Park Into Semifinals in World Match Play


NARITA CITY, Japan -- Grace Park destroyed Yuri Fudoh 6-and-5 Saturday to earn a spot in the semifinals of the Ladies World Match Play Championship at Narita Golf Club.
Hee-Won Han advanced to the semifinals thanks to a 5-and-4 victory over American Rosie Jones in the quarterfinals' first match. Han will face Midori Yoneyama in the next round as Yoneyama had little trouble dispensing of Kelly Robbins, 4-and-3.
Carin Koch won the only close match Saturday as she bested Michele Redman 2-and-1. Koch, who is 7-0-1 in her Solheim Cup career for the European team, will face Park in the final semi-final match Sunday.
The 32-player field featured 16 players from the LPGA Tour and 16 players from the Japan LPGA Tour (JLPGA). The players were ranked by their current position on each tour's money list and the top players from the LPGA met the bottom players from the JLPGA and vice versa.
Park captured the second hole to go 1-up but essentially put the match away later in the front nine. She won three holes in a row, starting at the sixth, to get 4-up as the duo made the turn.
Park, who currently ranks 13th on the LPGA Tour's money list, took the 10th and 11th holes to go 6-up. The pair halved the next two holes to give Park the lopsided victory.
Park will face Koch Sunday as the Swede's match against Redman was the only one to extend past the 15th hole. Koch flew out of the gates with two wins in her first four holes but Redman rebounded.
Redman took the fifth and eighth holes to square the match but Koch took command on the back nine. Koch won the 11th and 14th holes to go 2-up however, Redman cut the lead to 1-up with a win on the par-3 16th.
Koch won the 17th hole to take the match and add to Redman's match-play woes. Redman was 5-up with five holes to play in her Sunday singles match against Suzann Pettersen at the Solheim Cup in September but lost the last five to earn a halve.
In the Han/Jones match, there were only two halved holes on the front side. Han jumped out to the 1-up lead at the first but Jones answered with a win at No. 3. Han won the fourth and fifth holes to go 2-up until Jones cut the lead in half with a win on the sixth.
Han, 14th on the money list thanks to three runner-up finishes in 2002, increased her lead late on the front nine when she took the seventh and eighth holes to go 3-up. The players halved the first two on the back nine but Han won No. 12 and iced the 5-and-4 victory with a win at the par-4 14th.
Han will take on Yoneyama, the 14th ranked player in the tournament from the JLPGA. Yoneyama and Robbins traded wins over the first four holes until Yoneyama won the sixth hole to go 1-up.
The pair halved holes seven through nine before Yoneyama won the 10th to get 2-up. She took the 12th and 13th holes to build a big lead and after halves at 14 and 15, Yoneyama earned a berth in the semifinals.
Sunday's action will feature the two semi-final matches with the final coming later in the day. The winner will pocket $153,000.
Results from the Cisco World Ladies Match Play Championship