A Comeback Story for the Ages
at the Hanwha Classic 2018
- The purse for this year's tournament was the largest in KLPGA history
- Hanwha Q CELLS Golf Team members Jung-min Lee and Nelly Korda were among the prize winners
[September 14, 2018] There were cheers and tears when the KLPGA's Hanwha Classic 2018 golf tournament came to a spectacular end on September 2. Jeong-eun Lee emerged victorious by not only winning the tournament but also ending her title drought with her first major crown. It was an emotional finale at Hanwha's latest golf event, where the organizers pulled out all the stops to make it a rousing success.
Last year in 2017, the name "Hanwha Finance Classic" was changed to "Hanwha Classic." The change marked a new beginning as the Hanwha Classic is now proudly on par with other international golf opens on many levels from golf management to operations to customer service. The tournament was also moved from the Golden Bay Golf & Resort to the Jade Palace Golf Club. The Jade Palace Golf Club features a course designed by Australian golf champion Greg Norman.
Rested and ready to play, ready to be rewarded
This year, the Hanwha Classic went above and beyond for the athletes by offering a total prize money of $1.25 million, the largest purse in the KLPGA's history. And to ensure that the players were rested and ready for the tournament, they were provided with amenities like specially-built leisure facilities and unlimited practice time on the course.
Golf fans in the gallery were also taken care of, with chartered trains and buses to transport them to and from the Jade Palace Golf Club.
Milestone performances by the Hanwha Q CELLS Golf Team
Eight members of the Hanwha Q CELLS Golf Team competed in this year's Hanwha Classic. Team member Jung-min Lee sank her first professional hole-in-one, winning a brand new Range Rover Velar. Teammate Nelly Coda scored an albatross on the 18th hole in the second round and received a cash prize.
Hanwha Q CELLS Golf Team was formed only 7 years ago in 2011 but it has already brought home 25 wins from LPGA, KLPGA, JLPGA, and LET. The wins have helped Hanwha Q CELLS promote its brand all over the world as a leading solar energy solutions provider.
Hanwha golfing tradition
The Hanwha Classic was originally called the Hanwha Cup Seoul Women's Open when it was first held in 1990. It has since attracted an international array of golfers from the LPGA, KLPGA, and JLPGA looking to compete world-wide against others on different tours.
The Hanwha Classic also provides an opportunity for many young Korean golfers with their first exposure to the international stage. Legendary Korean golfer Pak Se-ri won the tournament three consecutive years from 1995 to 1997 before going on to become a world-wide sensation.
Hanwha Group, founded in 1952, is one of the Top-Ten business enterprises in South Korea and a “FORTUNE Global 500” company. Hanwha Group has more than 85 domestic affiliates and over 380 global networks in three major sectors: manufacturing and construction, finance, and services and leisure. With more than 65 years track record of industrial leadership, Hanwha’s manufacturing and construction businesses encompass a broad range of fields from chemicals & materials, aerospace & mechatronics, total solar energy solutions, and global construction. The finance network, covering insurance, asset management and securities, is the second largest non-bank financial group in South Korea. The services and leisure sector offers premium lifestyle services with retail and resort businesses.
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