I’ve got a cold…but the longest-hitting room in the world is in contention again

Bang Shin-sil shot a 4-under 68 with five birdies and one bogey in the first round of the E1 Charity Open ($900,000) at Seongmunan Country Club (Par 72, 6602 yards) in Wonju, Gangwon Province, on Saturday. Bang is tied for the lead with Ji Han-sol (27) and Kim Min-sun (20). She is one shot ahead of Yoo So-yeon (33) and Park Ji-young (27), who are tied for fourth (3-under).

Bang’s longest shots of the day were 293.3 yards on No. 1 (par-4, 404 yards) and 292.2 yards on No. 7 (par-4, 405 yards). On the 16th (par-5, 545 yards), he strategically hit a 3-wood tee shot that travelled 283.9 yards for birdie. “I thought it would be tough today because I had a cold and wasn’t feeling well, but I felt good with my shots and putts,” he said. “The fairways are narrow and the rough is long, so it’s important to stay in the fairways.”

Bang finished 40th in last year’s seedings and has been playing on both tours this season. At the KLPGA Championship on 30 March and the NH Investment & Securities Ladies Championship on 14 March, she was part of the championship group on the final day of the tournament, narrowly missing out on victory by finishing tied for fourth and tied for third respectively. On the 19th, she was knocked out of the Doosan Match Play Championship in a group stage playoff after an extra round.

“I try my best in every tournament,” Bang said, “and I’m confident that even if I have to go back to the seeding or the second tour, I can overcome it.” “It’s a bit of a pressure, but I’m grateful for the attention,” she said, adding, “I’m trying to work harder메이저놀이터.”

Choi Hye-jin, 24, a second-year player on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour, played her first KLPGA Tour event in Korea in a year and a half. Playing in a group with Bang Shin-shil, she finished tied for 12th (2 under par). “I had heard a lot about her, so I was curious, but I was surprised that she was good not only at distance but also at short game,” said Choi, who won the KLPGA Tour title for three consecutive years from 2018-2020. “I felt like I needed to work harder.”

Choi Hye-jin reads the green on the fifth hole during the first round of the KLPGA Tour E1 Charity Open at Seongmunan Country Club in Wonju, Gangwon Province, on Saturday.

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