First time winner in Seoul Hend 5th
BY Bruce Young | OneAsia Tour | 2014 GS Caltex Maekyung Open | Wrap | 11 May 2014
27 year old World number 745, Park Jun-won, has produced the equal best round of day four at the Caltex Maekyung Open at the Namseoul Golf Club in Seoul in South Korea to win his first professional event.
The event, jointly sanctioned between the OneAsia and Korea PGA Tours, is the third of the One Asia Tour season and although this is Park’s first event as a OneAsia Tour player he now heads the 2014 money list.
Seoul-born Park started playing as a youngster with the encouragement of his parents and made the national amateur squad before turning pro in 2006. A two-year-stint of national service interrupted his career, but since being discharged he has shown little sign of the talent he displayed all week at Namseoul.
“In the winter I spent some time with Kim Kyung-tae who gave me some very good advice on how to be a better player,” said Park, referring to the two-time champion of this event and the first Korean to win the Japan Tour’s Order of Merit.
“Although I hadn’t won before, I never gave up hoping that this day would come, and this year I was determined to make it happen.”
Park won by three shots over 31 year old fellow countryman Park Sang-Hyun who is playing in Japan this season where he has already recorded a runner-up finish.
Scott Hend headed the Australians when he finished in a share of 5th position while New Zealander Ryan Fox was the next best of the Australasians in a share of 10th.
The OneAsia Tour now moves to Incheon to the west of Seoul for the SK Telekom Open where Matthew Griffin will attempt to defend his title.