Plagued by torrential rains on Friday, the opening round was canceled when only 21 players had completed play and two inches of rain saturated the less-than-two-year-old Gillette Ridge Golf Club course, flooding tees and rendering the course unplayable. That left Tour officials with no choice but to reduce the tournament to a 36-hole event.
And that gave Kim, a second-year member of the Futures Tour, the chance to slog her way into the lead heading into Sunday's final round.
'Today, my shots were straight, straight, straight even though this morning, I hit them everywhere [on the practice tee] and thought this would be a bad day,' said Kim, 21, of Incheon, Korea. 'This course is very hard with many hazards.'
Maybe so, but Kim carded four birdies and two bogeys and finished the day with minimal damage compared to the rest of the field in the event presented by Lincoln Financial Group. After today's round, only nine players carded rounds of even-par 72 or better on the 6,340-yard Arnold Palmer design. Quick greens and soggy ground kept players guessing throughout the round and when wind kicked up in the afternoon, scores soared and hopes plummeted.
Posting rounds of 1-under-par 71 were Seon-Hwa Lee of Chonan, Korea and Tour veteran Bo Mi Suh of Seoul, Korea. Lee, in her second season on the Futures Tour, carded six birdies, two double-bogeys and a single bogey en route to her hard-fought sub-par round. Suh had a less dramatic round with two birdies and a single bogey. Like Suh and Lee, Kim is seeking her first Futures Tour win, but all three players know their lead is tenuous with 2005 winners Jenny Gleason and Lori Atsedes breathing down their collars at even-par 72.