Hyunkyung Park, ‘Good Start’ in Vietnam… ‘Winner’ in the last competition

Park Hyun-kyung showed off her fierce shot in Vietnam following Singapore. It is a pleasant start to shake off the sadness of a draw in the last tournament of the year.  

Park Hyun-kyung made 5 birdies and 1 bogie in the first round of the Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour PLK Pacific Rings Korea Championship (total prize money of 700 million won) held at Twin Doves Golf Club (par 72) located in Binh Duong Province, northern Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the 16th. and shot a 5-under-par 67. Park Hyun-kyung jumped into the race for the title from the first day, placing in a tie for third place, one stroke behind Madasom and Ko Jiu, who were joint leaders at 6 under par.  

Park Hyun-kyung was considered the strongest candidate for the championship in this competition. This is because she unfortunately ended up as the runner-up in the opening game in Singapore last week. Park Hyun-kyung planned to go out on the final day in a tie for second place by one stroke in this tournament, but as the final round was canceled due to bad weather, she missed the chance to win the come-from-behind victory. Park Hyun-kyung passed the cut in all 27 competitions in the 2022 season, and showed steady performance by entering the top 10 only 8 times, including two runner-ups. She did but she never had a championship. She, Park Hyeon-kyung, recorded her career win three times, but her runner-up was more than doubled, with seven, and there were many unlucky moments.  안전놀이터

Ahead of this tournament, Park Hyun-kyung, whose goal was to “do better than last week”, seized the opportunity to blow away the runner-up regret. Park Hyeon-kyung put her accurate iron shot at the forefront and continued her par streak until the 6th hole (par 5), then she made 3 consecutive birdies on the 7th to 9th holes (above par 4) and rose to the lead group at once. Even in the second half, she added her birdies on the 11th hole (par 5) and 14th hole (par 3), and she chased up to Som by 1 stroke for each lead, but she unfortunately lost her in the 15th hole (par 4). The first bogey was recorded and the rise was broken. However, on the last 18th hole (par 5), she easily caught a birdie and finished happily.  

Lee So-young, who swallowed regret as runner-up in the opening game in Singapore along with Park Hyun-kyung, also kept her shot feeling the same. Lee So-young caught only 5 of her birdies without a bogey and took the challenge to win alongside Park Hyun-kyung. Ma Som and Go Ji Woo, who tied for the lead with a 6 under par 66, went on the hunt for their first win in her debut. Madasom caught 6 birdies without a bogey, and Ko Ji-woo drove 5 birdies only in the second half and tied for the lead with 6 under par 66 strokes side by side with 6 birdies and 1 bogey. Lee So-young also caught only 5 of her birdies without her bogey, and tied with Park Hyun-kyung for third place. Six players, including Lee So-mi and Lee Seung-yeon, tied for 5th place at 4 under par. 

Ahn So-hyun, who returned to the first part tour after three years and raised expectations, stayed in the bottom ranks with a 4-over-par 76 and was in danger of missing the cut. Amateur golfer Kwak Ye-bin missed the cut according to the so-called 88-stroke rule, realizing the high wall of a pro with a 17-over-par 89. The 88 stroke rule stipulates that an automatic cut-off is made when a score of 16 over par or higher is recorded in the standard par number of 18 holes in each round.