Former world No. 1 Ko Jin-young to defend title at HSBC Girls’s World Championship

South Korean golfer Ko Jin-young will likely be again in Singapore to defend her title on the 2023 HSBC Girls’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Membership from March 2 to five.

Ko, who took the highest spot within the Rolex World Rating in January however misplaced it to Thai rookie Atthaya Thitikul in November, received final yr by a two-shot margin over Minjee Lee and In Gee Chun after an exhilarating closing day.

The championship went all the way down to the wire, with Lee tied with fellow South Korean Jeongeun Lee at 16-under par as they headed to the 18th. Whereas Lee discovered the bunker, an ice-cool below stress, Ko birdied the final to shut for a 6-under par 66.

Ko had been battling a wrist damage not too long ago, forcing her to overlook two Women Skilled Golf Affiliation tournaments in August. However she was decided to not let it have an effect on her for lengthy, as she performed by the ache on the CME Group Tour Championship in Nov.

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“It was a giant achievement for me to win the HSBC Girls’s World Championship final yr because it had been a objective of mine with so many nice gamers having received it through the years. I’m excited to return to Singapore to defend my title, however I’m much more excited to listen to that we’ll have followers again with us in 2023,” commented Ko, who’s at present fifth within the ladies’s world rating.

“We’ve got all actually missed having followers on the market supporting us at Tanjong as they make the ambiance so particular. Singapore is a favorite vacation spot of all of the gamers, and I can’t wait to return and luxuriate in all the gorgeous sights, the superb meals and undoubtedly all of the fantastic followers!”

The event has been held since 2008, and the inaugural version was received by Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa. She retired from golf two years in the past, having received two championships and was named LPGA’s Participant of the 12 months for 4 consecutive years from 2006 to 2009. The previous world primary golfer was inducted into the World Golf Corridor of Fame in 2017.

Previous champions embody 2021 – Hyo Joo Kim (South Korea), 2019 – Park Sung-hyun (South Korean), 2018 – Michelle Wie (USA), 2017 – Inbee Park (South Korea), and 2016 – Ha Na Jang (South Korean).

The 72-hole stroke play event will as soon as once more be performed on the famend Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Membership, which hosts its tenth version of the event. Sentosa Golf Membership is a number one mild in driving sustainability initiatives in golf all over the world and was not too long ago named the ‘World’s Finest Eco-Pleasant Golf Facility’ on the 2022 World Golf Awards.

Tickets to the event have gone on sale since Dec 16, with the primary 100 tickets to be bought entitled to a restricted version HWWC Goodie Bag to be redeemed on-site. For extra info on ticket gross sales, go to


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