The battle for the “Most Improved Rookie” award is far from over. Bang Shin-sil (19, KB Financial Group) has fallen out of contention, but the battle between Kim Min-byul (19, Hite Jinro) and Hwang Yoo-min (20, Lotte) is expected to continue until the season finale.
Bang shot a 4-under 68 in the final round on the final day of the SK networks-Seoul Economic Ladies Classic on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour at Finks Golf Club in Seogwipo, Jeju Island on Monday. With a final total of 4-under-par 284, Bang finished tied for fourth and earned 130 Rookie of the Year points to remain in third place in the standings (2169).
Despite finishing higher than Kim Min-byul and Hwang Yoo-min, who tied for ninth (3-under par), Bang’s chances of winning the Rookie of the Year award were dashed as she was unable to close the points gap. The gap to first-place Kim Min-byul (2,767 points) has widened to 598 points, making it impossible to overtake. She still has 580 points to win the remaining two competitions.
“I didn’t compete in many events at the beginning of the season, so I approached the season with my mind set on the Rookie of the Year,” said Bang. “We’ve been teammates since the national team, so I was proud to compete with them. I hope both of them will show good performances in the remaining two events.”카지노사이트
The race for Rookie of the Year came down to a two-way tie between Kim Min-byul and Hwang Yoo-min. The two tied for ninth place and accumulated 113 points, leaving a gap of 220 points between them and second-place Hwang Yoo-min (2547 points). It’s a gap that could be overturned at any time in the remaining two events.
However, the two players don’t seem to be too concerned about the Rookie of the Year race. “Actually, I’ve already given up on the Rookie of the Year. My goal is to win one more title in the remaining competitions.” Kim Min-byul, who is the only one of the three players without a win, said, “I’m playing without worrying too much about the Rookie of the Year title.” “My goal this year was to win my first title, so I’m going to play aggressively to win the remaining two tournaments.”