Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour money list leader Lee Ye-won has a chance to win her third title of the season.
Lee carded eight birdies and two bogeys for a 6-under-par 66 in the first round of the OK Financial Group Women’s Open (total prize money of 800 million won) at the Club 72 Sky Course (par 72-6713 yards) in Jung-gu, Incheon, on Friday to take a share of the lead. Lee is in contention for her third regular tour title after winning the Lotte Rent-a-Car Women’s Open in April and the Doosan E&C Weave Championship last month.
Lee currently leads the field with $989.38 million in season earnings. Lee is also a former OK Golf Scholar, a golf scholarship program of the OK Financial Group affiliates.
After starting the day on the 10th hole, Lee picked up momentum with five birdies in the first half, including back-to-back birdies on the 13th through 16th holes. He had his ups and downs on the back nine, including his first bogey on the fifth hole (par-4) when his approach shot hit a sprinkler and bounced away, but he managed to stay on top of the leaderboard.
“As it got hotter, I lost about five yards from the beginning of the season, but after the two-week break, I regained a lot of stamina and am playing a little easier,” said Lee. “Today, I felt good with my shots and was able to cut down on my strokes.”
Moon Jung-min, who won the KLPGA’s second Dream Tour event two days ago, made six birdies without a bogey to share the lead. Moon, who plays on both the KLPGA Tour and the Dream Tour, has two wins on the secondary tour but no wins on the regular tour.
“Coming off a win on the Dream Tour, I had a good feel for the game. Last season, I was very impatient and had a tough season, but after winning, I thought I could do well,” he said, adding, “I will continue to do the same for the remaining rounds.”
Choi, Madasom, Kim Woo-jung, Ha Min-song, and Park Bo-gyeom were the only other seven players on the leaderboard, while six others, including Kim Ji-hyun, were one shot back in a tie for eighth (5-under 67). Park Hyun-kyung and Kim Hae-rim are tied for 14th (4-under 68), while 카지노 amateur Kim Min-sol, who is competing in the Hangzhou Asian Games, is tied for 21st (3-under 69).
Lee Jeong-eun, who plays on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour, finished at 2-under 70 and tied for 25th with Hwang Yoo-min and Lim Hee-jung. Defending champion Kim Soo-ji tied for 65th (even-par 72) and Yoo So-yeon tied for 88th (1-over par 73). Park, who won the KB Financial Star Championship last week for her third win of the season, and Park Min-ji, who has won the money list for the past two years, were not in attendance.