“Winning the ‘US Adaptive Open (U.S. Open for the Disabled)’ last year was the happiest moment of my life. After successfully defending my title this year, I want to challenge myself on the PGA 2nd Tour and get good results.”메이저사이트
For Lee Seung-min (26), a professional golfer who is called “Woo Young-woo of the field,” July of last year was an unforgettable time for the rest of his life. This is because he became the first champion at the first ever ‘US Adaptive Open’ golf tournament after a close match that went to overtime. The US Adaptive Open is a national title para golf tournament held by the United States Golf Association (USGA).
Lee Seung-min, who was the first person with autism developmental disorder grade 3 to obtain the qualification as a professional on the Korea Professional Golf Association (KPGA) tour in 2017, won the US Adaptive Open last year to impress domestic golf fans and change awareness of autism developmental disorder. has arranged
Lee Seung-min is now someone’s role model, but his beautiful challenge does not stop this year. Lee Seung-min, who met on the first day of the Korean Tour SK Telecom Open held at Pinx Golf Club in Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do on the 18th, said, “The biggest goal this season is to successfully defend the title at the ‘2nd US Adaptive Open’ scheduled to compete as a defending champion in July. He said, “I will prepare hard so that my name ‘Lee Seung-min’ can be engraved in the second column of the championship trophy.”
The driving force that Lee Seung-min was able to win last year was the experience he had accumulated on the KPGA Korean Tour.
So, another goal for him this season is to pass the Korean Tour cut and break the record. Lee Seung-min has participated in a total of 26 KPGA Korean tours and has succeeded in passing the cut three times. His personal best finish is 62nd at the 2018 DB Property Insurance Pro Me Open.
However, he tied for 83rd in the KPGA Korean Tour Qualifying Tournament (QT) last year, so this season he is on the waiting list. So, in order to achieve his goal, he plans to participate unconditionally in tournaments with Monday qualifiers.
Lee Seung-min diagnosed himself, saying, “Since entering the second round, I have been greedy for ‘passing the cut’, so I have a lot of thoughts and ruin the game.”
Another challenge awaits Lee Seung-min. He is a foray into the Korn Ferry Tour, the second division tour of the Professional Golf (PGA) Tour of America. He also tried the Korn Ferry Tour in 2021, but was eliminated in the qualifying round. Lee Seung-min showed his will, saying, “I plan to participate in the Korn Ferry Tour Q-School again in the fall, but I really want to get good results by working hard.”
Lee Seung-min recently received a special gift. He received ‘private lessons’ from Korean golf legend Choi Gyeong-ju and world ranking 19th Lim Seong-jae. On the 10th, at the Woori Finance Championship held at the Ferrum Club in Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do, Seong-jae Lim checked his shots, and at the SK Telecom Open on the 17th, Kyung-ju Choi gave advice on the mental attitude a golfer should have.
Lee Seung-min, who asked both players the question, “How can I play golf well?” said, “Player Seong-jae Lim advised me to raise my arms naturally when taking back so that the downswing can come down accurately. You said it was an exercise in patience and waiting, but I think that’s what I need the most right now.”
Lee Seung-min also has a donation plan for people with developmental disabilities like himself. He said, “I heard that Kyung-ju Choi donates every time he records a birdie, and I also collect 20,000 won and 10,000 won each time I record an eagle and a birdie,” he said. “I will donate for people with developmental disabilities. I want to make as many birdies as possible,” he expressed his sincere wish.