Queen Sirikit Cup: Korea dominates final round to win 23rd cup
The winning team from Korea (New Zealand Golf Photo)
The winning team from Korea (New Zealand Golf Photo)

Korea’s golfing pedigree was on full display during the final round of the 44th Queen Sirikit Cup at Clearwater Golf Club, capturing their 23rd title in dominant fashion.

Soomin Oh, Hyosong Lee, and Shihyun Kim combined for an incredible 11-under today to seal an impressive victory, finishing nine-under for the championship, seven shots ahead of Japan, who played amazing golf to steal second place from Australia, with the hosts New Zealand finishing fourth.

Christchurch put on a stunner for the final day’s play, which the players took full advantage of. 17 of the 36-strong field shot even par or better, highlighting the change in conditions from the first three days, where even-par rounds or better were unusually scarce for a field of this caliber.

With the individual win, Oh jumps from No. 69 to No. 50 in the Golfweek/ Women's Rankings.

Oh shot a scintillating 7-under 65 to win the individual honors, combining with Shihyun Kim, who carded a 4-under 68.

Despite winning the individual trophy, the highest-ranked player in the field says it was more important to win as a team.

“I played really well alongside my teammates, and we worked really well as a team, which is why we were able to produce a great result.

“We were encouraging each other, and we all believed that we could win. We tried really hard to enjoy the game today and not put pressure on ourselves. We trusted each other a lot.”

Today’s victory was Korea’s 14th title in the past 16 years, an accomplishment the Korean team captain Seehoon Chang is extremely proud of and highlights the depth Korea has in the golfing landscape.

“I’ve been captain for more than 10 years now, and our team has managed to win about half of these events. I have a lot of confidence in these girls – this is their second time in the national team and they’ve been very good. I had a lot of confidence in them.

“Women’s golf in Korea is really strong. The other countries that are here are really great and it’s awesome that Korea keep producing great golfers to compete against the best players in the world. Lots of the girls have turned professional, but they all seem to meet at the LPGA events. That’s one of the reasons our girls practise hard so they’re able to compete with the best in the world.”

The Japanese team combined well to finish their tournament strongly, finishing two-under-par after shooting eight-under today.

They’ll look to stop the Korean juggernaut at home in 2025.

Results: Queen Sirikit Cup
1KoreaSoomin OhKorea70076-73-69-65=283
2AustraliaSarah HammettAustralia50074-67-76-70=287
3KoreaHyosong LeeKorea40076-71-72-70=289
4KoreaShi Hyun KimKorea40074-72-76-68=290
5New ZealandVivian LuNew Zealand40076-74-69-72=291

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Also known as the Amateur Ladies Asia-Pacific Invitational Team Championship. Teams of 3 players representing 15 different countries play 72 holes of stroke play competition.

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