One young 22 year old from Incheon is looking forward to defending her title from the Korean Ladies Masters from November 5th – 7th. Hyun-Ji Kim will attempt to hold onto her title that she won just over 11 months ago at the co-sanctioned event between the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association and the Ladies European Tour.
Although she had won three earlier tournaments on the feeder tour, called the Dream Tour, this was Hyun-Ji’s first victory on the KLPGA. With the wins on that tour, she was given the chance to join the Ladies European Tour. She is now hoping to repeat her accomplishments early next month at the Haevichi Hotel and Resort on Jeju Island.
“I’s like to win again at the same tournament where I recorded my first win on the KLPGA Tour.” said Kim, who was 10th on the KLPGA Money List last season, but is struggling somewhat this year. “I think I can win again, because I already have done it before. I will make myself strong and steady with my mind. Everyone dreams of the very first win. Fortunately, my first win was on the Korean and European Tours so I could get a card for the Ladies European Tour. That was excellent. I didn’t do well this year. In the early season, I felt something was missing. As time went by. it was getting worse and I couldn’t get my confidence when I hit driver. I missed cuts after the summer, but now it’s getting better.”
Weather conditions were not terrific when Kim fired rounds of 69, 73, and 73 to make and then capture the play-off to capture the title last year.
“I want to remember the feeling from last year. I always try to be better and I need the champion’s trophy again! The only thing I can do is keep it simple, hit the ball straight a make some putts. I will do my best,” she said.
There is no doubt that Kim will be facing some pretty good competition when she goes after the title again. Some of the player she will be facing include No 1 Laura Davies, No2 Lee-Anne Pace and Melissa Reid, Trish Johnson and Karen Lunn. Reid was ranked third on the 2010 Henderson Money List.
The field will consist of 102 strong players. 45 from the LET, seven sponsor invitations and 50 players from the KLPGA.