From Heo In-hoe to Lee Jae-kyung… KPGA stars who will shine in 2023

Year of the Black Rabbit. For the players born in 1987 and the year 1999 of the year of the rabbit, a year has arrived that will inevitably make them more determined.

Heo In-hoe (36) and Maeng Dong-seop (36) were the representative runners in the 1987 year of the rabbit in the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour. The two players, who are of the same age, ate rice together as members of the Armed Forces Sports Unit, which was temporarily created for the 2015 Mungyeong World Military Games. This year, a son and a daughter are scheduled to give birth, respectively, and it seems that they will have more responsibility and determination than ever before.

Heo In-hoe, who has a total of 5 professional wins (4 wins in Korea and 1 win in Japan tour), said, “My son will be born in February of this year. I want to be a great dad with good grades,” he declared, “I will make up for what I lacked last year and make the Year of the Rabbit the ‘Year of Heo In-hoe’.”Maeng Dong-seop, who has three wins in the KPGA Korean Tour, dreams of a new leap forward in 2023, the year of the rabbit. Maeng Dong-seop, who shook off his injury last year, participated in 15 competitions and ranked in the top 10 four times. Maeng Dong-seop said, “There is a celebration in which a daughter is born in April this year. He said, “I want to be a proud father to my daughter,” and “I had a satisfactory season last year.”

Players born in 1999 are also expected to perform. Jeong Chan-min (24) and Ko Gun-taek (24) are aiming for their first win on the KPGA Korean Tour. 토토

Jung Chan-min, who debuted last year, left a deep impression by recording the longest average drive distance in the 2022 season, about 317.111 yards. Jeong Chan-min said, “I won the ‘Rocket Battery Long Hit Award’, which was my goal for 2022, but it was regrettable that I could not achieve the championship. He said, “My goal is to win the first game this year,” and promised, “I will try to win the first game by making up for the short game that was lacking last year and increasing the fairway landing rate.”

Go Gun-taek, a former member of the national team, is also noteworthy. Go Gun-taek, who broke the course record of Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea Urban and Links Course by recording 10 under par 62 in the first round of the 2019 Genesis Championship, is knocking on the door to win every year. Attention is focusing on whether Go Gun-taek, who recorded the highest ever record (tied for 4th place) at the KB Financial Live Championship last year, will achieve his first win in 4 years of his debut.

Lee Jae-kyung, who won the Rookie of the Year award in 2019, is also sweating to make up for the sluggish performance of last season as a rabbit in 1999.