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