Hong Jung-min 7 under par, Lim Hee-jung 6 under par.
The 10 Korean players who flew to Saudi Arabia started the first day with under par.
Hong Jung-min (21) made a birdie without a bogey in the first round of the Ladies European Tour (LET) Aramco Saudi Ladies International (total prize money of 5 million dollars) held at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club (par 72) in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia on the 17th. He picked out only 7 and hit 7 under par 65 strokes, and was tied for third place, one stroke behind Lydia Go (New Zealand) and Pazari Anannarukan (Thailand, 8 under par 64 strokes).
Hong Jung-min, who has been active on the KLPGA tour since 2021, had his best season since his debut by winning his first win at the Doosan Match Play Championship last year and climbing to 10th in the money list. He came to this tournament as an intermediate check during training prior to the opening of the KLPGA tour this season, and on the first day, he played a neat game without a look, foretelling a continued upward trend this year.
Lim Hee-jeong (23), who changed her hat to Doosan Engineering & Construction, also scored a 6-under 66 on the first day, tied for 6th with Gaby Lopez (Mexico), and jumped into the race for the championship.
Lim Hee-jung pulled out 7 birdies that day and wrote down only 1 bogey.
Lim Hee-jeong, who changed both sponsors and clubs this season, brightened the prospects for this season by starting the first tournament of the year in a good mood with a new resolution.
Kim Hyo-joo (28) and Yoo Hae-ran (22) hit 5 under par 67 strokes side by side to rank in the top 10 with a tie for 8th place.
Lim Jin-hee (25), Jung Yun-ji (23), and Lee So-mi (24) each hit 3 under par 69 strokes to finish the first round with strokes in their 60s. and Jeon In-ji (29) recorded 2 under par 70 strokes, and Kim A-lim (28) recorded 1 under par 71 strokes and started the first day with under par.
A total of 17 players, including 10 from the KLPGA Tour and 7 from the LPGA Tour, participated in this tournament. In particular, six of the players on the KLPGA tour recorded under par, proving their competitiveness on the overseas stage.
Lydia Ko, who married last December, started jointly with Anannarukan in the lead.
Lydia Ko, who won 3 wins on the LPGA Tour last year and swept all prize money, player of the year, and bare trophy (lowest strokes), picked out 8 birdies without a bogey in the first tournament of the new year. 스포츠토토
This tournament, which is held as the Ladies European Tour, has grown to a level comparable to major tournaments on the LPGA tour as the total prize money has increased to 5 million dollars this year, and many Korean players have participated. The winning prize is $750,000 (approximately 969 million won), which is more than Lee Ye-won (849.78 million won), who was third in the KLPGA Tour prize money rankings last year.