‘Striking 300 Yards’ Rookie Bang Shin-sil, joint leader in 3R with major player Lee Da-yeon
Rookie Bang Sin-sil (19) and ‘major powerhouse’ Lee Da-yeon (26), who easily hit a 300-yard long hit, are the first major tournament of the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour 2023 season Chris F&C 45th KLPGA I had a chance to win the championship (total prize money of 1.3 billion won).
In the third round of the tournament held at the Lakewood Country Club (par 72) in Yangju-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 29th, Bang Shin-sil scored 4 under par 68 with 1 eagle, 5 birdies and 3 bogeys.
Bang Sin-sil, who recorded a total of 9 under par 207 strokes until the third round, was tied for the lead with Lee Da-yeon. She finished tied for third in the group by two strokes.
Bang Sin-sil is 173 cm tall and has a strong physique, and long hits and aggressive play are her strengths. Her average driving distance was around 250 yards, but thanks to training to increase her driving distance throughout the winter, she is hitting over 297 yards in this tournament.
He was an ace who served as the captain while serving as a national team member for three years from 2020 to 2022. He shared his national team life with Kim Min-byeol (19) and Hwang Yu-min (20), who are active as KLPGA tour rookies this year. In October of last year, he turned pro and passed the KLPGA regular member selection, and played the seed ranking match in November, but only ranked 40th. Due to the low ranking, even Bang Sin-sil did not return to the regular tour, and he was active in the Dream Tour (Part 2).
I was fortunate enough to participate in this competition. The number of participating players increased from 120 to 132, giving the room a chance to participate.
Bang Shin-sil did not miss the luck that came to her in her first tournament on the KLPGA tour as a professional. He tied for the lead from the first round, and he is in fierce competition to win the championship until the third round. If you win this tournament, you can participate in all the remaining tournaments this season and secure a 3-year seed on the KLPGA Tour until 2026. It is possible to record the first rookie championship this season, beating strong Rookie of the Year candidates Kim Min-byeol and Hwang Yu-min.
Bang Sin-sil missed the par putt and bogey putt at a distance of 1m on the 9th hole (par 4) the previous day and wrote down a four putt double bogey and seemed to have lost the pursuit power, but in the third round, as if he had forgotten the nightmare of the previous day, he caught the attention of the fans. played a catch game.
The scorecard was ‘dynamic’, showing his aggressive nature. Bang Sin-sil, who caught consecutive birdies in holes 1 (par 5) and 2 (par 3), put his second shot on the green in hole 7 (par 5), then put a 5.6m eagle putt at once and rose to the lead. .
He regretted not being able to reduce his at-bats in the second half. Bang Sin-sil alternately recorded 3 birdies and 3 bogies in the 9 holes in the second half. After his shot fell into the water on the 15th hole (par 5) and wrote down the bogey, he caught consecutive birdies on the 16th hole (par 4) and 17th hole (par 3) and took the lead by two strokes. However, in the last 18th hole (par 4), she had to be satisfied with her tee shot going into the woods on the left and taking it out to the fairway.
Lee Da-yeon, a “major powerhouse”, reduced 3 strokes by combining 5 birdies and 2 bogeys, and tied for the lead with a total of 9 under par 207 strokes. He underwent wrist ligament surgery last year and had an ordeal of being out of season in the second half of the year. In April of this year, he returned to the field after 9 months and competed for the championship in four tournaments. ㅋㅋㅋ벳
Lee Da-yeon, who has a total of 6 wins on the KLPGA tour, won two major tournaments by winning the 2019 Kia Motors Korea Women’s Open and the 2021 Hanwha Classic. If he wins this tournament, it will be his 7th win in a year and 7 months since the Hanwha Classic.
Park Gyeol (27), who took the sole lead in the second round, fell to tied for third place (7 under par, 209 strokes) as he failed to reduce the number of strokes that day. Lee So-young (26) and Choi Ye-rim (24) also tied for third place.
Song Ga-eun (23), Jo A-yeon (23), and Son Ye-bin (21) tied for 6th place (6 under par 210 strokes), while defending champion Kim A-rim (28) tied for Lee Ye-won (20), Hwang Yu-min (20), and Han Jin-sun (26). and tied for 9th place (5 under par 211 strokes).
On the other hand, the third round held on this day was delayed due to poor progress such as rainwater pooling on the green due to heavy rain, but all players finished the game around 7:00 pm.