GOLFZON sponsored athlete Alison Lee! Even as a runner-up, she had many Korean fans.
LPGA rising star, Alison Lee, sadly finished runner-up at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship held at the Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea. Despite her 2nd place finish, Alison received an unparalleled amount of popularity in South Korea and demonstrated her potential as a major player on the tour. Alison Lee, a former #1 ranked U.S. junior golfer, currently attends the prestigious UCLA university with a golf scholarship. She received the “ANNIKA Award”, which is presented every year to the Most Outstanding Female Collegiate Golfer. In 2015, she signed a sponsorship agreement with GOLFZON, an official simulator partner of the LPGA. Alison made her debut 2 years ago and finished in the top 10 ten times, but she has yet to record a win.
Even though the 2016 KEB Hana Bank Championship was only her third tournament in South Korea, Alison has captured the hearts of many Korean golf fans with her playing skills, spoken fluency in Korean, love for Korean cuisine, and her Korean parents. Following her first participation in this tournament last year, Alison started this year’s tournament on fire with her amazing skills. Considering the amount of talent at this tournament, including the world #1 ranked female golfer Lydia Ko, defending tournament champion Lexi Thompson, and LPGA legend Se Ri Pak, Alison’s presence brought even more spotlight to this tournament. She finished the first day of the tournament as the sole leader at 7 under par.
Alison, with her brilliant shots, maintained her lead through the first three rounds but unexpectedly made a fatal mistake in the fourth round. As Carlota Ciganda started closing in on her score, Alison bogeyed the 18th hole and lost in the playoff when her second shot found the rough. In the end, she finished in 2nd place and Carlota Ciganda became the latest tournament champion. Even though Alison displayed some tears of regret in her loss, she cheerfully talked about her extraordinary experience in South Korea on her social media channels. She thanked her many fans by saying, “It felt like a major this week with the large number and supportive fans along with the hospitality.”
The day after her completion of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, Alison participated in a GOLFZON, South Korea’s premier golf simulator company, sponsored charity golf tournament. The event was held at the GOLFZON County Anseong Q course, where Alison Lee was teamed up with former LA Dodger pitcher Chan Ho Park for a round of fun and enjoyment. Afterwards, Alison donated the same wedge that put her in the rough on the 18th hole to the charity auction. And as proof of Alison Lee’s popularity, the wedge commanded a high price at the auction.