South Korea’s top long hitter on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour, Bang Shin-sil (19), is in contention for another title after taking the lead on the first day of competition.메이저사이트

Bang reacts after making a par putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the KLPGA Tour’s E1 Charity Open at Seongmunan Country Club in Wonju, Gangwon Province, on Saturday./KLPGA

Bang Shin-sil shot a 4-under 68 with five birdies and one bogey in the first round of the E1 Charity Open (total prize money of 900 million won) at Seongmunan Country Club (Par 72-6602 yards) in Wonju, Gangwon Province, on Saturday. Bang is tied for the lead with Ji Han-sol (27) and Kim Min-sun (20). She is one stroke ahead of Yoo So-yeon (33) and Park Ji-young (27), who are tied for fourth at 3-under par.

Bang showed off her longest shots of the day, including 293.3 yards on No. 1 (par-4, 404 yards) and 292.2 yards on No. 7 (par-4, 405 yards). On the 16th hole (par-5, 545 yards), he strategically hit a 3-wood tee shot that traveled 283.9 yards for birdie. “I thought it would be tough today because I had a cold and wasn’t feeling well, but I felt good with my shots and putts,” he said. “The fairways are narrow and the rough is long, so it’s important to stay in the fairways.”

Bang finished 40th in last year’s seeding and has been playing on both tours this season. At the KLPGA Championship on March 30 and the NH Investment & Securities Ladies Championship on March 14, she was part of the championship group on the final day of the tournament, narrowly missing out on victory by finishing tied for fourth and tied for third, respectively. On the 19th, she was eliminated from the Doosan Match Play Championship after a group stage overtime.

“I’m trying to do my best in every tournament,” Bang said, “and I’m confident that even if I have to go back to seeding or the second tour, I’ll be able to overcome it.” “It’s a bit of a burden, but I’m grateful for the attention,” she said, adding, “I’m trying to work harder.”

Choi Hye-jin, 24, a second-year player on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour, played her first KLPGA Tour event in Korea in a year and a half. Playing in a group with Bang Shin-shil, she finished tied for 12th (2-under par). “I had heard a lot about her, so I was curious, but I was surprised to see that she had a good short game as well as distance,” said Choi, who won the KLPGA Tour title for three consecutive years from 2018-2020. “I felt like I needed to work harder.”

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