Some rookies on the Symetra Tour were able to compete last season and learn about life on Tour. For others like Kum-Kang Park (Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea), 2021 is when their professional careers begin. This week marks her ninth start of her career on the “Road to the LPGA” and she carded her career-low first round of -5 to tie Vicky Hurst heading into tomorrow.
“It was hard during the first eight tournaments because the course is different than in Korea and the system is a little bit different too. It was hard then, but now I feel good,” said Park. “My shot condition was very good today because I hit 16 fairways in regulation. My second shots were really good, this is a really tough course and the rough is really long, but that helped me a lot (to post a good score) today.”
Park was bogey free on Friday afternoon and carded five birdies. While she is still learning the ropes of the Symetra Tour, Park has experience from past Ladies European Tour (LET) and Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) events in 2019 to look back at and grow from.