Lee Soo-min (30, All That Sports, photo) from Pyeongchang is one of the stars representing the Korean Men’s Professional Golf (KPGA) tour.
A former national representative, he won the Korean Tour Rookie of the Year in 2015 and the prize money in 2019. He has won four KPGA Tour careers, including winning the Gunsan CC Open as an amateur in 2013, and also won the European Professional Golf Tour Shenzhen International in 2016.
He already boasts five career wins, but this year is more important than ever. Because it is his first season after being discharged from the military.
Lee Soo-min, who was discharged from the military in October of last year, said, “It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a tour, so I’m excited and looking forward to it.” I will do my best to show good results and great play to repay the sponsors who have believed in me even during the long hiatus and the fans who have waited patiently for me.”
He had a hiatus from the military, but his stamina improved. Having worked as a social worker in charge of the reserve forces in Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang, he said he focused on shot practice and physical training after work. Even on weekends, he immersed himself in practicing at the golf course and tried not to lose his senses. However, his two-year hiatus is by no means a short period. The short game and sense of actual play are clearly in a state of falling.
Accordingly, he moved to Thailand from the end of December last year and started field training early.
Lee Soo-min said, “Since it is the return season, I seem to be very greedy.” I wonder if he can achieve his goal of winning this year if he works hard without burdening himself.” 스포츠토토
His goals are not confined to the country. As a player who has risen to the top on the European stage, he is aiming to advance to the American Professional Golf (PGA) tour, where Sokcho native Kim Si-woo and others are active.
Lee Soo-min said, “I often imagine myself playing on a bigger stage while watching Korean players who are making great strides in the PGA.” In the first half, I will focus on the Korean Tour, and in the second half, I plan to participate in the Korn Ferry Tour (Part 2) Qualifying School, the first gateway to the PGA Tour.”
As one of the few KPGA tour stars from a province, he also expressed his gratitude to the people of the province. Lee Soo-min said, “Thanks to the people of the province who always support me, I think I have been able to come this far with strength.” If a lot of people come to the venue and cheer for us, it will be a great help.”