In need of a win, South Korea’s Bang Shin-sil started the first day of the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour E1 Charity Open ($900 million in prize money) with a share of the lead.
Bang had five birdies and one bogey in her first round at the par-72 Seongmunan Country Club in Wonju, Gangwon Province, on Saturday.
With a 4-under 68, Bang is tied for the lead with Kim Min-seon 7 and Ji Han-sol.
Bang, who is playing the season as a “conditional seed,” has two top-10 finishes in four KLPGA Tour events.
However, the non-winning results don’t mean much to Bang, who finished 40th in the KLPGA Tour’s seeding event last November and didn’t earn a full seed.
As a low-seeded player, Bang is expected 먹튀검증 to play about 30 percent of the tournaments this season, meaning she won’t be able to fulfill the required number of events to secure a regular tour spot on the money list.
The only answer is to win. If Bang can hold onto the top spot until the final day of the tournament, she will immediately become a full-seed on the KLPGA Tour and secure a spot on the tour until 2025.
Yoo So-yeon, who is making her Korean debut after playing on the LPGA Tour with “veteran” Kim Hae-rim, is tied for fourth (3-under 69) with Lee Se-hee and Park Ji-young.
Last year’s winner, Jung Yun-ji, is tied for 48th at 1-over 73, while Park Min-ji, who is looking to win her third straight money title, is at 3-over 75 and tied for 90th and in danger of missing the cut.