Another great Korean amateur on the rise. 15-year-old Hyo Song Lee repeated as champion at the Korean Women's Amateur this week.
What's really impressive is not just that she has won this event two years running. In the final round this year, she shot a 62, breaking the 18-hole record of 63 previously held in this event by Seo Yeon Kwon, who currently plays on the KLPGA. Her 19 under par total broke the all-time total score as well, which was previously 16 under and held by Hae Ran Ryu.
Among those she crushed this week were Min Sol Kim, who shot 9 under and finished t-4th but ten shots behind Lee, and Yeji Park, who has recently played as an amateur on the KLPGA. She was second place, 8 shots back.
This event is now in its 47th year, and has produced a plethora of future pro stars among its winners, including Jin Young Ko, Hae Ran Ryu, Youmin Hwang, Sei Young Kim, Hee Won Han, Jeong Jang, Eun Hee Ji, Hye Jin Choi and Jiyai Shin.
Since she was in elementary school, Lee's nickname has been "The second Inbee Park". Keep an eye out for her in the future, she's bound to make more noise!
Apparently Hyo Song Lee is now considered the top Korean amateur, knocking Min Sol Kim down to second place. This is according to an article I read about the Simone Cup, which said as much. Both players will be in the field for that event in December.