Pak Claims the Kroger Yet Again


Se Ri Pak pulled through down the stretch to successfully win the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic for the third time in four years.
The winner of this event in 1998 and 1999, Pak birdied the 17th and 18th holes Sunday to shoot 68 and end at 15-under-par 269, two strokes better than Maria Hjorth, who closed in 64 at the Highland Meadows Golf Club.
I really like the golf course, town and tournament, said Pak, who earned $150,000 with her victory. Theres nothing more I can say.
Had it not been for an untimely bogey at the par-5 17th, it may have been Hjorth with the trophy at days end. She played an otherwise flawless round.
I played so well, said the Swede. I hit one bad shot the whole day.
Hjorth was referring to her approach third at No. 17. Following a wayward drive, she was forced to lay up short of the green; her sand wedge third from 104 yards came up short into a bunker, from where she was unable to get up-and-down.
Playing behind Hjorth, Pak then birdied the 17th to move two clear of Hjorth.
Hjorth immediately responded, however, making another birdie at the closing 18th, but Pak countered with a closing birdie of her own for 68 and the win.
With her title, the native of South Korea now has three wins for the season, as well as a record three wins at the Kroger.
Of her dominance in recent times in Sylvania, Oh., Pak simply stated: Its a lovely, great, wonderful city. I feel comfortable here. I have real good memories of the golf course and the town.
Full-field scores from the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic