Weekend PickK-League Classic
Gwangju FC at Suwon Samsung Bluewings
6 p.m., Sunday, Suwon World Cup Stadium
Suwon captain Yeom Ki-hun became the eighth member of the “50-50 club” (50 goals and 50 assists for his career) on Wednesday after he scored a penalty against Daejeon Citizen. The goal was the 32-year-old’s 50th to go along with 62 assists in his 216 K-League matches.
Suwon, currently No. 2 in the league, has designated Sunday’s match to celebrate the achievements of Yeom, who will join the national team for the World Cup qualifier.
Fans will see huge poster of Yeom and play a free-kick game to win the midfielder’s autograph. For the first 6,000 fans entering the stadium, Suwon will hand out masks with a picture of Yeom’s face.
Yeom, who is No. 1 in the league in goals and assists, will lead the Bluewings’ attack against Gwangju, which is looking for its first win against Suwon. The visiting team has one draw and four losses in its last five encounters, including a 2-0 loss last month.
Lotte Cantata Ladies Open
Today-Sunday, Lotte Skyhill Country Club, Seogwipo, Jeju
The 10th event of the season starts on Friday with 132 golfers trying to collect the winning prize of 120 million won ($108,000). Entering its fifth edition, the golf tournament raised its overall purse from 500 million won to 600 million won this year.
All eyes will be on Lee Jung-min, who lifted her second trophy of the season after winning the E1 Charity Open last weekend. With the victory, Lee moved up to third in prize money behind Chun In-gee and Ko Jin-young. She is second in score average and MVP points.
Chun will not participate in order to rest, but Ko, who didn’t play last week due to eye inflammation, will return. Ko also has two wins this season.
Kim Bo-kyung, who won the Lotte Mart Women’s Open that kicked off the season, also is considered a top contender with two victories on the course.
Thursday-Sunday, 360 Country Club, Yeoju, Gyeonggi
Nefs furniture company sponsored a KLPGA Tour event until last year, but it has moved to the men’s tour.
With 162 golfers participating, the event has a total purse of 400 million won, with the winner taking at least 80 million won. That will go up, though, as organizers sweeten the pot after the third round with more money from ticket and merchandise sales.
Lee Tae-hee is the leader after the first round at 7-under 64.
Tour de Korea
Sunday-June 14, Busan-Seoul
Entering its ninth year, Korea’s largest international cycling event hosted by the Korea Sports Promotion Foundation starts its eight-day journey on Sunday in Busan.
Five local teams and 15 teams from 13 countries will race 1,249 kilometers (776 miles) on a route that goes through Busan, Gumi, Muju, Yeosu, Gangjin, Gunsan, Daejeon and Seoul.
This will be the second time tour is held as a category 2.1 event as classified by the International Cycling Union.
From 2007-13, the Tour de Korea was classified as category 2.2, before being promoted last year.
BY JOO KYUNG-DON [firstname.lastname@example.org]