‘Desert Fox’ Im Hee-jeong and ‘KLPGA Rookie of the Year’ Kim Min-byul will be wearing the Korean flag in Asia-Pacific’s only national competition.
They, along with Hwang Yoo-min, Lee Da-yeon and Lee So-young, will compete in the Simone’s Asia Pacific Cup at Pondok Indah Golf Course in Jakarta, Indonesia, starting on Nov. 21. This is the second edition of the event after last year. There are 58 players from 16 countries, including Korea, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines. The ‘battleground’ is the site of the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, Jakarta. The prize pool is $550,000 for individuals and $200,000 for teams. Both the individual and two-person team competitions will be held simultaneously. Last year, Princess Mary Superior (Philippines) won the individual event and Yoo So-yeon and Lee Bomi won the team event.
Korea will be counting on Hwang Yoo-min, who won the event last year. She is the No. 2 rookie on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour, having won the Daewoo Women’s MBN Women’s Open this year. “Last year, when I participated for the first time, I felt the course was very difficult. I felt that the course was very difficult when I participated for the first time last year, and I wanted to play well if I could play one more time,” said Hwang. “I am honored to have the opportunity again, and I will try to make a good performance as it is my second challenge.” He was joined by Lee Hyo-song, No. 1 in the Korea Golf Association (KGA) amateur rankings, and Kim Min-sol, No. 2.
Thailand, which has recently emerged as a golfing powerhouse, followed up with a strong win. Former World No. 1s Ataya Thittitjer and Jaravee Boonchant, as well as this year’s LPGA Tour Portland Classic winner Shanetti Warnersen, will be in the field. Japan is represented by Nasa Hataoka, who has six career wins on both the Japan Ladies Professional Golf (JLPGA) Tour and LPGA Tour.
The tournament is organized by the Asian Golf Leaders Forum (AGLF). The AGLF was launched in 2020 with the vision of developing women’s golf in the Asia-Pacific region. South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia. It is composed of 14 organizations (KGA and KLPGA in Korea) from 13 countries, including India, Myanmar, and Singapore. 토토사이트