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Check out Seoul Sisters.com for details on the impressive victory of Hee Kyung Bae over on the KLPGA by 3 shots over Ha Neul Kim, 4 over Soo Jin Yang, 9 over Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu, 17 over Se Ri Pak and Chella Choi, and 18 over Na Yeon Choi. Just like on the JLPGA, the lesser-known player from the home tour beat both her peers and visitors from another tour.
What makes Bae’s victory even more interesting–and much like Azahara Munoz’s on the LET–is that both wins led to losses by a pair of players we were expecting to play in Stage II of LPGA Q-School. But neither Ha Neul Kim nor Charley Hull’s names appear on the preliminary field list any more. Randall Mell has the details on Hull’s decision, but of course the only thing that a google search on Kim turns up is a 2012 Korea Times article on why she didn’t plan to do Q-School that year. It sure would be nice if the U.S. golf media could catch up with the planet (rather than simply being sporadically transatlantic), but to be fair, even the folks at Seoul Sisters are just speculating as to why Kim changed her mind and the Korean golf media could do a much better job of getting news out in English (as could the KLPGA, for that matter–I mean, my god, they’ve even chosen a format that doesn’t show the url of a link when you mouse over it!).
Bottom line is, there are a lot of great golfers over in Korea. You’d think their sponsors at least would have a stake in helping them get better known outside Korea. So why isn’t it happening?