YONEX golfer Hyo-Joo Kim is off to a terrific start on the Korean LPGA tour, claiming victory in the first tournament of the 2015 season, the Hyundai China Ladies Open (December 12th - 14th).
It was a close tournament for Hyo-Joo, as she was tied at first as the tournament entered its final day. However, with an iron shot that stood out from the rest, along with her stable drive, the first half of the final round saw her hit five consecutive birdies, sending her soaring into first place. Continuing to demonstrate a stable performance as the tournament drew to a close, the 19-year-old grabbed her first win of the season with a total of eight birdies, one bogey, for a seven-under 65 two stroke score in the final round. It proved to be an amazing end to the tournament, and an amazing start to her season.
The Hyundai China Ladies Open is the very first tournament Hyo-Joo won when she first turned pro in 2012, so it goes without saying that it occupies a special place in her heart. “I’m so happy to get my second win here! In 2015 I will be appearing in the US LPGA tour, so I want to maintain this level of performance and aim for victories on the US tour as well,” commented the young golfer. This first victory will surely give her the confidence she needs as she takes on the US LPGA tour.
Hyo-Joo’s 2014 season was nothing short of awe-inspiring. For starters, among her six victories, she achieved her first victory at a US LPGA major, coming in first at the Evian Championship. She’s also dominated the top of several rankings on the Korean LPGA tour, holding the most victories, sitting at the top in scoring average, having the most Top 10 finishes, and becoming 2014’s Money List leader.
With YONEX’s club and shafts by her side, Hyo-Joo is making remarkable progress as she sets her sights on a serious run at US LPGA tour. With YONEX backing her up, it will be exciting to see where she goes next.
Hyo-Joo Kim’s Gear
Shaft: REXIS KAIZA
Hyundai China Ladies Open Tournament Results
*Hyo-Joo’s photo taken at Korean LPGA Tour’s Kia Motors Korea Women's Open Championship