Golfer Lee Min-jee Wins Skins Game at Charity Exhibition Match

  • By Min Hak-soo

    September 23, 2019 10:28

    Lee Min-jee of Australia Sunday won a skins game as part of a charity exhibition match which was held over the weekend, bringing the past and present LPGA golf stars to get together in Korea.

    Lee Min-jee hits a putt at a charity match in Yangyang, Gangwon Province on Sunday. /Newsis

    Golf legends Juli Inkster of the U.S., Annika Sorenstam of Sweden, Lorena Ochoa of Mexico and Pak Se-ri of Korea, who dominated the sport in the late 1990s to mid-2000s, gathered for the Seolhaeone Legends Match in Yangyang, Gangwon Province.

    On Saturday, they paired up with one of LPGA's current top rankers -- world No. 2 Park Sung-hyun of Korea, No. 3 Lexi Thompson of the U.S., No. 6 Lee and No. 8 Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand -- for a foursome. Sorenstam and Park won the foursome with a score of two-over par. Ochoa and Jutanugarn came in second, Inkster and Lee third, and Pak and Thompson fourth.

    The next day's skins game, had to be cut short at the 10th hole as this year's 17th typhoon, Tapah, brought heavy rain throughout the country.

    The prize money of W100 million for the skins game was donated to victims of wildfires in Gangwon Province earlier this year (US$1=W1,190).

    Golfers pose at a press conference ahead of a charity match in Yangyang, Gangwon Province on Saturday. From left, Park Sung-hyun, Annika Sorenstam, Lexi Thompson, Pak Se-ri, Lee Min-jee, Juli Inkster, Lorena Ochoa and Ariya Jutanugarn

    The young players said that they learned a lot from having a chance to play with the legends. During their careers, the senior players won 188 LPGA titles between them. Sorenstam won 72 titles, Inkster 31, Ochoa 27 and Pak 25 when they were active.

    "I'm so grateful that all these star players found the time to participate in this event despite their busy schedules and made it even more memorable," said Pak. "I hope this event will be a regular fixture and will work hard to make it so in future. Perhaps it would be nice to do it in the U.S. or Sweden next time."

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