Lee Mi-rim Gets Her 1st LPGA Win

      August 12, 2014 11:01

      Rookie golfer Lee Mi-rim won her first LPGA tour title on Sunday

      "I have waited and waited to get a win since I started playing in the U.S.," said Lee. "It's been tough, but I never regretted following my life-long dream of playing in the U.S. LPGA."

      She won the Meijer LPGA Classic at the Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Michigan, by beating fellow golfer Park In-bee with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff after they tied at 14-under 270 in the fourth round.

      Lee, who got her first LPGA win in her 14th competition, became the second Korean player, after Park, to pick up an LPGA title this season and won US$225,000.

      Lee Mi-rim (left) is doused with water by other players and friends, as Park In-bee (right) walks off the green after the second playoff hole of the final round during the Meijer LPGA Classic golf tournament at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Michigan on Sunday. /AP-Newsis

      Lee started playing golf when she was in elementary school. She was introduced to the sport by her father who ran a golf range in Gwangju.

      "Watching Pak Se-ri do so well at the time, I hoped my daughter would grow up to be as great," Lee’s father said.

      Lee is currently runner-up to Korean-New Zealander Lydia Ko for the Rookie of the Year award, with 461 points. Ko is in the lead with 1,039 points. "I'll do my best to narrow the gap between Ko and I," Lee said.

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