South Korea’s top prospect, Song Min-hyuk (19), won the PGA Korean Tour Qualifying Tournament for next year’s Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour. Song shaved four strokes off his score in the final three rounds of the tournament on Sunday at Gunsan Country Club Tournament Course (Par 72) in Jeonbuk, South Korea, to finish with a 9-under par 207 tota l.The tournament was scheduled to be played as a four-round, 72-hole event, but the previous three days were not completed due to heavy rain and the tournament committee decided to play 54 holes to determine the standings.
Song, who represented his country from 2021 until this year, was a junior powerhouse who won 15 titles as an amateur, including the Light Goryeul Jungheungbae Amateur Championship in May. He turned professional in July and made four invitational appearances on the KPGA Korean Tour, as well as competing on the KPGA Srixon Tour to prepare for his full debut. He tied for 19th place at the Genesis Championship, a ‘special event’, and was recognized for his quality. “I will play for the Rookie of the Year title next year,” said Song Min-hyuk. “I think I need to improve my course management to become a competitive player. I also need to improve my physical strength, so I plan to do a lot of weight training during the off-season.”
Ko In-sung, Hwang Do-yeon and Choi Ho-young tied for second place by two stroke s.Lee Dong-hwan, 36, the 2006 Japan Professional Golf Tour Rookie of the Year and the first Asian player to win two titles on the Japan Tour before becoming the first Asian to be accepted into the United States Professional Golf (PGA) Tour Qualifying School in 2012, finished tied for 25th (even-par 216) and will look to make a comeback on the KPGA Korean Tour next year .Ko Seok-wan, the 2018 NS Home Shopping Gunsan CC Jeonbuk Open champion, tied for 30th (1-over par 217) and Lee Ji-hoon, a two-time winner on the KPGA Korean Tour, 슬롯사이트 tied for 32nd (2-over par 218), both returning to the Korean Tour next year.