‘Oldest rookie of all time’ Park Seong-jun “Look forward to more next season”

‘Oldest rookie of all time’ Park Seong-jun “Look forward to more next season”

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Park Seong-jun (37) became the late rookie of the year in the 2023 season.

The Korea Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour announced that Park Seong-jun won the Castelbajac Rookie of the Year Award (Outstanding Award) by accumulating 805.88 Castelbajac Rookie of the Year points.

Jang Yu-bin (21) and Jo Woo-young (22) are ranked 2nd and 3rd in the Rookie of the Year category, but they will not be able to participate in the final LG SIGNATURE Players Championship. Therefore, a reversal was impossible, and Park Seong-jun, the leader, became the rookie of the year.

With this, Seongjun Park became the oldest rookie of the year on the KPGA Korean Tour at the age of 37 years, 5 months, and 9 days. The previous oldest record was Lee Won-jun (38), who received Rookie of the Year honors in 2020 at the age of 35 years and 16 days.

Seongjun Park said, "I am very happy that the first award I received after returning to the KPGA Korean Tour was the Rookie of the Year Award. It was difficult to adapt to the grass and environment of domestic courses because I only played on overseas tours for a long time, but I have adapted a lot now. I will teach myself more next season. “I think we can look forward to it,” he said.

Park Seong-jun, who served as a member of the national team in 2004-05, 오피쓰 joined the KPGA Pro (associate member) in 2005, and the KPGA Tour Pro (regular member) in 2006, has been playing for the Bear River Challenge Tour (now Srixon Tour), which was the second division tour at the time, since 2009 after serving in the military. read more ) was active in

Since 2010, he has been on the domestic 2nd and 3rd division tours and the Japanese 1st division tour and 2nd division tour (Abema TV Tour), and won his first Japanese tour victory at the 2013 Bana H Cup KBC Augusta.

Afterwards, he went through the Web.com Tour (now Korn Ferry Tour), the second division tour of the PGA Tour in 2014, and started playing on the PGA Tour in 2014-15, but was unable to maintain his seeding due to a left shoulder injury.

After returning from injury, Park Seong-jun, who obtained a KPGA Korean Tour seed through the KPGA Korean Tour QT last year, participated in 17 competitions in the 2023 season, placed in the top 10 three times, and succeeded in passing the cut in 10 competitions. His best finish of the season was a tie for 7th at the LX Championship.

Meanwhile, Castelbajac has been sponsoring the KPGA Korean Tour Outstanding Artist Award (Rookie Award) since 2018. Ham Jeong-woo (29), who is currently ranked first in Genesis points, Bae Yong-jun (23), and Lee Jae-kyung (24) are Castelbajac Rookie Award recipients.

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