Reporter Kwon Hoon = There are signs of a blast in the second year of the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour.
In the first round of the PLK Pacific Rings Korea Championship (total prize money of 700 million won), the second round of the KLPGA Tour 2023 season held at the Twin Doves Golf Club (par 72) near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the 16th, Madasom (23) and Ko Ji-woo (22) scored 6 under par. They shot a 66 and tied for the lead.
Madasom and Go Jiwoo debuted in the 2022 season.
In the Rookie of the Year race, Ko Ji-woo took 2nd place and Madasom took 3rd place.
The Rookie of the Year award was given to Lee Ye-won (19), but both received over 200 million won in prize money, and their potential was recognized.
Ko Ji-woo, who collected 295.12 million won in prize money, came in 27th, ahead of Madasom, who ranked 39th (224.27 million won). 71.932 strokes) beat Ko Ji-woo.
Madasom, who started the game first on the day, picked out 6 birdies without a bogey and finished the game first.
Three consecutive birdies on holes 6 to 8 and consecutive birdies on holes 13 and 14 stood out.
Madasom, who was late to turn professional for two reasons, after finishing his college studies, said he wanted to wear the national team Taegeuk mark, “I thought I would finish the first round with only par saves. “The green is steep, so I tried to send it to a place where I could make an uphill putt as much as possible when I shot an iron, but strategy was important,” he said.
Madasom, who feels that it is the last tournament of the year rather than the beginning of a new season, said, “I want to raise the prize money rankings for the new season by securing as much prize money as possible in this tournament.”
Ko Ji-woo, who was ordinary with 2 birdies and 1 bogey in the first half, showed explosive power by catching 5 birdies only in the second half. Ko Ji-woo made 3.8 birdies per round last season, earning him the nickname ‘Buddy Bomber’.
Ko Ji-woo said, “The green attack went well. I focused on making the par easy and attacked the green. When I tee-shot, my favorite distance of 120 to 130m remains.” I will play with that in mind first,” he said, promising to run a smart match.
Ko Ji-woo’s younger brother, Ko Ji-won (18), who made his debut match on this day, pulled out 7 birdies like his older sister, but hit 1 over par 73 with 2 double bogeys and 4 bogeys.
Ko Ji-woo said, “(Younger brother) have the same play style. Their good plays and mistakes are almost the same.”
Lee So-young (25), who finished runner-up at the Hyosung Championship held at Twin Doves Golf Club in 2018, tied for 4th in 2019, and tied for 2nd at the Hana Financial Group Singapore Women’s Open five days ago, hit a 5-under-par 67 to tie for 1st place. climbed to third place.
Lee So-young pulled out 5 birdies without looking.
Park Hyun-kyung (22), who also finished runner-up at the Hana Financial Group Singapore Women’s Open, also finished her first day in a tie for third place (5 under par 67 strokes) with Lee So-young. Park Hyun-kyung added her 1 bogey to her 6 birdies. 안전놀이터
Lee So-mi (23), who won two wins last season, also hit a 4-under-par 68, preparing to jump into her championship competition.
Kim Min-byeol (18), who predicted the birth of a “super rookie” by taking first place in the seed match, drew attention by tying 5 birdies and 1 bogie on the first day of her debut on the KLPGA Tour, recording a 4-under-par 68.
Lim Hee-jung (22), who was considered a strong candidate for the championship, had a rather heavy step with a 1-under 71 strokes. Lim Hee-jung had an uneasy start with 1 or 2 consecutive bogeys, but she made up for it with 3 birdies.
Ahn So-hyun (27), a popular player who returned to the KLPGA tour after 3 years, made 4 birdies, but poured out 2 double bogeys and 5 bogeys.
Kwak Ye-bin (23), an amateur who made a name for herself through social media activities, competed as an invited player, but was unable to play in the second round due to the ’88-par rule’ after hitting a 17-over-par 89.
The ’88 stroke rule’ is a rule that allows players to be eliminated from the next round if they score 16 over par or higher in 18 holes.
The KLPGA introduced it in 2010 to speed up the tournament and improve the performance of players.