I have no idea where this JLPGAer came from, but she's got some game, so I did some digging ... age 19, born July 3, 2001. She has no profile on the KLPGA website. This article explains her background:
Lee Ha-na was born in China, acquired Korean nationality, and is staying in Japan for her parents' business. I lived in Korea until my first year in high school. He finished 60th in the Qualifying Tournament (QT) and obtained the right to participate in this tournament. It is known that they are working closely with Jo A-yeon (20), who received the Korean Women's Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour Rookie Award last year, while practicing off-season.
Here she is with Iron Cho (right) in January ... I can't find an IG handle for Lee ... don't know if she has one ... it doesn't help that there are probably 100,000 people with the same name.
I watched her make par on the 1st and 6th holes during the final round of the Yupiteru - Shizuoka Shimbun SBS Ladies event, which prompted me to think that this swing has too much polish and class to be stuck in there with a bunch of scrubs.
She was in the next-to-last group and lost a couple of strokes on the front nine ... oh well, it's not her time yet, she's only 19, better luck next time, she can tee it up with the washouts next week. I stopped watching the video.
Well, holy s***, SHE WON!!! Picked up four birdies on the back, forcing a three-way playoff that lasted three holes ... scooped up ¥3,600,000 (about $34,431 USD). I'm guessing this doesn't affect her status on the big tour - for now. She finished 60th in JLPGA q-school last December. The next q-school will be after March 2021 - if she needs it.
I hope the photo links below work. She can throw that chintzy trophy into the back seat of her Toyota. I didn't know you can get new wheels by winning on the chump tour. She introduced herself in Japanese and then let daddy interpret her subsequent remarks. She's got a good setup in Japan and should forget about going back to Korea for any reason in the near future.
That swing ... and here's her winning putt. She missed a short on #18 during regulation, which forced a playoff.
Japan's big tour is off this week, but the Step Up tour will play The Chugoku Shimbun Chupea Ladies Cup on Sept. 23-25 ... no free broadcast this week. Chugoku Shimbun is a Hiroshima-based newspaper ... now that looks like a real newspaper in the hands of the most recent winner:
Live rogue broadcasts on YouTube are usually shut down quickly, but you're welcome to look via this search:
BTW, I did a news lookup on the Lee's win in the big three Korean search engines and found absolutely nothing. A blogger on Naver posted a report about it, that's it. Even the Korean Golf News IG has zilch, zip, nada.
The Unknown Korean opened with a 68 (-4) at the Fundokin Ladies scrub tour event (Nov. 10-12) and trails by one shot. I can't find any lengthy YouTube videos of Round One, just highlights ... thank you Internet Police. There's a lot of live TV for this ... in case somebody slips through the security buffer zone for the next two rounds, try this YT search:
That's her second playoff win this year on the Step Up tour (4 holes this time), worth another ¥3,600,000 (no car this time). No highlight videos posted yet on YouTube. So far, I haven't found an article explaining the one-shot penalty on Nozomi Uetake.
FYI - Fundokin Shoyu Co. Ltd. is an old established firm that makes these products: Soy sauce, miso, dressings, sauces, vinegars, raw soy sauce and miso bases, kabosu citrus vinegar, meat sauces, noodle sauces, yuzu citrus pepper paste, etc.
Not one word on the Korean Golf News IG and not one Hangul character in the golf news section of naver.com .... maybe The Unknown Korean can pick up a spare sack from The Unknown Comic.
Final round highlight video ... I already knew The Unknown Korean had a beautiful swing, but check out that putting stroke. She is completely frozen in place after impact ... didn't move until the ball hit the bottom of the cup. BTW, she's playing on Japan's big tour next week.