16 Jan 2016
There appears no end to Korean golf’s talent pipeline with two more of its finest qualifying for tomorrow’s Australian Amateur Championship women’s final.
With rhythmic swings and deft hands around the greens, Ayean Cho and Min-ji Park each finished their matches against astounded Australian opponents on the 15th green to set up an all-Korean finale on Sunday.
Cho, in particular, was devastating.
She beat Perth and Australian No.1 Hannah Green 5&3 with near flawless golf, including almost holing out for eagle on what became the final hole.
“I didn't lose it, she was just brilliant,” Green said humbly.
The Mt Lawley ace was herself two under at the time, yet still five strokes behind Cho, remarkably only the 37th Korean in the world rankings.
Park was also two under the card when Australian junior champion Celina Yuan extended her hand after a 4&3 loss to the 30th-ranked Korean.
Speaking through interpreters afterwards, both were excited to have played so well in an event their national team takes very seriously.
But when asked about their nation’s domination at all levels of women’s golf, it was instructive to hear them say the achievement was nothing out of the ordinary.
The women’s final will begin at 8.45am tomorrow morning at Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club, where entry is free.
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