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KLPGA team places second behind JLPGA at Queens

The Korean ladies finished second in the Queens four-team golf tournament on Sunday behind Japan.

The inaugural event at the Miyoshi Golf and Country Club in Aichi, Japan, featured four teams of nine players from the Ladies European Tour, the Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association of Japan (JLPGA), the Australian Ladies Professional Golf and the Korean Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association (KLPGA).

They partook in fourball, foursome and single-match play over three days to determine the winner. Three points were awarded to the winner, while the losing team got zero. One point was awarded to each side when the match ended all square.

The KLPGA team, led by captain Lee Bo-mee, collected a total of 38 points over three days, just three points shy of JLPGA team. The European team came in third with 12 followed by the ALPG team with seven.

The Korean ladies had 24 points in single-match play with eight wins and one loss on Sunday. However, the loss was critical, as Cho Yoon-ji lost to Japan’s Ayaka Watanabe.

The JLPGA team collected 10 points on single-match play with six wins, one draw and two losses to collect prize money of 45 million yen ($366,400). The KLPGA team received 27 million yen.


Korean two-man team takes third at World Cup event

Korean bobsled duo Won Yun-jong and Seo Young-woo won the bronze medal for the second straight week in the Bobsled World Cup.

At the IBSF Bobsled World Cup in Winterberg, Germany, on Saturday, Won and Seo finished third with a combined record of 1 minute 50.71 seconds in the two-man bobsled competition. They finished with 55.30 seconds in their first race, and clocked 55.41 in the second race.

Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis were winners at 1:50.37, followed by Lativa’s Oskars Melbardis and Daumants Dreiskens at 1:50.50.

Won, the 30-year-old pilot, and Seo, the 24-year-old pusher, also finished third in the season’s first World Cup event in Altenberg, Germany, on Nov. 28 and became the first Koreans to win a medal in the two-man bobsled. Their record in Winterberg was 2.31 seconds faster than in Altenberg.


Choi Min-jeong captures three gold medals in Japan

Korea finished the season’s third short track speed skating World Cup event with three golds, two silvers and three bronzes, powered by 17-year-old skater Choi Min-jeong.

At the ISU World Cup in Nagoya, Japan, on Sunday, Choi won the women’s 1,000-meter race and also helped Korea win another gold medal in the 3,000-meter relay. On Saturday, she won the women’s 1,500-meter race. Meanwhile, the men’s team collected one silver and a bronze in the event.

By Joo Kyung-don

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