‘KPGA’s youngest seed’ Jeong Yoo-jun “I will receive the rookie award”
“I want to receive the rookie award this year.”
This is the goal of Jeong Yoo-jun, who is about to debut on the Korean Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour. Turning 21 this year in Korean age, he tied for 30th at the KPGA Korean Tour Qualifying Tournament held in November last year, becoming the ‘youngest seed holder’. The process was not smooth. On the first day of the tournament, I made a lot of mistakes and my ranking was greatly pushed out of the top 100. He did not give up and showed concentration for the remaining three days, raising the ranking to a tie for 30th on the final day. Jeong Yoo-jun said, “I thought it would be difficult to get the seed because of my poor performance on the first day.”
Jeong Yoo-jun, who met with Asia Economic Daily on the 3rd, cited ‘calmness’ as his strength. He said that since he was young, he was calm and calm, so he was rarely surprised or angry at most things. It was for this reason that he, who had been involved in the baseball team until the 5th grade of elementary school, suddenly changed his sport to golf. His father’s suggestion that he was more suited to golf, where calmness and situational judgment are important, also worked well for him. Jung Yoo-jun said, “When I first picked up a golf club after coming out of the baseball club, it was daunting and uninteresting.” “Now, I think the choice I made when I switched to golf was a ‘God’s move’. I feel that it suits my calm personality much better,” he said.
His basic temperament is calm, but he also has the boldness to enjoy real games rather than practice. Jeong Yoo-jun is a ‘practical propaganda’ that makes his body lighter on the field. Three years after he started playing golf, he won the Gwangju Superintendent Bae Student Golf Tournament, and has since accumulated two more victories in the tournament. To the question, “Aren’t you nervous when you go out on the field?”, the answer came back, “As nervous as it is, excitement and joy are great.” Jung Yoo-jun said, “Of course there is pressure and stress about grades.” 스포츠토토
Jeong Yoo-jun is a freshman who entered college last year, but he has hardly experienced college life. Due to her tight practice schedule, she has never attended M.T. or O.T. Jeong Yoo-jun’s daily routine starts at 7:00 in the morning. In the morning, she exercises her back and lower body for 1-2 hours at the gym, then eats lunch and devotes herself to practicing shots and putting. From 5pm she goes to a 9-hole practice round. Like other peers, meeting and playing with her friends is ‘unsympathetic’, but she has her own ways to relieve stress. At home after practice, she enjoys playing online games such as League of Legends (LoL) and Overwatch. Jung Yoo-jun said, “It’s unfortunate that she can’t enjoy her school life like an ordinary college student and can’t play freely with her friends, but she has no complaints about her current life.” .
Jeong Yoo-jun, who is about to embark on his first Korean tour, dreams of becoming a player like ‘Tiger Woods’. He said that even if he made a mistake, he immediately regained his composure and focused on the game, which resembled the image he had longed for. Even after he reached the top, he said he wanted to see his challenging spirit, which changed his swing posture twice. His goal is to become a world-class player like Tiger Woods in the distant future, and to receive the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award more closely. Jung Yoo-jun expressed his aspirations, saying, “Unlike the Srixon Tour, the Korean Tour has fast greens and long roughs, so I heard that many players are having a hard time.”