4 Female Golfers to Compete at Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
David Lee, July 12, 2016, 8:08 a.m.
Four female golfers will represent Korea in the upcoming summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. They are Park In-bee, Kim Sei-young, Amy Yang and Chun In-gee. Players were chosen based on the latest world rankings released on Monday. Sixty men and women will compete at the Olympics in individual events only. Each country gets to pick two golfers, but countries with golfers in the top 15 world rankings can send up to four.
Park is No. 3 in the world, Kim is in fifth, Yang in sixth and Chun in eighth. Unfortunately, the other two Korean female golfers in the top 15 -- Jang Ha-na in 10th and Ryu So-yeon in 12th -- could not be included on the squad.
Park, who was weighing on the possibility of joining the national team due to injuries, said, "Playing in the Olympics was my dream for a longtime. My left thumb feels a lot better recently, so I decided to join." "I will do my best at the Olympics," she added.
Pak Se-ri, who will coach the national team, said, "I feel confident and relieved after I heard that Park will join us at the Olympics. Her performance matters for sure, but her presence alone will be very encouraging to the rest of the team."
The Korean team is one of the best in the world. Park has already achieved a career Grand Slam and was inducted to the Hall of Fame, Kim has some amazing shots, Yang is consistent and Chun has won major titles in Korea, Japan and U.S.
The other world's best golfers will also compete at Rio including world No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand, No. 2 Brooke Henderson of Canada, No. 4 Lexie Thompson of the U.S., and No. 7 Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand.