Simply put, the domination continues…Korean ladies golf is once again at a level that far exceeds any other country. Here’s a recap of their 9 LPGA victories this year as well as a look at the KLPGA- the Tour that nurtures and produces this endless amount of young talent:
Nine victories on the LPGA Tour this year
Hyo Joo Kim
Sei Young Kim
Sei Young Kim #2
In Gee Chun
Hana Jang #3
But wait, what about Inbee Park??
Well the last time she played competitively, she became an Olympic Gold Medalist… Inbee Park has been out of action since then with a thumb injury, but you can expect to see her back on the top of leader boards throughout 2017
Is Sung Hyun Park ready for the LPGA transition?
Sung Hyun Park is the next KLPGA graduate to make the transition to the LPGA in 2017 and potentially could be a multiple Major winner next year- she really is that good. Her distance off the tee is quite remarkable considering her petite stature, but her all round game is very impressive. With such a strong contingent of Koreans already on the LPGA Tour it is expected that Park will adapt to life in the US very quickly and it is very possible that she will be world number one in the very near future.
How is the KLPGA so successful at continuously producing talented golfers?
Simply put, it’s down to complete dedication to the game. Endless hours practising and competing from an early age via the KLPGA Jump Tour and Dream Tour- two developments Tours that hold regular competitions to help the Korean ladies game both mentally and physically. At a young age Korean girls are introduced to the life of a golfer- from practice, to warm up, to coaching, and most importantly competing. The Korean ladies are continuing to dominate, and although they currently do not have a player in the world’s top 2, they have 8 in the top 15. It will come as no surprise that when Inbee Park returns from injury, she will be back on top, or maybe In Gee Chun, Hana Jang, Sung Hyun Park etc etc can…
Even though Sung Hyun Park has opted to join the LPGA, there’s no doubt that the KLPGA will be as competitive as ever in 2017 and more world class players will continue to emerge from this country. Long may it continue (thank you Seri!)