Green on the 18th hole at Namseoul CC, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 7th. The moment Chan-Min Jeong, a monster long hitter called ‘Yon-Rahm of Korea’, putt disappeared into the hole, a huge cheer from the cloud crowd resounded throughout the golf course. The GS Caltex Maekyung Open, the ‘Masters of Korea’, to welcome after taking off the mask for the first time in four years since the COVID-19 pandemic. To appease the regret that the third round of the tournament on the 6th was canceled due to rain, a great gallery gathered on the last day, and as if in response, the top golfers showed hot shots.
The GS Caltex Maekyung Open, which is considered by professional golfers as the ‘most desired tournament’, was established as an international competition in 1982 and has been held up to the 42nd tournament without a single interruption despite the IMF foreign exchange crisis, the global financial crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic. lost.
In addition, it was a stage to reaffirm the status of ‘Korea’s Masters’ by other tournament officials who visited the stadium to cheer for the top golfers and to watch the tournament, which was held without a single accident even in the ‘cloud spectators’.
As a representative golf tournament in Korea, various records were poured out.
Starting from the first tournament as an international competition, Korean players have succeeded in winning the record for 19 consecutive years at the GS Caltex Maekyung Open, which is currently co-hosted by the Korea Golf Association (KGA) and the Asian Tour.
At the GS Caltex Maekyung Open, where players from 13 countries including the U.S. and Japan participated in the first tournament, foreign players have won 13 times. After Kim Joo-heon, a Korean-Japanese, became the first champion in the first tournament, Taiwanese and Filipino players took the championship cup for seven consecutive years. However, after Mark Calcavecchia (USA) won the championship cup at the Lakeside Championship in 2004, the trend of winning foreign players was cut off.
In terms of competitions held at Namseoul CC, no foreign player has worn a green jacket since 1995 by Brandt Jove (USA).
The ‘impregnable’ record of the GS Caltex Maekyung Open, which has a 42-year history, is still standing. Heavy rains harassed the players even with bad weather and cold weather to the extent that the third round of the tournament was canceled.
First of all, the ‘Namseoul CC 2nd consecutive victory’ did not come out this year either. The GS Caltex Maekyung Open was held at Namseoul CC unless there was a special reason. In the 42-year history of the tournament, it has been held 33 times at Namseoul CC.
Lee Tae-hee won the championship at Namseoul CC in 2019, and then moved to Elysian Gangchon CC for a while in 2020 due to Corona 19, and succeeded in winning two consecutive victories in the tournament held.
The challenge to ‘win the first tournament three times’ was also postponed to next year.
The GS Caltex Maekyung Open has been held as many as 42 times so far this year, but there is not a single player who has achieved ‘three wins in total’. Park Sang-hyun, Lee Tae-hee, and Kim Bio, who challenged the record this year, burned their will to win, but unfortunately failed.
In addition, the most stroke win in history is ‘8 strokes (Kim Gyeong-tae, 2011)’, and the most stroke reverse win is ‘6 strokes (Kim Jong-deok, 1994)’. The record for the lowest score in 9 holes was not broken. 2001 winner Choi Kwang-soo cut 8 strokes by catching 1 eagle and 6 birdies in the 9 holes in the second half of the first day of the tournament. The lowest stroke in 9 holes this year was 6 under par recorded by amateur Cho Woo-young on the final day.안전놀이터
Cloud Gallery completed the ‘Korean Masters’ by tasting the ‘Charcoal Bulgogi Lunchbox’, a specialty of Namseoul CC after a long time. Since 1986, there has been a long line to taste the charcoal-grilled grilled meat lunchbox, which has been served on weekends during the competition.
Shim Won-hee, who visited Namseoul CC with her parents, said brightly, “On the last day of the holiday, the rain stopped, so I brought my parents. My parents love it so much when I eat bulgogi full of the scent of charcoal in the cool outdoors. I feel like I’ve shown filial piety ahead of Parents’ Day.” He seemed to be smiling.
The ‘Gift Festival’ that decorated the splendid end of the GS Caltex Maekyung Open was also popular. On the green of the 18th hole, where Casper and Ping Golf’s full set and set of irons were played, each time the lottery number was announced, there was a sigh of regret, but warm applause was also poured out towards the ‘prize champion’ with a car in his arms.