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Sei Young Kim Shatters Records En Route To Thornberry Creek Victory

Sei Young Kim fired a final-round 65 to claim victory at the 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a record-shattering score of 31 under par.

Sei Young Kim Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic
Sei Young Kim watches her tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic at Thornberry Creek at Oneida (Wisconsin). Credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The 25-year old Korean, who led after 36 and 54 holes, finished her final day in Green Bay bogey-free with seven birdies. It was Kim’s third mistake-free round of the tournament.

“Just before starting I just setting my goals bogey-free round. So, yeah, I did today, so I’m very happy with another good round,” said Kim.

“I would never thought about it when I was young, about the course record. But after two years ago JTBC I shoot a 27-under; that’s tie record with Annika Sorenstam.

“After that, I wanted to — really wanted course record. Yeah, I’m very happy with dream come true.”

Kim’s four-day total of 257 (-31) broke the LPGA record for the lowest 72-hole score in relation to par by four shots (-27). She also set the all-time record for the most sub-par holes in a single tournament with 32 (the previous record was 30).

It was Kim’s seventh career victory, and first of the 2018 season. She earned $300,000 for the win.


2018 THORNBERRY CREEK LPGA CLASSIC


FINAL TOP 10

1. Sei Young Kim -31
2. Carlota Ciganda -22
3. Emma Talley -20
3. Anna Nordqvist -20
3. Amy Yang -20
6. Bronte Law -18
7. Pei-Yun Chien -17
7. Georgia Hall -17
7. Daniela Holmqvist -17
7. Maria Torres -17
7. Jin Young Ko -17
7. Chella Choi -17
7. Jodi Ewart Shadoff -17
7. Brittany Marchand -17


SEI YOUNG KIM’S WINNING STATS

Driving: 274.9 yards
Fairways: 43/56, 76.7%
Greens: 67/72, 93.0%
Par-3: -1 (3 Birdies, 12 Pars, 1 Double Bogey)
Par-4: -16 (16 Birdies, 24 Pars)
Par-5: -14 (1 Eagle, 12 Birdies, 3 Pars)
All 72: -31 (1 Eagle, 31 Birdies, 39 Pars, 1 Double Bogey)


THORNBERRY CREEK LPGA: FINAL-ROUND HIGHLIGHTS


EARLY-ROUND JOCKEYING

ROUND ONE
1. Katherine Kirk -10 (62)
2. Sei Young Kim -9 (63)
3. Megan Khang -8 (64)

ROUND TWO
1. Sei Young Kim -16 (63-65)
2. Yu Liu -12 (65-68)
3. Amy Yang -11 (67-66)
3. Joakim Lagergren -11 (67-66)
3. Emma Talley -11 (65-68)
3. In Gee Chun -11 (67-66)
3. Mariah Stackhouse -11 (66-67)
3 Katherine Kirk -11 (62-71)

ROUND THREE
1. Sei Young Kim -24 (63-65-64)
2. Amy Yang -16 (67-66-67)
3. Lydia Ko -15 (69-66-66)
3. Anna Nordqvist -15 (67-67-67)
3. Emma Talley -15 (65-68-68)


SEI YOUNG KIM SETS RECORDS

Sei Young Kim Sets Record
Sei Young Kim poses with the standard bearers sign after a record-setting win at the 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Oneida, Wisconsin. Credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Lowest 72 Holes
-31, 257 (63-65-64-65) Sei Young Kim, 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic
-27, 261 (63-66-70-62) Sei Young Kim, 2016 JTBC Founders Cup
-27, 261 (65-59-69-68) Annika Sorenstam, 2001 Standard Register PING

Most Sub-Par Holes in a Single Event
32 – Sei Young Kim, 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic
30 – Brittany Lincicome, 2017 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic
30 – Gerina Piller, 2017 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic
30 – Lexi Thompson, 2017 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic


EXIT QUESTION: SEI YOUNG KIM

Sei Young Kim Wins Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic
Sei Young Kim poses with the trophy after winning the 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Oneida, Wisconsin. Credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Q: You didn’t have the start to the season that I know you probably would’ve hoped for, but what does this win do for your confidence going into the rest of the year?

SEI YOUNG KIM: Beginning year I didn’t have confidence. I was like kind of uncomfortable what I play the tour. Then I miss the cut couple tournaments. I was like how to play well because I really wanted to make the International Crown.

But I missed that, and then, okay, it’s fine. What I can do now? And then, yeah, another good things came to me. Yeah, I’m very happy with that.


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Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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