Korean Min-Ji Park wins Australian Women's Amateur
Min-ji Park will return to play next month’s ISPS
Handa Women’s Australian Open – provided her
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The 18-year-old Korean played exemplary golf
today, beating compatriot Ayean Cho 6&5 in a
high class final to take the women’s Australian
Amateur crown in her first overseas trip.
With trophies in hand and speaking through an
interpreter, the shy Park said she’d have to call
home to take advantage of the biggest prize on
“I’m really looking forward to participating … but
I’ll have to ask Mum first,” she said.
“But I hope to be back, definitely.”
Park was nothing short of brilliant throughout the
final, extending her 1-up 18-hole lead with yet
more birdies in her second abbreviated round.
She made 10 birdies in 31 holes, for an unofficial
score of eight under that was just too sharp for
Cho to match in the long run, despite her own
rash of first-round birdies.
“I was happy to make that many birdies. My
putting was good and I think that was the
difference,” Park said.
So deep is the Korean talent pool that Park, in her
first national squad appearance, wasn’t in the four
players nominated to play for the Ross Herbert
International Team Trophy on offer this week.
The team of Hye-jin Choi, Hyun-kyung Park,
Young-woong Kim and Sung-ho Park were
victorious in that event.