Former Prizefighter Lee wins fifth career senior title
- on Jul 12, 2023
South Korea’s Booyoung Lee (59) won the third edition of the HONORS K Champions Open (100 million won in prize money).
Lee shot an 8-under-par 136 in the final round of the tournament on Wednesday at the par-72 Mountain Lake Course at Phoenix CC in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province to pull off a thrilling one-stroke upset.
Lee, who started the day in a tie for second place, one stroke behind leader Park No-seok (56), carded four birdies and a bogey to shave three strokes off his score on the day. He finished one shot clear of a seven-under-par runner-up group that included Lee Young-ki (56), Park Do-kyu (53), Jang Ik-je (50), and Park No-seok (56) to take home 16 million won.안전놀이터
Lee said, “I was in good shape throughout the tournament and my iron shots were perfect. I was able to putt well and play confidently,” said Lee. “I’m thrilled to win after a long time. I would like to thank the Minseo E&C Golf Team and the full house for their generous support.”
Lee, who entered the senior ranks in 2014, won the 2015 Volvik KPGA Champion Tour and the Doruko KPGA Senior Golf Tournament in her second year. The following year, in 2016, she won the KPGA Champion Tour 2 event and became the KPGA Champion Tour money winner that year. In 2019, she won her second KPGA Champions Tour event and added another victory to her resume, bringing her career victory total on the senior stage to five.
“About two years ago, I had a heart attack during a round and collapsed. “It’s important for me to win the rest of the season, but it’s more important for me to be healthy and happy and play on the Champion Tour with my teammates,” said Lee, who has since had three stents placed in her heart.
Currently leading the KPGA Champions Tour money list and points total is Mo, 51, with $45.97 million and 46,342.82, respectively. Mo has two wins on the season.
Meanwhile, Honors K, which participated as the title sponsor of the tournament, is sponsoring a total of seven tournaments from 2021 to this year, including three KPGA Tours and four ChampionStours.