Total prize money of 31.1 billion won. The 2023 season Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour, which boasts the largest prize money ever, kicks off in earnest through the Lotte Rent-a-Car Women’s Open (total prize money of 800 million won), the opening match in Korea.
Park Min-ji (25, NH Investment & Securities), who is emerging as a signboard of the KLPGA tour and is challenging three records this year, is on the hunt for victory from the first tournament.
The Lotte Rent-A-Car Women’s Open will be held at Lotte Skyhill Jeju Country Club (par 72‧6395 yards) in Jeju from the 6th to the 9th.
The KLPGA held two 2023 season competitions in Singapore and Vietnam in December of last year, and the full-scale season begins now.
A total of 120 players compete for the championship in the opening game in Korea. Park Min-ji, who won 6 wins on the KLPGA tour for 2 consecutive years and achieved 2 consecutive wins in prize money, Kim Su-ji (27‧ Dongbu Construction), the grand prize winner in 2022, and Lee Ye-won (20 KB Financial Group), the rookie of the year, will participate. Defending champion Jang Soo-yeon (29, Dongbu Construction) and Lee So-mi (24, Daebang Construction), who are strong on the Jeju stage, will also participate.
Among the 120 members, the most eye-catching name is, of course, Park Min-ji. Park Min-ji rose to her second consecutive prize money title by harvesting 6 wins each in 2021 and 2022 in a row.
Park Min-ji, who will play an active part in the KLPGA this year, will set out to challenge her new record. The most noteworthy milestone is the record for most wins in the KLPGA.
Park Min-ji has so far recorded 16 wins, aiming to break the record for the most wins (20 wins) held by the late former KLPGA president Ok-hee Koo and Ji-ae Shin. Considering the momentum of steadily posting 6 wins over the past 2 years, it is worth looking forward to this year’s renewal. 먹튀검증
In addition, he will challenge for the first place in the career prize money. Park Min-ji earned about 3 billion won over the past two years, earning a total of 5 billion 53.11 million won. He even came close to Jang Ha-na (31)’s highest prize money (5.76 billion won).
In addition, Park Min-ji won the prize money king again this year, challenging the third consecutive prize money king in 15 years after Shin Ji-ae from 2006 to 2008.
In order to get closer to the record, you have to finish the ‘first button’, the Lotte Rent-a-Car Women’s Open, in a good mood, and to do so, you have to break the ‘Jeju Jinx’. Park Min-ji has participated in a total of 23 tournaments held in Jeju since her debut in the KLPGA in 2017, but she has never reached the top.
Park Min-ji’s competitor is Kim Su-ji’s first choice. Last year, Suji Kim won the grand prize title by showing off her steady skills by entering the top 10 17 times with two wins. Kim Su-ji, who sweated in Vietnam ahead of this season, is also aiming for the prize money title given to Park Min-ji last year.
I can’t ignore Lee So-mi, who only gets excited when she steps on the Jeju Island stage. Lee So-mi is strong in the ‘Jeju Island Tournament’ to the extent of reaching the top at the SK Networks·Seoul Economy Ladies Classic and S-Oil Championship held in Jeju last year.