Jiwon Park (UC Berkeley) is tied for ninth place after the second round of the 14th Asia Pacific Amateur Golf Championship.
Park shot an even-par 71 with six birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey on the second day of the tournament at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Par 71, 7,555 yards) in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday.
With a two-day total of 1-over-par 143, Park finished the tournament in a tie for ninth place.
At 3-under-par 139, she is four strokes behind co-leaders Ding Yuan (CHN) and Lin Chuan-dai (TAIWAN), with the potential for upsets in the third and fourth rounds.
Four players, including Jimmy Chung (NZL) and Billy Dowling (AUS), are two shots back in a three-way tie for third at 1-under 141.
Second-ranked Kim Hyun-wook (KOR), who was two strokes behind the leader after the first round, dropped six strokes on the day to finish at 3-over par 145 and tied for 13th.
Park, who began playing golf in the second grade at Geumgang Elementary School in Busan, graduated from Haeundae Middle School before continuing her golf career in the United States.
She attended high school in Florida, USA, and later attended Arizona State University for her sophomore year before transferring to UC Berkeley.
He describes his English as “survival English” as he moved to the U.S. on his own and laughs before admitting, “It was hard to get through high school because I didn’t speak English very well at first.”
“I have an assignment that’s due tomorrow, so I have to go to my room now and get it done,” said the sociology major at UC Berkeley.
Despite the difficulties of studying at a university in the U.S., Park Ji-won admitted, “It’s hard to combine academics with golf, but it’s good that it keeps me from falling in love with golf too much.” “In the past, I was only looking at golf, but now I feel like I have a good balance between golf and academics,” he said.
This is Park Ji-won’s second appearance at the tournament after competing in 2019.
“Compared to four years ago, I am much more relaxed because I have gained experience by playing college tournaments in the United States,” he said, adding that the level of players is high and the course is difficult.
Park Ji-won, who describes her strength as “playing well in the wind,” adds, “I can’t drop more than five strokes at a time, but I also have a sense of stability that I can’t lose.”
“The greens were hard, so I tried to get the ball to the easiest spots to putt, and it worked out well,” she said of her second round, adding, “I made a lot of birdies and a few bogeys, so I’m a little disappointed, but overall it was a good round.”
When asked about her strategy for the third and fourth rounds, Park Ji-won said, “I think the best strategy is to focus on each shot and play as smart as possible,” adding, “The course is very difficult, so I think it’s best to focus on each shot rather than make a special strategy.”
“I went to the gallery at the 2016 Masters and it was a dream,” he said, adding that he admires UC Berkeley alumni Colin Morikawa and Max Homa (USA) on the PGA Tour. “I will definitely try to make it to that tournament,” he said. 토토사이트