Lee Gyu-min and Jeong Yun-ji take Clubhouse Lead for South Korea at the 2017 APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporation Cup

Posted: Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017

South Korea has continued its domination of the APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporate Cup by taking the clubhouse lead with a seven-under-par 63 on the opening day of the 2017 tournament. Winner of the team event in both 2015 and 2016, Lee Gyu-min and Jeong Yun-ji produced a solid round in the fourball competition to carve out a one-shot lead amongst the 22 teams that managed to finish before fading light suspended play.

38 teams representing 20 countries and territories teed off today from midday under glorious sunshine but a passing thunderstorm halted play for around 45 minutes at 4pm. Just under two hours of play was possible following the suspension, which meant 16 teams including all three of the Hong Kong groups were unable to complete their round.

Lee and Jeong, who represent South Korea Team 2, were pleased with their effort today. They said:

“We enjoyed our round today. As it was a fourball round, you just need one player of the two to do well at each hole, and you can combine the scores for a great round. Luck was on our side today, but we are happy to take it! The rain came very quickly and we were able to find some shelter to relax a little bit, and regroup to make sure we finish well. It worked out great for us.”

The yet-to-finish 16 teams will resume their campaign tomorrow at 07:30am at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling. Hong Kong Team 2, consisting of Yue Yin-ho and Selina Li Yuen-Yuet, was the closest local team to finish with one hole left to play. Round two, a foursome competition, will tee off at 10am.

The 2017 APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporate Cup fields 76 of the top juniors in 38 teams representing 20 countries and territories across 40 members of APGC. It follows the Youth Olympic Games format, pairing a junior male and female player in each team.

A round of fourball kicked off the three-day event today where each competitor played their own ball the whole round. The best score of each team at each hole was used to contribute to the final score of the round. 

The teams, which will remain the same tomorrow, will face different oppositions to compete in a foursome format. Teeing off at 10am, only one ball will be used per team, where each player in each pair hits every other shot. For example, if the male player hits the tee shot, the female golfer will play the second shot, and then they alternate until the ball is holed out. One player will hit all the tee shots on the even-numbered holes, while the other on the old-numbered ones. The totals for the round for each team will be used as the day two scores.

Friday, the final day of the tournament, will see an individual stroke-play round. A seeded draw will apply where each participant will play with their own ball in a standard 18-hole round with the leading players teeing off last. Unlike days one and two, day three will generate two scores, one each for the male and female member of each team. 

The combined total of these four round scores will determine the team winner of the APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporation Cup 2017, while the male and female player who top the leaderboard of the day three competition will be crowned individual champions. In the event of a tie at the top of the leaderboard in the individual competition, the champion will be determined by a count back system. In the event of a tie in the team tournament, a sudden death play-off will decide the winner.

The male and female champions of the individual competition will be rewarded with a playing spot in the Asia-Pacific Open Golf Diamond Cup 2017 in Japan in September and the 2018 Korea Women's Open in June 2018 respectively.

Established in 2015, South Korea has won the team championship in the first two editions of this prestigious tournament, one of the main highlights on the APGC annual calendar.

Players who are 17 years or under as of 30 August are eligible and each APGC member can enter a maximum of two teams,with the exception of the host nation, who are allowed to put forward an additional pair.

For more information about the championship, please click here.