By Jeffery Armstrong
With Se Ri Pak's seventh-place finish, once again a defending Chick-fil-A champion fails to win back-to-back titles in this tournament. Pak hung around the leaders for the first two rounds, but fell back in the pack during third round action and couldn't catch up.
Han sinks a hole-in-one: Hee-Won Han sank the Chick-fil-A tourney's 11th hole-in-one on Hole 8 during third round action Saturday. The Korea native and 2001 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year sank the shot from 142 yards out. It was her first career ace. There hasn't been a hole-in-one at the Chick-fil-A since 2002 when Susie Perry and Luciana Bemvenuti both made one in the first round. There were also two holes-in-one in 1995 and 1998.
Reach out and touch someone: 2004 Chick-fil-A champion Jennifer Rosales was so happy after finally learning she had won that she took her cell phone and called her mother Lourdes, who's in Los Angeles. Rosales said her mother was pretty emotional about her first LPGA Tour victory.
"My Mom started crying. She had wanted to see me win my first tournament in person," Rosales said.
Celebration: Rosales said her hobby is to "shop till you drop" and will do that with some of her prize money.
"I can't wait to get back to L.A. and go shopping; I'll take my Mom with me," Rosales said.
Not bad: Mardi Lunn of Australia, who filled in when Val Skinner withdrew from the Chick-fil-A, finished with a score of 290 (+2) during the tournament.
A delay-free event: Despite major rainfall in the final round and moderate rain in third round action, play was not delayed or suspended at the tourney due to inclement weather for the first time in three years.
"I woke up this morning thinking that we were going to have delays and I was thinking I didn't want to drive here early and get out here and wait for two hours and stuff," said Atlanta resident Rosie
Jones, who finished tied for second in 2004. "But, sure enough, they said we were going on time. With the golf course playing as long as it was, wet and windy usually isn't my forte. I'm just pleased with what I came out of the tourney with."
Last year, the start of the Chick-fil-A first round was delayed 4 1/2 hours because of rain and in 2002, the first round was suspended due to severe thunderstorms.