The 24th tournament of the KLPGA’s 2023 season, the OK Financial Group Eatman Open (total prize money 800 million won, winner’s purse 144 million won), will kick off at Club 72 Country Club (Par 72, 6713 yards) in Jung-gu, Incheon, on July 15.
Since its inception in 2010 as the Rush & Cash Charity Classic, the tournament has gained popularity for its various donation programs and attractions.
In addition to the inaugural champion, Kim Hye-yoon (34), the tournament’s winners have included top Korean and international players such as Kim Ha-neul (35), Jang Hana (31), Lee Min-young 2 (31), Park Sung-hyun (30), Lee Jeong-six (27) and Kim Ah-rim (28). In 2019, Cho A-yeon won her first Rookie title, and in 2021, Kim Hyo-joo (28) came from behind to win the title.
Now in its 13th year and rebranded as the OK Financial Group Women’s Open, “Autumn Queen” Kim Soo-ji (27), who won the Hanwha Classic 2023, will defend her title.
“It’s the first time in a long time that I’m competing as the defending champion, so I’m even more excited,” said Kim. “My shot and condition have improved a lot since my first win this season, so I’m looking forward to playing with confidence.”
Lee Ye-won (20), who battled Kim Soo-ji for the title last year before settling for a runner-up finish, also had a strong showing. With two wins this season, Lee is now atop the money list and the Women’s Grand Prize points standings. With this tournament, he hopes to surpass KRW 1 billion in prize money for the first time in the 2023 season. “As an OK Golf Scholar, this was the tournament I wanted to win, but I was disappointed to finish runner-up last year. This year, I tried to make up for it,” Lee said.
Also competing will be U.S. golfer Lee Jung-six (27). She won the 2017 edition of this event in the second round with a 12-under-par 60 to set the KLPGA Tour’s 18-hole record for lowest stroke total.
Lee said, “I’m excited to play in this tournament because I have a lot of good memories. The course has changed, but I hope to make good memories at this tournament as well,” Lee said. “My confidence is low because I haven’t gotten as many results as I prepared for this season, and I hope to regain a lot of confidence through this tournament.”
Yoo So-yeon (33) and JLPGA Tour legend Sakura Yokomine (38), who has 23 wins on the JLPGA Tour, will also be making their first appearance on the KLPGA Tour in six years and will compete in a shot-for-shot battle in front of domestic fans.
Former OK Golf Scholars Park Hyun-kyung (23) and Lim Hee-jung (23) will be looking for their first wins of the season, while fifth-year players Hwang Yoo-min (20) and Bang Shin-sil (19) will be looking to boost their chances of winning the Rookie of the Year award in the absence of Rookie of the Year points leader Kim Min-byul (19).
Sixth-year scholar Kim Min-sol (17), who will be competing at the Hangzhou Asian Games as an amateur recommendation, and Yang Hyo-jin (16) and Lee Hyo-song (15), who were selected as eighth-year scholars last week, will also showcase their talents in front of Korean golf fans.
Hong Ji-won (23), Jung Yoon-ji (23), and Lee So-mi (24), who are at the top of the money list and the Women’s World Tour points standings, are also in the running. Previous winners Cho A-yeon (23), Kim Si-won (28), and Jang Ha-na (28) will also compete in a shot-off to recreate their glory.
There are also a number of special prizes up for grabs for the players.
To start, the winner will receive KRW 144 million in prize money, as well as a Crème de la Crème jewelry set and a Harrison Taylor suit voucher. The player who breaks the course record will be awarded 3 million won in cash.
The first player to record a hole-in-one on the par-3 fourth hole will receive a Frederique Constant Manufacture Tourbillon watch worth KRW 33 million, while the eighth hole will feature a 1-carat Shindonga Golf diamond worth KRW 10 million. In addition, a Duciana Premium Bed Set worth 40 million won will be awarded at the 12th hole and a Volkswagen Golf Prestige worth 40 million won will be awarded to the first player to score a hole-in-one at the 16th hole.메이저사이트
The organizers, who are at the forefront of ESG management, will not operate the gallery parking lot to create an eco-friendly golf tournament, and will provide free shuttle buses from subway stations near the tournament site. In addition, the organizers will sell some teeing ground advertising boards to raise money for scholarships.