Hanoi, Vietnam: IMG-managed Sky Lake Resort & Golf Club has created a slice of golfing history by staging Vietnam’s first professional ladies’ tournament.
Played over the award-winning Lake Course, the US$200,000 Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association [KLPGA] event was won by 28-year-old Chung Ye-na with a 36-hole total of three-under-par.
The event was part of the new KLPGA Winter Tour that will stage a second tournament in Vietnam – at Dalat at 1200 Country Club and Private Estate – this month.
Tim Haddon, Sky Lake’s General Manager, said it was a pleasure to host such an innovative event that put ladies professional golf on display for the first time in Vietnam.
He said: “We were keen to see how the pros fared on our Lake Course, which was recently named Vietnam’s Best Championship course. We were delighted it lived up to its reputation as one of the most challenging courses in the country.”
Haddon praised the players for the manner in which they conducted themselves on and off the course and in the way they interacted with fans. “They were a credit to themselves and the KLPGA Tour,” he said.
The new KLPGA Winter Tour is staged by South Korean broadcasting company SBS Golf. It enables the country’s best players to play outside Korea during its bitter winter and expose new golfing destinations like Vietnam to women’s professional golf.
The tournament attracted 42 professionals.
IMG, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, provides management consulting services to Sky Lake Resort & Golf Club.
Boasting a prize purse of US$420,000, the inaugural ‘The Dalat at 1200 Ladies Championship’ will be held from March 22-27.
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