Bang Shin-sil (19) is the only golfer on both the men’s and women’s tours this season who is fun to watch. The Korean Tour has Chung Chan-min, who won the GS Caltex Mae Kyung Open, but her results have been up and down. Bang Shin-sil says he is a ‘different level’ player who has emerged after 30 years since Park Se-ri.
It is said that there are three pleasures in golf. There are three pleasures in golf: playing, teaching, and watching. Bang Shin-shil is a golfer who, like Park, is a pleasure to watch. Park won the KLPGA Tour’s Lyle & Scott Open in 1992 when she was in junior high school. And in 1995, her third year of high school, she won four KLPGA Tour events as an amateur. At the tournament, everyone was talking about her. Even her competitors would steal glimpses of her practice. It’s the same with Bangsinsil now. Everyone wants to see her play and is curious about everything.안전놀이터
The final round of the E1 Charity Open at Seongmunan Country Club (Par 72) in Wonju, Gangwon Province, on the 28th was a great place to test the waters. It rained all day, and the narrow fairways and hard greens didn’t allow for easy birdies. Hundreds of gallery members followed with umbrellas to watch Bangshinsil compete for the title in such adverse conditions.
Heading into the final round with a one-stroke lead, Bangsinsil started the day with the mantra, “Stay in the fairway to win”. Depending on the hole, he sometimes teed off with a driver and sometimes with a 3-wood. Amazingly, Bangsinsil had a 100 per cent fairway hit rate until the 17th hole. His determination to win defied his young age of 19.
A birdie on the 16th (par-5), which sealed the victory, underlined Bangsinsil’s star quality. With a precarious one-stroke lead, Bangsinsil chose to attack instead of defend on the 16th, proving that he was no slouch. He played it safe until the 15th hole, but at the crucial moment, he took a risk.
Against all expectations of a 3-wood, Bang took out his driver and took a full swing and the ball landed in the fairway. The ultra-long shot, generated by a head speed comparable to that of a male player, was her trademark that everyone wanted to see. It’s not easy to replicate that performance in a heart-stopping play-off. Her second shot was also wood. The ball rolled to a vantage point on the edge of the green. It was a strategic shot that gave him a good angle on the pin, and he followed it up with a 30-yard running approach for a 60cm birdie. The match was effectively over on this hole.
Having thrown off the shackles of conditional seeding by winning the E1 Charity Open, it was time to let his ‘locker room golf’ soar. The 10th ‘wire-to-wire’ victory of his Tour career is just one more milestone for the youngster.
From 9-11 June, Bang will compete in the Celltrion Queens Masters at Seorhaewon The Legend Course in Yangyang, Gangwon Province. Many golf fans are expected to gather at the tournament and in front of their televisions to watch Bangshinsil after her victory. Barring injury, this could be the year that Bang’s dominant golf dominates the KLPGA Tour.