National team Kim Min-sol (17, 2nd year at Suseong Bangtong High School) challenges to win the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship.
Kim Min-sol will participate for the first time in this tournament, which opens in Augusta, Georgia, USA on the 30th (Korean time). 46 out of 50 women’s amateur world rankings will participate in this tournament. Established in 2019 by Augusta National Golf Club, which hosts the Masters Masters, to develop women’s golf, this tournament determines the winner with 54-hole stroke play, and the preliminary and final rounds are held at different golf courses.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays local time, 72 players will play rounds 1 and 2 at the Champions Retreat Golf Club. And after all the players on Friday practiced at Augusta National Golf Club, only 30 players who passed the cut will play the final round at the same place on Saturday.
The Champions Retreat Golf Club, where qualifying takes place, is located 14 miles from Augusta National and is a nine-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player. These three combined for 13 wins at the Masters.
In order for Minsol Kim to step on at Augusta National, she must survive at the Champions Retreat Golf Club. She has to compete after one practice round, so course information is inevitably lacking. However, as the basic skills are good, passing the preliminaries seems to be easy. 안전놀이터
Kim Min-sol is a player who drew attention by leading the way to the second round of the BMW Ladies Championship, an LPGA tour event held at Oak Valley CC in Wonju, Gangwon-do last October. Kim Min-sol, who won last year’s Korean Women’s Junior Championships and Songam Bae, finished runner-up at the Asia Pacific Women’s Amateur Championship, which ended in Singapore on the 12th. She is 177cm, 76kg in good shape, her long hitting power is excellent, and her short game is also good, making her a dark horse this week.
Minsol Kim’s strong competitor is Saki Baba from Japan. Saki was noticed last year when she was the US Women’s Flax Champion with a 9-hole car win in the final. Saki competed at the Honda LPGA Thailand held in Thailand last month and tied for 34th. Mizuki Hashimoto (Japan) is also on her alert. Hashimoto won the 2023 Australian Women’s Amateur Championship, beating Baba Saki, and was also the winner of last year’s Quincy Ricketts Cup.