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Briefs: Korean golfer wins Evian Championship with record score


Korean golfer In Gee Chun placed first in the Evian Championship on Sept. 18 with a score of 21-under par, breaking records for both men and women. With the lowest score in the 72-hole major category, Chun has been countlessly referred to as the ambassador for women’s golf following her victory.

“Watching Chun set a record as a Korean unbelievable,” said Ryan Park (12), student-golfer. “Shot after shot, my family and I were in disbelief because she was doing so well throughout the whole tournament – to be honest, her previous tournament records made us believe she wouldn’t do well. Seeing her chip in her last shot was almost as exciting as watching my grandfather play golf with Donald Trump – it was surreal.

Chun led the whole tournament and was 19-under 194 through 54 holes at the Evian Resort Golf Club, tying with Karen Stupple’s record from 2004 at the Women’s British Open as well as Inbee Park’s record at the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. This record set by Chun was an improvement from her previous appearances at the Evian Championship where she ranked 65th in 2014 and missed the cut in 2015

‘”I am just amazed at the quality of golf for Korean ladies,” said Chris Koester, fan of Korean golfing. “They only weigh 42 pounds but they can hit further than Mr. Syverson hitting a baseball. I don’t really watch Korean men [play golf], because it tends to be the women, like Chun, with the most consistent forms; it’s like shooting free throws – consistency is key.”

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