Past Winners (Notables) A Yean Cho 2019 Ji Hyun Kim 2018 Jeong Eun6 Lee 2017 Su Yeon Jang 2016 Bo Kyung Kim 2015 Min Joung2 Lee 2014 Sei Young Kim 2013 Hyo Joo Kim 2012 Hee Kyung Seo 2009 He Yong Choi 2008 ( Beat out So Yeon Ryu for Rookie of The Year)
If Hee Jeong Lim is goofing off in the U.S. this week, my advice is don't go home. Surprised that Eee Da Yeon chose not to shoot the lock off her wallet for airfare to Jeju Island.
Big Mama Ahn is in the field. I thought she was planning a comeback on the JLPGA, but it might be more practical to stay in Korea when you have twins and if traveling to and from Japan is still a big pain in the azz. The KLPGA roster says National Beef (HQ in Kansas City) is her new main sponsor. What's that about? I went to its website and they have no locations outside of the U.S., but I assume they sell to Korea. Maybe they sell to one of her past cap sponsors, MOS BURGER.
Speaking of Lotte, I assume one of its KLPGA players will get invited to Hawaii in mid-April, but no invitee names are posted on the LPGA website yet.
What's up with Minji, I wonder? Skipped Chevron - where she was eligible (and could have hung with her fancy dinner buddy Hee Jeong) - and now skipping first KLPGA event of the year! Strange.
Update - seems Minji has COVID "Park Min-ji (24), who won the prize money, grand prize, and multiple victories last season with a whopping six wins, canceled the tournament due to COVID-19, and Lim Hee-jung (22), who was ranked second in the prize money last year, played US women's professional golf for two weeks in a row. After participating in the LPGA) tour, he will return to Korea and compete in the tournament starting next week to control his physical condition."
Is there any information on how quit and who lost their tour cards in 2022? For example, last years rookie 이새희 (spelling?) is missing from this event and her sponsor last year is on 조은혜.
One notable that lost her card is Jeongmin (Cecelia) Cho Seung Hyun Lee didn't play much last year and got Married. Not sure if she lost her card (Medical) or retired. Ji Hyun2 Kim hasn't played in a while.