Yoo Ji-na (21) won the 6th round of the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) MC Square-Gunsan CC Dream Tour (total prize money of 100 million won).
Yoo Ji-na recorded a total of 16 under par 200 in the final 3rd round of the tournament held at Gunsan Country Club (par 72) in Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do on the 26th, and tied with Lee Seon-yeong (23) to advance to overtime.
They had a close match going all the way to the fourth hole, and as a result, Eugene won. Lee Sun-Young missed a birdie putt of about 7m, and Yoo Ji-na made a 1.5m birdie to claim her first win since her pro debut.
Eugena said of her, “I am really happy that this is her first win since her professional debut. She didn’t even think about winning, but she let go of the burden and she hit calmly, and it seems that good results followed,” she said.
Continuing, Yoo Ji-na said, “In fact, she had a really hard time because her grades were not good until the 3rd round of the Dream Tour. She was to the point where her love for golf declined, but after the third round, her mother told her that she was ‘you’re still young, so do whatever you want to do’. After hearing her mother’s words, she felt much more at ease, and to her surprise, her grades began to show up from the 4th game. I think this victory is all thanks to her mother,” she thanked her mother.
Yuji Na, who debuted on her 2022 KLPGA tour as the second-placed former seed in the regular tour in 2021, realized her wall. She competed in 28 tournaments, passing the cut only 7 times, and her money standings also ranked 87th, failing to earn her a seed.
Yoo Ji-na, who failed to advance to the final round of seed rankings, sweated hard to return to the regular tour last winter. Yoo Ji-na said, “My goal was to win the Dream Tour and return to the regular tour. I achieved one goal by winning today,” he said, expressing his aspirations by saying, “I will improve the technical part a little more and win one more championship in the second half, and aim for the Dream Tour prize money king while giving up.”안전놀이터
With this victory, Yoo Ji-na added 15 million won in prize money and rose 31 places vertically to second place in the prize money rankings with a season prize of 19,063,500 won. The first place in prize money is Lee Seon-yeong (approximately 21.2 million won), who lost in overtime to Yoo Ji-na.