The ‘putting goddess’ leaves the familiar field and transforms into a teacher who delivers know-how to juniors.
Lee Seung-hyun (32, NH Investment & Securities), who won 7 wins (2 majors) in 12 years on the Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour, has put an end to her intense tour life. Lee Seung-hyun said, “During my career as a player, I received a lot of support and great love. Now, I want to focus on nurturing players so that I can give back to my juniors,” he said.
Lee Seung-hyun, who took a break for two years due to pregnancy and childbirth, prepared for a second life instead of seed extension. He decided to retire last year, and held an official retirement ceremony at Suwon Country Club on the 14th, where the final round of the NH Investment & Securities Ladies Championship, his main sponsor competition, was held.
After debuting on the KLPGA tour in 2010, Lee Seung-hyun, who received attention as a byword for consistency by placing his name within the top 30 on the prize money list for 9 consecutive seasons until 2018, earned the nickname “God of Putting” by maintaining his average putting score within 5th place. In 2017, he won the Hite Jinro Championship, a major tournament on the KLPGA tour, by 9 strokes, the most strokes, and in the 2018 S-Oil Championship, he set a new record for winning the fifth no-bogi play.
NH Investment & Securities has been with Lee Seung-hyun as the main sponsor since 2013, and CEO Jung Young-chae celebrated Lee’s new start by presenting a golden putter with a head made of pure gold. NH Investment & Securities said, “We prepared a retirement ceremony as a token of gratitude for being active as a member of the company. We made a golden putter and gave it as a gift with the meaning of continuing our precious relationship in the future and cheering for the second life.”
Lee Seung-hyun, who received a valuable gift, said, “I am grateful to NH Investment & Securities for firmly supporting his player life. He thought a lot about his retirement while taking a break from playing activities due to childbirth last year. He replied, “Thank you so much for preparing a meaningful retirement ceremony.”토스카지노
Lee Seung-hyun, who chose the path of a leader after his retirement, has already opened the ‘Lee Seung-hyun Golf Studio’ in Yangjae-dong, Seoul, passing on putting know-how to his juniors. Suji Kim (27, Dongbu Construction), who won the KLPGA Tour Grand Prize last year, and Jiwon Hong (23, Yojin Construction) inherited Lee’s know-how and won the championship. Lee Seung-hyun plans to expand his range of activities by teaching his juniors not only the putting coach but also the mental management he has learned from touring activities.