Amateur Golfer Yong-jun Bae Wins Third Ticket to THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGESNEWS&STORIES 2018.09.10
Amateur Golfer Yong-jun Bae
Wins Third Ticket to THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES
Bridge to Realization; a Dream Has Become Reality
- Yong-jun Bae (a senior at Daejeon Physical Education High School) has his entry into THE CJ CUP confirmed by winning the 65th Hur Chungkoo Cup Korea Amateur Golf Championship
- "Now that I am going to be attending THE CJ CUP in October, I will do my best in the tournament to make my name known far and wide."
Yong-jun Bae, a senior at Daejeon Physical Education High School, has won the third ticket to THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES (hereinafter, “THE CJ CUP”), South Korea’s first official PGA TOUR event.
Bae won the 65th Hur Chungkoo Cup Korea Amateur Golf Championship that was held at Namseoul Country Club in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do from the 4th (Tue) to 7th (Fri), finishing with an 11-under-par 277. The win has earned Bae sole ticket to THE CJ CUP allocated to an amateur player. As a result, Bae has become the third player to be make it onto the roster for THE CJ CUP, following 2018 Genesis Championship winner Tae-hee Lee and 61st KPGA Championship winner Do-yeop Moon, and is going to have a chance to play on the PGA TOUR.
Bae, who also won the Hoshim Amateur Golf Championship held in July, stated his feelings after the win, saying, "I am honored to have the opportunity to play at THE CJ CUP, and I will enjoy playing alongside the world's best players while savoring the challenges of the course. I look forward to playing with Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. I heard that it's very windy at Nine Bridges, and I will prepare myself diligently for that kind of condition.” Bae also participated in the 2018 US Amateur Championship held in Pebble Beach of the U.S in August after passing the regional preliminary rounds.
THE CJ CUP, now in its second year following last year’s inaugural installment, has affirmed itself as a competition every Korean golfer seeks to play in. Tae-hee Lee, who became the first player to win a ticket to the competition in May, expressed his anticipation, saying, "I have been dreaming of playing THE CJ CUP, so much so that I even watched the competition last year in person from the gallery. Now that I am going to play on that stage, I feel like I won’t be able to easily contain my excitement!” Do-yeop Moon also expressed similar feelings, saying, “I’ve been wanting to play at THE CJ CUP this year, no matter what it takes, and I’m now very pleased to have achieved that goal.”
True to its motto “Bridge to Realization”, THE CJ CUP has been providing the opportunity to play on the big stage to one promising young player it picks from among eight invited players. Last year, Gyu-min Lee, the winner of Sports Chosun’s 28th Korean National Middle/High School Championship, seized such a chance. The opportunity allowed Lee to have the meaningful experience of playing alongside his idols on a global stage, and this year, it is Bae who is going to realize his dream as a promising young player.
“We sincerely congratulate Yong-jun Bae for his admission into THE CJ CUP. In order for South Korea’s talented players to experience world-class tournaments at the earliest possible time, we have been issuing one ticket to THE CJ CUP to an amateur player since last year,” said a CJ official. “We hope that promising amateur players experience the big stage through THE CJ CUP and mature even further as golf players and grow into world-class players like Si-woo Kim.”
* Tickets are issued according to the order of the categories, and if there is a player in a category who has already acquired a ticket, the next highest-ranking player in the subcategory gets a ticket.