INFORM: Casino?s Michelle Ellis, seen here in a file picture, has shot back into professional golfing prominence with a ninth p
INFORM: Casino?s Michelle Ellis, seen here in a file picture, has shot back into professional golfing prominence with a ninth p

Ellis? New York comeback

By IANMONAGHAN and AAP

THE LPGA Corning Classic that ended in New York yesterday (AEST) had it all: A hole-in-one helping South Korea's Jimin Kang to a two-stroke win over world No.1 Annika Sorenstam, but more to the point for Northern Rivers sports-watchers, it marked a return to form by Casino-born pro Michelle Ellis.

Ellis, who hit-off for yesterday's final round six off the pace, finished the same way ? six strokes behind the winner, in a share of ninth place.

It was her best performance of the year, achieved with blistering finish of 67 and 69 for the final two rounds.

Meanwhile, Kang aced the 15th hole just moments after a deflating bogey en route to a six-under-par 66 and a 15-under total of 273 to claim her first LPGA title.

Sorenstam, ailing with a cold all week but still in the hunt for another win, made a late charge with three birdies over her final seven holes and finished with a 69.

CORNING, New York (AFP). ? Leading final scores here yesterday from the $A1.45 million LPGA Corning Golf Classic (USA unless noted): 273 - Jimin Kang (KOR) 69-70-68-66

275 - Mee Lee (KOR) 69-71-68-67, Annika Sorenstam (SWE) 69-68-69-69

277 - Moira Dunn 70-68-71-68, Hee-Won Han (KOR) 74-69-62-72

278 - Karine Icher (FRA) 70-66-68-74, Liselotte Neumann (SWE) 72-69-69-68, Sung Ah Yim (KOR) 70-69-70-69

279 - Michelle Ellis (AUS) 71-72-67-69, Sophie Gustafson (SWE) 66-73-72-68, Rosie Jones 71-71-69-68

280 - Dorothy Delasin 71-71-67-71, Natalie Gulbis 72-69-71-68, Sherri Turner 66-71-74-69

281 - Nancy Harvey (CAN) 71-69-72-69, Brittany Lang 71-71-69-70

283 - Jill McGill 74-70-68-71 Other Scores

290 - Joanne Mills (AUS) 70-71-78-71

295 - Lindsey Wright (AUS) 75-72-76-72

296 - Katherine Hull (AUS) 76-70-76-74



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