Park Min-ji (23, NH Investment & Securities, photo), who had confirmed the prize money and multiple wins in the 2021 season of this year’s Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour, won three gold medals amidst the embarrassing situation of deciding the grand prize even after losing the cut in the final match of the season.
On the 13th, in the second round of the SK Shielders and SK Telecom Championships, the last tournament of the KLPGA tour held at Raviebel Country Club Old Course (par 72) in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, on the 13th, Park Min-ji hit a 1-over par 73 and was eliminated with a 3-over par 147 in the middle. . However, second place in the grand prize points, Lim Hee-jung (21, Korea Land Trust) also failed to pass the cut with a 4-over par 148, so Park Min-ji confirmed the grand prize. With this, Park Min-ji took the grand prize from the prize money (1.515.74 million won) and the multi-winner (6 wins).
Park Min-ji became the first player in KLPGA tour history to exceed 1.5 billion won in season prize money, and became the fourth player to win six or more wins on the KLPGA tour after Shin Ji-ae, Park Sung-hyun, and Seo Hee-kyung. In particular, Minji Park swept the championship six times, including two consecutive wins in 11 competitions in the first half of the year. However, in the 14 tournaments he participated in, he was unable to add a trophy, and unfortunately failed to set the expected most wins (9 wins) in the season.
“My score this year is 94. Park Min-ji, who said, “I lost one point for every cut I missed,” said Park Min-ji, “When I debuted, I thought that I could win once, but it’s like a dream because I got three gold medals.”
Meanwhile, the winner of the final match of the season that ended on the 14th was Yoo Hae-ran (20, SK Networks). In the final round, Yoo Hae-ran shot a 3-under-par 69 with 5 birdies and 2 bogeys, giving a total of 11-under-par 205 in the 3rd round, beating second-placed Park Joo-young (31, Dongbu Construction) by 3 strokes, earning her 2nd win of the season and 4th overall. Yoo Hae-ran, who received 200 million won in prize money, finished the season with 5th place in the prize money ranking (79574 million won).
Also, Ga-eun Song (20, MG Saemaeul Geumgo), who tied for 14th place (1 under par 215 strokes) in this competition, was honored with the Rookie of the Year award this season. Song Ga-eun was the only rookie of the season to lift the trophy at the Hana Financial Group Championship on the 3rd of last month.
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