Kim Hoping for Repeat


COLUMBUS, Ohio ' The LPGA Tour returns to The Buckeye State for the second time this year with the same defending champion.
Mi Hyun Kim, who also defended at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic in Youngstown, Ohio, earlier this year, is back in the capital city to try and make it two in a row at the $1.1 million Wendys Championship for Children at Tartan Fields.
Standing just an inch above the five-foot mark, the pint-sized Kim packs some of the biggest punch on the LPGA Tour. She walloped her way around the elegant Tartan Fields design last year to the tune of an 8-under-par 208 total in the 54-hole event, finishing a stroke ahead of fellow Korean Hee-Won Han.
Posting back-to-back wins at the same event is never an easy thing to do, and a field of 144 strong will make that task even more taxing for Kim.
Past tournament champions Wendy Ward and Lorie Kane are in the field, as well as LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame member Juli Inkster. At 43 years old, Inkster, who is a mother of two, is currently fourth on the ADT Official Money List with two victories this season.
Also in the field is Rachel Teske, the quiet and unassuming Aussie who won back-to-back events earlier this year and has proven to be a formidable threat down the stretch. Four of her eight career wins have come in a playoff, and in three of those she topped world number-one Annika Sorenstam.
U.S. Womens Open champion Hilary Lunke and runner-up Angela Stanford will also be in Columbus. The two, along with Kelly Robbins, participated in a dramatic and memorable 18-hole playoff to decide the nations champion.
Lunke followed up Stanfords birdie on the final hole with one of her own, and in doing so, made her first LPGA win the U.S. Womens Open.
LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Famer Betsy King is scheduled to play, as well as young stars Laura Diaz, Beth Bauer, Natalie Gulbis and Cristie Kerr.
Eight rookies all eager for a large piece of the purse will also be is action at the Wendys Championship for Children at Tartan Fields.
Last year, Kim built a three-shot lead after two rounds, and nobody was able to catch her the final day. She played conservative, but heady golf, and her final-round, 1-over-par 73 was good enough to hold off Han, who closed with a 2-under-par 70 on the final day.
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