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Korea vs. Australia

2 p.m. Sunday, Icheon Sports Complex, Icheon, Gyeonggi

This is the final international match of the year for the women’s team, who made history by reaching the knockout stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada in June.

Korea, 17th in FIFA rankings, hosts world No. 8 Australia to test their skills and prepare for the final round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2016 Summer Games in February. The women’s team has yet to play in the Olympics.

The team, led by coach Yoon Duk-yeo, was summoned for the first time since August, but key players such as Shim Seo-yeon, Cho So-hyun and Park Eun-seon are missing in the 25-woman squad due to injury. But Chelsea Ladies FC forward Ji So-yun, all-time leading scorer for Korea, will lead the team as captain.

Korea has only two wins, in addition to one draw and 10 losses against Australia.


Women’s trophy

ING Life Champions Trophy

Friday-Sunday, Bayside Golf Club, Busan

The top 24 Korean golfers in the U.S. LPGA Tour and local-based KLPGA Tour golfers are going head-to-head on separate teams in this special event.

The golfers were selected based on their prize money rankings in their tour, while each team selected two players by recommendation. The LPGA team has appointed world No. 2 Park In-bee as captain, while the KLPGA team is led by Kim Bo-kyung.

The event will have a format similar to the Presidents Cup or Solheim Cup, featuring four-ball and four-some matches as well as single match plays on the final day.

On Friday, Park is paired with the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open champion Ryu So-yeon to take on Cho Yoon-ji and Ko Jin-young. LPGA Rookie of the Year Kim Sei-young will partner with Choi Woon-jung (Chella Choi) to play against KLPGA Tour major tournament winners Park Sung-hyun and Ahn Shin-ae.
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