15 June 2019
The First Korean in ADT History
The 2019 OB Golf Invitational celebrated its second edition on the ADT schedule this year, taking place at Royale Jakarta Golf Club. This year it was a Korean player who triumphantly took the title home after a playoff.
At the 2019 OB Golf Invitational, a father approached one of the OB Golf team saying the name Park, while making the hand gestures that suggest taking a photo. He’d done this several times before whenever he met the OB Golf team. By the end of the tournament’s fourth round on May 10, Korea’s Seung Park finally became the focus of attention, just as his father wished.
Park survived the second playoff hole to win his maiden professional title at the $65,000 event and became the first Korean to win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT).
Starting the final day four shots behind the leader, Park sank five birdies against a bogey to secure a final round of 4-under, 68. It was enough to move him to the top of the leaderboard, tied with Thailand’s Panuwat Muenlek, on a total of 14-under, 274. The players would have to determine their fates in a sudden death playoff.
It was on the second playoff hole, the par-five 18th hole of the highly-acclaimed Royal Jakarta Golf Club, that Park was able to stop Panuwat in his tracks. Despite taking four shots to reach the green, Park rolled in a 12-footer for par while Panuwat two-putted from six feet to settle for a bogey. The 22-year-old won the tournament!
“I didn’t expect anything coming into this week. It feels so surreal to win, especially with my father cheering me on all week. I almost cried walking off the green after I sank that putt,” said the young Korean, who missed the cut at Asian Tour Qualifying School in January.
“It has been a tough few years and I haven’t been striking it well since I finished my military service in January. My game just peaked at the right time and I am glad to have earned my first professional victory,” added Park, who had his father supporting him from the sidelines.
Park took home the winner’s purse of US$11,375 and also received six Official World Golf Ranking points for his victory.
Meanwhile, despite losing the playoff, Panuwat wasn’t disappointed. The 33-year-old Thai felt satisfied with his performance, especially during the final round.
“I played really well today, coming back from five shots behind. Even though I lost today, I am happy because I gave myself a chance to fight for another ADT victory in a play-off. I will keep trying because I know a win will come soon,” said Panuwat, who had missed out on his fifth ADT title following the playoff defeat.