20 Oct 2021 | Professional golf |

Fond memories for Su Oh

by Contributor

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Su Oh left South Korea as a child, and has become one of Australia's best golfers. Photo: Getty

By LPGA Tour Media

In 2019, Su Oh returned to Busan, Republic of Korea for the first time in over 15 years for the BMW Ladies Championship. Oh lived in the area as a young girl until moving to Australia and becoming a citizen there, but the 25-year-old said she still treasures her birthplace. She even remembers visiting LPGA International Busan with her father, then called Asiad Country Club.

“This is one of the golf courses that I’ve been to, but just the driving range with my dad before I actually played golf,” said Oh. “I was Facetiming my parents and they were like, ‘Oh! That’s that, and that’s that, I know that.’ I think they really wanted to come here. They actually couldn’t come two years ago because they were moving houses and it was too hard, and this year was really tough [for them to come], too.”

In the inaugural tournament, Oh finished in a tie for 13th after entering the final round two shots behind the 54-hole leaders. This year, she enters with two top-seven finishes in her last four starts, including a career-best tie for second at the Cambia Portland Classic. Oh said after the event she secured a quarantine exemption to visit family like her aunt and uncle following the event. Her aunt loves golf, and Oh said she wishes she could follow along outside the ropes this year, but understands the COVID-19 protocols in place for players to compete in the only LPGA Tour event staged in Korea. “The golf course is a really nice course, every hole is quite different. I think my dad has played this golf course way more than I have,” said Oh. “It’s just different without the fans. We always get quite a lot, and they’re all very passion about golf, especially women’s golf more than men, which I really appreciate when coming over here. A different sort of crowd. Sometimes you can hear them from a couple of fairways away. “I think I was playing pretty well last year, I don’t think I had a very good finish, but it’s not very often you see fans going down the fairway. I remember that, so we’ll miss that this year. But hopefully a lot of people are watching.”

Other Australians in the BMW Ladies Championship are world No.6 Minjee Lee, Hannah Green and Sarah Kemp.

Hoping to join them on the LPGA Tour in 2022 are 10 Aussies who have qualified for Stage II of Q School starting in Florida on Thursday.

Like the LPGA Tour the PGA Tour is in Asia this week for the ZOZO Championship in Japan where Matt Jones is the lone Aussie in the field while Queenslanders Scott Hend and Maverick Antcliff will fly the flag at the European Tour’s Mallorca Golf Open in Spain.

Round 1 tee times ADST

PGA Tour ZOZO Championship Accordia Golf Narashino CC, Chiba, Japan 12.14pm             Matt Jones, Robert Streb, Lanto Griffin

Defending champion: Patrick Cantlay Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: Matt Jones TV schedule: Live 2.30pm-5.30pm Thursday, Friday; Live 2.30pm-6pm Saturday; Live 2.30pm-5.45pm Sunday on Fox Sports 503

LPGA Tour BMW Ladies Championship LPGA International Busan, Republic of Korea 10.55am             Minjee Lee, Han Sol Ji, Elizabeth Szokol 11.06am*           Su Oh, Ye Rim Choi, Jasmine Suwannapura 11.39am*           Lydia Ko, Hye-Jin Choi, Sung Hyun Park 12.01pm             Sarah Kemp, Ji Hyun Kim, Marina Alex 12.23pm             Hannah Green, Ariya Jutanugarn, Ha Na Jang

Defending champion: Ha Na Jang (2019) Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: Minjee Lee TV schedule: Live 1pm-6pm Thursday, Friday on Fox Sports 505; 10am-12pm Sunday on Fox Sports 503; Live 1pm-6pm Sunday on Fox Sports 505

European Tour Mallorca Golf Open Golf Santa Ponsa, Balearic Islands, Spain 6.45pm Maverick Antcliff, Zander Lombard, Connor Syme 7.25pm*             Ryan Fox, Jorge Campillo, Alejandro Canizares 7.35pm*             Scott Hend, Søren Kjeldsen, Sean Crocker 12am*  Josh Geary, Lee Slattery, Thomas Aiken

Defending champion: Inaugural event Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: Scott Hend TV schedule: Live 10.30pm-3.30am Thursday, Friday; Live 10.30pm-3am Saturday; Live 10pm-2.30am Sunday on Fox Sports 503

Korean PGA Tour Hana Bank Invitational Bears Best Cheongna GC, Korea 10am*  Junseok Lee 10.10am*           Wonjoon Lee

Defending champion: Seo Yo-seop Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: Wonjoon Lee

Challenge Tour Challenge Costa Brava Empordà Golf, Girona, Spain Round 2 tee times 6.40pm*             Daniel Hillier, Haraldur Magnus, Félix Mory 7.10pm Blake Windred, Jesper Kennegard, Ivan Cantero Gutierrez 11.30pm             Dimitrios Papadatos, Jérôme Lando Casanova, Clément Berardo

Defending champion: Inaugural event Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: Blake Windred

LET Access Series Santander Golf Tour Barcelona Real Club De Golf El Prat, Spain 6.45pm*             Kristalle Blum, Justine Dreher, Emma Falcher

Defending champion: Johanna Gustavsson Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: Kristalle Blum

Champions Tour Dominion Energy Charity Classic The Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia Australasians in the field: Steven Alker, Stephen Leaney, David McKenzie, Rod Pampling

Defending champion: Phil Mickelson Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: TV schedule: Live 5am-8am Saturday, Sunday, Monday on Fox Sports 503

LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying Stage II Venice, Florida 11pm    Soo Jin Lee, Tristyn Nowlin, Karolina Vlckova 11.11pm             Stephanie Na, Yu-Chiang Hou (a), Kennedy Swann 11.22pm*           Kirsty Hodgkins (a), Alejandra Llaneza, Allie White 3.32am Hira Naveed, Kaley In, Xiaowen Yin (a) 3.32am*             Gabriela Ruffels, Milagros Chaves, Natalie Srinivasan 3.54am Stephanie BunqueAmelia Garvey, Kiira Riihijarvi 4.05am Grace Kim, Marissa Kirkwood, Louise Stahle 4.05am*             Emily Mahar, Celine Borge, Abby Herrmann 4.16am*             Karis Davidson, Mohan Du, Libby Winans (a) 4.16am*             Julienne Soo, Huize Lian, Kenzie Wright

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