Jeong Hyun Lee has come to New Zealand and won the biggest amateur event of her career in dominant fashion at the New Zealand Strokeplay.

After the Queen Sirikit Cup in Indonesia was postponed to a later date due to coronavirus, Lee made the decision to come to New Zealand a couple of weeks ago to compete in the stretch of Jennian Homes Charles Tour events and our national strokeplay championship.

What a decision that was.

She put on a dominant display of golf all week, firing rounds of 67, 71, 68, and 66 to reach 16-under for the event and cruise to a six-shot victory over playing partner, Darae Chung.

Lee says she’s over the moon with her performance.

“I’m really happy I was able to finish strong today. My goal was to bounce back and win this week after I was able to put three good rounds together last week at the Super 6’s but wasn’t able to play well in the final round.

“To play well when there was a lot of pressure was pleasing,” says Lee.

She’s no stranger to the New Zealand shores having travelled here for golf tournaments for the last four years.

Lee felt comfortable all day today, and says remaining calm was her prime focus for the fourth round.

“I just tried to be as calm and as free as possible. I tried to focus on each shot and make pars, but I was surprised to make as many birdies as I did,” she laughs.

The young Korean says while the world is going through something bigger than the game itself at the moment, her decision to come and play in New Zealand was a good one.

“I’m really happy to be here in New Zealand. Even though tournaments and sporting events around the world have been cancelled, it was a good decision to come here to play in some tournaments and see my friend,” Lee says.

Darae Chung finished in second place at 10-under, whilst defending champion Carmen Lim took out the bronze medal at eight-under.



    1 Lee, Jang Hyun 141.71
    2 Smail, Charlie 70.86
    3 Jones, Samuel 70.29
    4 Kobori, Kazuma 57.14
    4 Zheng, Jimmy 57.14
    1 Son, Yeonsoo 86.85
    2 Chung, Darae 73.47
    3 Kang, Sumin 69.60
    4 Im, Amy 59.69
    5 Raj, Tara 54.49