Kim Su-ji (27) and Lee Ye-won (20) compete for the championship once again at the OK Financial Group Shotman Open (total prize money of 800 million won) on the Korea Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour.
The OK Financial Group Shotman Open, the 24th tournament of the KLPGA Tour in the 2023 season, will begin for three days starting on the 15th at the Club 72 Country Club Haneul Course (par 72) in Jung-gu, Incheon.
Kim Su-ji, who won her first win of the season at the Hanwha Classic last month, is ready to defend her title.
Suji Kim said, “I am preparing for the competition with even more excitement as it is my first time participating in the competition as a defending champion in a long time,” and added, “My shooting feel and condition have improved a lot since my first win this season, so I am trying to play with confidence.”
He continued, “It’s been a while since a tournament was held at Club 72 Country Club, and although it is a good course, I remember that the strategy was difficult. “I plan to carefully check the strategic points during practice and pay a lot of attention to course management during the competition,” he said of his strategy.
Lee Ye-won, who was part of the 5th generation of the ‘OK Golf Scholarship Student’ and competed with Kim Su-ji for the championship last year, but unfortunately ended up in runner-up, is also considered a strong candidate for the championship. Yewon Lee has two wins this season and remains first in her prize money rankings and grand prize points. In particular, she is determined to exceed 1 billion won in prize money through this competition for the first time this season.
Yewon Lee said, “It was a competition I wanted to win as an OK Golf scholarship student, but I was disappointed that I finished second last year,” and added, “This year, I am working hard to make up for the shortcomings so that I can shake off last year’s disappointment.”
He continued, “I recorded a good result of second place in the two competitions I participated in recently, but I was disappointed that I fell a little short of winning. “I will try to play with a little more concentration when competing for the championship,” he pledged.
Attention is also focused on what kind of performance Lee Jeong-eun (27), who is active on the American stage, will show when she participates. Lee Jeong-eun attracted attention by winning the second round of this tournament in 2017, setting the record for the lowest score in an 18-hole KLPGA tour with 60 strokes at 12 under par.
Lee Jeong-eun said, “I am preparing with excitement because it is a competition that brings back many good memories. “The course has changed, but I want to make good memories in this competition as well,” he said. “I feel good about my shots and my condition is good, but my results are not that good, so I hope that in this competition, I can make good shots during the game as well as during practice.”메이저사이트
He continued, “I have lost a lot of confidence this season because the results did not come as well as I prepared, but I hope to regain a lot of confidence through this competition. “I will show my best as I play in front of domestic fans for the first time in a long time,” he said.
In addition, Soyeon Ryu (33), who is active on the LPGA tour, and Sakura Morikawa (38), a legend who recorded 23 wins on the Japan Ladies Professional Golf (JLPGA) tour, will also participate in the KLPGA tour stage for the first time in six years and show off a shot competition in front of domestic fans.
Watching the performance of players from the ‘OK Golf Scholarship’ is also a major point of observation. Park Hyun-kyung (23) and Lim Hee-jung (23), who are from the second generation of OK Golf Scholarship students, are aiming for their first win this season, while Hwang Yu-min (20) and Bang Shin-sil (19), who are from the fifth class, are ranked first in Rookie Award points, and Kim Min-byeol (19) is the winner. Despite his absence, he is determined to speed up the competition for the Rookie of the Year award.
In addition, Kim Min-sol (17), a recommended amateur player and a 6th scholarship student who is about to participate in the Hangzhou Asian Games, and Yang Hyo-jin (16) and Lee Hyo-song (15), who were selected as 8th scholarship students last week, will show their energetic play in front of domestic golf fans.
In addition, Hong Ji-won (23), Jeong Yun-ji (23), and Lee So-mi (24), who are at the top of the prize money and grand prize point rankings, also voted. Previous winners of the competition, Jo A-yeon (23), Kim Si-won (28), and Jang Han-do (31), will also participate.