‘Tis the season for ‘Fall Queen’…Kim Soo-ji to defend title for second straight week
The “Queen of Autumn,” 27-year-old Kim Soo-ji, is the defending champion for the second week in a row.
Kim is the defending champion of the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour’s OK Financial Group Women’s Open ($800,000) at Club 72 Country Club (par-72) in Incheon on Sept. 15. She will also be the defending champion at the Hana Financial Group Championship (KRW 1.5 billion in prize money) next week at Bears Best Cheongna in Incheon.
Last year, he won the OK Financial Group Boxer Invitational at Serenity Country Club in Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do, and immediately followed it up with a victory at the Hana Financial Group Championship the following week for back-to-back titles. The OK Financial Group Park Se-ri Invitational will be renamed the Eatman Open this year.
In 2021, Kim won her first career title at the KLPGA Tour’s KGI Daily Ladies Open and followed it up with a victory at the Hite Jinro Championship. She also won two titles last year, making it two wins in a row. This year, after harvesting a trophy at the major event, the Hanwha Classic, it will be interesting to see if Kim can add to her record by winning two more events as the defending champion.
“This is the first time in a long time that I’m competing as the defending champion, so I’m preparing for the tournament with a lot of excitement. Since my first win this season, my shot feeling and condition have improved a lot, so I’m going to play with confidence.”
Along with the name of the tournament, the Women’s Open has also moved to Club 72 Country Club. “It’s a good course, but I remember it being tricky to play,” said Kim. When practicing, I’m going to pay a lot of attention to course management by carefully checking the attack points.”
Kim’s main challenger is Lee Ye-won, 20, who currently leads the points and prize money standings. Lee finished runner-up at last year’s Isman Open.먹튀검증
“As an OK Golf Scholar, I wanted to win this tournament, but I was disappointed to finish runner-up last year. This year, I’m trying to make up for my deficiencies so that I can shake off last year’s disappointment. I will try to play with a little more focus when competing for the championship.”
In addition to Lee, the tournament will also feature “Hot Six” Lee Jung-eun and Yoo So-yeon (33), who play on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour, as well as Japan Women’s Professional Golf (JLPGA) Tour legend Sakura Morikawa (JPN).