Kim Min-byul (19), a rookie on the Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour, reduced 8 strokes on the first day of the Mediheal/Hankook Ilbo Championship (total prize money of 1 billion won) to rise to the lead by 3 shots.
In the first round of the tournament held at Ferrum Club (par 72, 6652 yards) in Yeoju, Gyeonggi Province on the 13th, Kim Min-byeol caught 8 birdies without a bogey and shot 8 under par 64. He started in the afternoon group and made birdies on the 2nd and 7th holes of the out (East) course, followed by consecutive birdies on the 10th and 11th holes of the second (West) course. Afterwards, he cut another stroke on the 13th hole to take the lead, and from the 15th hole onwards, he made three consecutive birdies.
He missed a birdie putt on the 18th hole, which he said after the game was ‘conscious of the course record’. He said, “I wasn’t greedy to make a birdie. But before the putt, if the caddy recorded a birdie this time, he said he would break the course record, so I think I was conscious of it without even knowing it.”
Although this is the second event this year, various women’s competitions have been held on this course with a high level of difficulty. In 2015, Lee Min-young 2 hit 8 under par 64 in the second round of the 37th KLPGA Championship, and last year’s winner Park Ji-young also tied the course record with 8 under par on the first day.
Kim Min-byeol playing a tee shot [Photo = KLPGA]
Kim Min-byeol’s caddy is Seo Jeong-woo, a professional caddy famous for being the ‘Queen Maker’. She was the caddy of Kim Hyo-joo (28), who is active on the LPGA tour, and was also called the “100 million won annual salary caddy.” In addition to Kim Hyo-joo, she helped famous players such as Lee Jung-min and Oh Ji-hyun win the championship.
Caddy Seo is trusted by the players for his thorough course analysis and skillful game management. What the caddy said before the last putt could have been a burden for a rookie to accept. But some players do better when they hear that.
Kim Min-byul said that the caddy helped her overall. He said, “He filled in a lot of the rookie’s lack of experience, and he lacks the know-how to navigate the course, but he is receiving a lot of help in that area.”
Kim Min-byeol, who debuted on the tour last year while serving as the top seed in the KLPGA Tour, tied for 6th at the Lotte Rent-a-Car Women’s Open held in Jeju Island last week, posting the best performance among rookies.
He said, “Since the shot feeling is not bad since the last tournament, if the putts follow well, the number of strokes will be reduced considerably in the remaining games.” .
mi (28) and Noh Seung-hee (23), who said,메이저사이트 “I wrote down my bogey with greed in the last par 5 hole,” tied 6 birdies and 1 bogey each to score 5 under par. He is tied for second with a 67.
Park Hyeon-kyung (23) is 4th with 4 under par 68 strokes, and Park Min-ji (25), who won the KLPGA Tour prize money and most wins for the second consecutive year, is tied for 5th with Lee Ga-young (24), Ha Min-song (27), and Park Do-eun (25) with 3 under par 69 strokes. . Lee Ye-won (20), who won her first win at the Lotte Rent-A-Car Women’s Open last week, is tied for 9th place with a 2-under 70 stroke.
Kim Se-young (30) and Ryu So-yeon (33) of Mediheal, who are active on the LPGA tour, tied for 17th with a 1-under 71. Park Ji-young (27), who is defending her title, is tied for 37th with an even par. Out of 120 players, Jang Ha-na (31) finished last with a 13-over-par 85.