie 37-39 76
Maru Martinez 39-37 76
Charlotta Sorenstam 36-40 76
Heather Daly-Donofrio 37-39 76
Mhairi McKay 36-41 77
Simi Mehra 37-40 77
Seo-Yeon Jeon 37-40 77
Clarissa Childs 38-39 77
Siew-Ai Lim 37-40 77
Meredith Duncan 37-40 77
Lisa Fernandes 37-40 77
Sarah Huarte 37-41 78
Michelle McGann 39-39 78
Nancy Lopez 36-42 78
Sun Young Yoo 38-40 78
Jin Joo Hong 39-40 79
Jenna Daniels 36-43 79
Joanne Morley 38-41 79
Jennifer Gleason 38-42 80
Teresa Lu 39-41 80
Sae-Hee Son 40-40 80
Natalie Tucker 43-40 83
Il Mi Chung WD
Riko Higashio DNS
Becky Iverson DNS
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