Seo Yeon-jeong Makes History with First Victory After 260 Games in KLPGA Tournament

Seo Yeon-jeong Wins KLPGA Tournament for First Time in Her Career

By Kim Yong-seok, Sports Reporter

Seoul, September 3, 2023 – Seo Yeon-jeong made an impressive breakthrough in her career by securing her first victory at the KLPGA tournament. After participating in 260 competitions, Seo Yeon-jeong emerged as the player with the longest wait for her first win in the history of the tournament.

Debuting in 2014, Seo Yeon-jeong reached new heights by clinching the top spot in her career after 260 tournaments. The KLPGA Tour’s 12th KG Ladies Open, held at Suning Point Country Club in Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, witnessed her remarkable performance in the third round. Scoring 3 strokes with 5 birdies and 1 double bogey, Seo Yeon-jeong finished with a total of 14 under par 202 strokes.

During the final round, Seo Yeon-jeong showed great resilience as she maintained par on the first hole of the extension. This tied her with Roh Seung-hee, who had also dreamt of winning her first championship after 260 tournaments. Eventually, Seo Yeon-jeong prevailed, claiming the victory and taking home the winning prize of 144 million won.

With this win in her 260th tournament, Seo Yeon-jeong now holds the record for the most tournaments played before achieving her first victory on the KLPGA tour. The previous record was held by Ahn Song-i, who had won in her 237th tournament. Seo Yeon-jeong, who finished as the runner-up in 2014, has come close to victory five times before, including a second-place finish in the E1 Charity Open earlier this year.

Seo Yeon-jeong’s first championship victory was a touching moment as she stood alongside her proud parents. Reflecting on her journey, she said, “In this, the 10th year of my tour, I had doubted if I would ever win a championship. It’s truly an incredible feeling to achieve this milestone in just 10 years. I’m still in disbelief. As I competed for the title, instead of shedding tears, I remained composed, understanding the emotions of players who couldn’t secure a win. However, there were tears welling up in my eyes.”

In the same tournament, Yumin Hwang finished in 3rd place with a score of 12 under par, while Minji Park, Jinhee Lim, Yerim Choi, Gabin Choi, and Jiwoo Koh tied for 4th place with 11 under par. Kim Su-ji, Lee So-mi, and Lee Ga-young shared 9th place at 10 under par. Ahn Seon-joo, Kim Jae-hee, and Park Bo-gyeom tied for 25th place with 6 under par.

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golf | 2023.09.03 16:54

[서울=뉴스핌] Reporter Kim Yong-seok = Here Yeon-jeong managed to win her first victory after ‘260 games in 259 games’, becoming the player who won the first victory after participating in the KLPGA tournament for the longest time.

Seo Yeon-jung, who debuted in 2014, reached the top for the first time in her career after 260 competitions. [사진= KLPGA]

Seo Yeon-jeong (26) scored 3 strokes with 5 birdies and 1 double bogey in the 3rd round of the 12th KG Ladies Open (total prize money 800 million won) of the KLPGA Tour held at Suning Point Country Club (par 72 , 6748 yards) at Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 3rd.

Seo Yeon-jeong, who recorded a final total of 14 under par 202 strokes, managed to maintain par on the first hole of the extension on the 18th (par 5) with Roh Seung-hee, who tasted the thrill of winning the first championship in the 260 tournaments of the regular tour. The winning prize is 144 million.

Seo Yeon-jeong, who reached the top in the 260th tournament, became the first player to win after playing the most tournaments on the KLPGA tour. The previous record was the 237th tournament held by Ahn Song-i (33). Seo Yeon-jung, who was runner-up in 2014, has only finished second five times so far, including the E1 Charity Open in May this year.

Seo Yeon-jeong stands with her parents for the first championship trophy in her life. [사진= KLPGA]

Seo Yeon-jung said, “This year is the 10th year of the tour, and I thought there would be no championships in the future. I’m so happy to have won the championship in just 10 years, and I still can’t believe it “I had subtle emotions because I was competing for the title. Instead of crying, I was calm because I knew the feelings of a player who couldn’t win, and I think I had tears in my eyes.”

In this tournament, Yumin Hwang placed 3rd with 12 under par, and Minji Park, Jinhee Lim, Yerim Choi, Gabin Choi, and Jiwoo Koh tied for 4th place with 11 under par. Kim Su-ji, Lee So-mi, and Lee Ga-young tied for 9th (10 under par), while Ahn Seon-joo, Kim Jae-hee and Park Bo-gyeom tied for 25th (6 under par).

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