How South Korea came to dominate the women’s game

When South Korea’s domestic women’s golf tour held its premier event last week-without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic-no fewer than three of the world’s top 10 players took part.

The country of 52 million people has a disproportionate share of the women’s world golf rankings, providing eight of the current top 20.

In a demonstration of their prominence, South Korean women have won at least one major every season since 2010, with coronavirus cancellations perhaps the biggest threat to their run this year.

The phenomenon, players and commentators say, is the result of several factors: driven parents, intense training, a highly competitive society, sponsorship money and the shining example of 25-time LPGA winner Pak Se-ri.

Of those, one element is critical-the unstinting support and relentless encouragement of parents, who wait for hours while children practice, shuttle them between venues and spend significant sums on coaching.

“All-out parental support” is vital for success, world No 6 Kim Seiyoung, who has 10 LPGA wins and took part in the KLPGA Championship, told AFP.

It parallels the time, resources and pressure many South Korean parents pour into their children’s academic development in the attempt to secure a sought-after place at one of the country’s top universities.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Cech leads tributes to fellow goalkeeper and Chelsea ‘legend’ Bonetti

Petr Cech has led tributes to fellow Chelsea great and goalkeeper Peter Bonetti, who has died at the age of 78 after a long battle with illness. Bonetti, who is second all-time for the Blues with 729 appearances, held the club’s clean…

England’s Anderson ‘excited’ at prospect of Test cricket return

James Anderson is excited about the prospect of playing Test cricket for England this summer, even if the lack of atmosphere might make it seem more like the County Championship. England players will return to individual training from next week…

Werner agrees to join Chelsea as Liverpool cool interest

The Independent employs over 100 journalists around the world to bring you news you can trust. Please consider a contribution or subscription. Chelsea have agreed to activate Timo Werner’s £49m release clause at RB Leipzig after Liverpool cooled interest in…

‘They deserve it’: Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier says Anfield club should be awarded Premier League title

Liverpool sits a colossal 25 points clear from the field at the top of the English Premier League, which has been on hold since March 9. And with footballing authorities currently wrestling with their options to ensure a satisfactory outcome…