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JiN YOUNG KO EARNS 2018 LOUISE SUGGS

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2018-11-15 08:08
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JiN YOUNG KO EARNS 2018 LOUISE SUGGS

ROLEX ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 23, 2018 – The LPGA Tour announced today that Jin Young Ko has earned the 2018 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award. With four events remaining in the 2018 season, Ko, a two-time LPGA Tour winner, leads the standings with 1,137 points, 383 points ahead of second-place Georgia Hall, and cannot be caught.

“I feel honored to clinch the Rookie of the Year award here on the LPGA Tour, which I wasn’t able to get on the KLPGA Tour,” said Ko, of Seoul, Republic of Korea. “I really enjoyed my first season on the LPGA and I am looking forward to having another energetic season next year.”

Ko, 23, captured her first LPGA Tour title at the 2017 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship as a non-member, a win that earned her LPGA Membership for the 2018 season. She then opened her LPGA career in style, winning February’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open and becoming the second player in LPGA history to win in her debut event, joining Beverly Hanson (1951 Eastern Open).

Ko has 11 top-10 finishes in 2018, with a tie for second at the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open and a tie for third at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open joining her win in Australia. Ko also has 10 victories on the Korean LPGA Tour, where she played full-time through 2017.

With four events left in the season, Ko sits eighth on the LPGA Official Money List with $1,045,572 in season earnings. She leads the LPGA Tour in greens in regulation at 77.44% and is second in scoring average at 69.6. Should Ko lead the Tour in scoring average at the end of the season, she would join Nancy Lopez (1978) and In Gee Chun (2016) as the only rookies in LPGA history to also earn the Vare Trophy, which is given to the player with the season’s lowest scoring average.

Ko will receive the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award at the 2018 Rolex LPGA Awards ceremony, to be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at Tiburon Golf Club during the week of the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.

Since its inception in 1962, nine Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year winners have become members of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame: Joanne Carner (1970), Amy Alcott (1975), Nancy Lopez (1978), Beth Daniel (1979), Patty Sheehan (1981), Juli Inkster (1984), Annika Sorenstam (1994), Karrie Webb (1996) and Se Ri Pak (1998). Ko is the 12th player from the Republic of Korea to capture the honor and the fourth consecutive, joining Sung Hyun Park (2017), In Gee Chun (2016) and Sei Young Kim (2015).

고진영, 2018 LOUISE SUGGS ROLEX 신인상 수상

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., 2018 10월 23일 – LPGA는 오늘 고진영이 2018  Louise Suggs Rolex 신인상을 수상했음을 발표했다. 2018 시즌에 4개 대회가 남아있는 현재 시점에 LPGA 투어 2승 경력에 빛나는 고진영은 현재1,137점으로 신인상 포인트 1위를 달리고 있다. 2위인 Georgia Hall을 383점 차로 앞서가고 있는 가운데 역전이 불가능한 상황이다.

“KLPGA 투어에서도 수상하지 못했던 신인상을 LPGA에서 따내서 매우 기쁩니다. LPGA 첫시즌은 아주 즐거웠고요, 다음 시즌도 기대가 매우 큽니다.” 라고 서울 출신의 고진영은 밝혔다.

올해 23세의 고진영은 2017년 LPGA KEB 하나 뱅크 챔피언십에서 비정규멤버로 출전, 우승을 거뒀고, 이에 2018년 LPGA 정규멤버 자격증을 획득했다. 그리고 2018년 2월 시즌 데뷔 무대였던 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open에서 우승을 거두며 LPGA 역사상 2번째로 첫 출전 대회에서 우승을 거둔 선수로 이름을 올렸다. (첫번째는 Beverly Hanson, 1951년 Eastern Open)

고진영은 2018 시즌 11번이나 탑10에 들었고, HUGEL-JTBC LA Open에서 공동 2위를 거두고Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open에서 공동 3위를 따냈다. 또한 그녀는 작년 2017년까지 참여했던 KLPGA 투어에서 총 10승을 거둔바 있다.

올해 대회가 4개 남은 현재, 고진영은 이번 LPGA시즌 상금 순위 4등에 올라있다. ($1,045,572) 현재 그린안착률 77.44%로서 LPGA 1등을 달리고 있고, 평균 타수 69.6으로 점수는 2위에 올라있다. 만약 평균 점수 1등을 거둔다면 신인으로 최저점수상인 Vare Trophy까지 수상하는 통산 3번째 선수가 될것이다 (1978년 Nancy Lopez, 2016년 전인지 이후)

Louise Suggs Rolex 신인상 수상은 시즌 마지막 투어인 CME Group Tour Championship이 열리는Tiburon Golf Club에서 개최되는 2018 Rolex LPGA 시상식에서11월 15일 목요일에 이뤄질 예정이다.

1962년 신인상이 시작된 이후 신인상 수상자들중 9명은 LPGA와 세계 골프 명예의 전당에 헌액되었다. 이 9명은Joanne Carner (1970), Amy Alcott (1975), Nancy Lopez (1978), Beth Daniel (1979), Patty Sheehan (1981), Juli Inkster (1984), Annika Sorenstam (1994), Karrie Webb (1996) 그리고 박세리 (1998) 이다. 고진영은 한국출신 선수로서 12번째 신인상 수상자이고, 현재 2017년 박성현, 2016년 전인지, 2015년 김세영에 이어 4년연속 한국선수가 신인상을 휩쓸고 있다.
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