Weekend Sports Wrap Up
Michelle Wie fell a little short again in her quest for her first win. She actually led by 2 strokes after 11 holes in the final round but a costly bogey on 13 and solid birdies by veteran Karrie Webb did her in. Don't worry about her though, that elusive first win is coming. Did you know that she's finished in the Top 5 in 9 of her last 11 events? Not even Annika Sorenstam can say that! And did you see that muffed shot by Laura Davies at the tee on 16th? She hit her tee shot only about 70 or 80 yards and didn't even reach the beginning of the fairway! Amazingly, she muscled her 2nd shot out of there and ended up closer than both Michelle and Karrie on the green!
Young soccer phenom Natasha Kai, formerly of UH, scored another goal as a national team member this past Saturday against Canada and USA won 2-0. After receiving a long pass from the midfield on the right side, Kai tapped the ball to herself and shot it off of her right foot. The Canadian goalkeeper was able to block it but Kai took the rebound and kicked it in for a goal. It was the 5th goal in 8 international appearances for the super sub. It appears that her chances of making the national team roster for the upcoming woman's World Cup are pretty good!
Local boy golfer Dean Wilson finished with a strong 7-under 63 in the final round of the US Bank Championship to land in a tie for 9th place and earned a cool $104,000.00. Also finishing in a tie for 9th was South Korean golfer KJ Choi. The tournament was won by 46 year old Corey Pavin who hadn't won on the PGA Tour in 10 years!
Speaking of golf, the US beat the English/Irish team in the 2006 Curtis Cup. The Curtis Cup is a Ryder Cup type tournament held for amateur women. 3 of the 8 American team members are Korean American: Jennie Lee, Jane Park, and Jenny Suh. Congratulations!
In major league baseball, young Korean prospect Shin Soo Choo was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Cleveland Indians on 7/26/06 and promptly hit the game winning home run in a 1-0 win for Cleveland in his first game as an Indian 2 days later. Aw-right! Maybe he can be Korea's answer to a major league field player now that Hee Seop Choi has pretty much flamed out.
And finally in the NBA, 7'3" Korean center Ha Seung Jin was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Milwaukee Bucks. We'll see if he can get some decent PT behind last year's #1 Andrew Bogut.