E1 Charity Open 1R
Park Min-ji is in the top 70 of the 1-over par
Prosthetic golfer Han Jeong-won 42 over par
“Golf is life…
Just because it’s hard today doesn’t mean it’ll be hard again tomorrow.”
|Ji Han-sol [KLPGA 제공]|
[헤럴드경제=조범자 기자] Hansol Ji and Hae Ran Hae took the lead on the first day of the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour E1 Charity Open. Park Min-ji, who is challenging for the championship three weeks in a row in 13 years, slumped to the top 70.
In the first round of the tournament held at South Springs Country Club (par 72) in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do on the 28th, Ji Han-sol wielded eight birdies without bogey and recorded an 8-under 64.
Last year, the rookie of the year, Yoo Hae-ran, combined one eagle, seven birdies, and one bogey, and also reduced eight strokes.
Hansol Ji, who earned her first victory at the ADT Caps Championship in 2017, is spurring her hunt for her first two wins in four years, as she recently climbed to the top of the Kyochon Honey Ladies Open, and finished third at the Doosan Match Play Championship last week.
Ji Hansol said, “Since last week’s match play, the feeling of shot has improved a lot, so I think it was good to attack with confidence.” “There are players who come out to win every tournament, but I personally think that I should hit 69, which is my goal. So I think it’s more fun to play, and I think that’s how I get better grades. I’ll play comfortably in the remaining rounds.”
|noxious eggs [KLPGA 제공]|
Yoo Hae-ran, who started off the first hole with an eagle, said, “I remember winning the first hole eagle on the first day of the second-hand federation competition when I was an amateur. It was my first eagle on the first hole after that.” “I had a good season last year, so I had a good season. I thought a lot about whether to supplement it. The goal was to supplement the physical part, and the high trajectory caused a lot of damage to the distance, so I tried to compensate for that part.”
Park Min-ji, who has emerged as a trend after winning the championship for two weeks in a row, lost one stroke to two birdies and three bogeys, and tied for 77th.
|Han Jeong-won [KLPGA 제공]|
Amateur Han Jeong-won (51), a prosthetic golfer who participated in this tournament as a recommended player, hit 42 over par 114 and stayed at the bottom, but finished the game to the end. Han Jeong-won cannot participate in the second round in accordance with the rules of the tournament ‘Automatic cut-off when a player records more than 16 over par in the 18-hole standard par for each round.
Han Jeong-won, a former physical education teacher, suffered a disability in his left leg in a car accident in 2013, and then turned into a golf player through sports such as tennis and rowing. In 2016, she placed second in the women’s division at the Japan Paralympic Open Golf Tournament, won the women’s division at the Australian Amputee Championships in 2018, the same year the women’s standing gold medal at the World Para Golf Championships, and placed first in the field golf individual event at the 2019 National Paralympic Games.
When asked if he plans to compete again in the professional tournament in the future, Han Jeong-won said, “Of course. There is no setback even if there are failures.” He said, “I set the goal of passing the selection for associate members for three years. I ran for one year and did well for the remaining two years and became an associate member. I want to become a member and play a round with the Champions Tour players.”
He continued, “Golf seems to be life. Sometimes it goes well once, it collapses on the next hole, and then recovers on the next hole.” He continued, “Though people with disabilities and other difficult people go through a difficult process, I know that better things will happen after it’s over.” I hope you know. Just because it’s hard right now doesn’t mean tomorrow’s hard. I too had a hard day today, but tomorrow will be happy again.”