Koreans repeat gold-medal sweep at Asian Games

The triumphant Korean men's team in Guangzhou at the Asian Games.

The triumphant Korean men's team in Guangzhou at the Asian Games.

GUANGZHOU, China – Two stars were born as Korea lived up to its billing as the region’s most flourishing golf nation by winning all four of the gold medals at stake at the Guangzhou Asian Games.

With Kim Meen-whee and Kim Hyun-soo leading the men’s and women’s teams, respectively, the Koreans left their rivals distantly trailing Saturday at the Dragon Lake Golf Club.

Four years after sweeping the golf competitions in Qatar, Korea repeated the feat again. But there was also satisfaction for India and Taiwan that captured silver and bronze, respectively, in the men’s team event. Filipino Miguel Luis Tabuena, 16, claimed individual silver with bronze going to Taiwan’s Hung Chien-yao.

Meanwhile, China’s women can take pride in their team silver and individual silver for Yan Jing. The Taiwanese women took the team bronze.

Kim Meen-whee, who carded a 72-hole total of 15-under 273 for the nine-shot win, is being tapped to follow in the path of compatriot Kim Kyung-tae.

Kyung-tae won the individual gold in 2006 and is now close to breaking into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He also leads the Japan Golf Tour Money List with three events remaining.

For Kim Hyun-soo, her 10-shot win completed a memorable month during which she also helped her country to victory at the World Amateur Team Championship in Argentina.

Since the sport made its Asian Games debut in 1982 in New Delhi, Korea has won 12 golds against Japan’s seven. The women’s game was included in 1990.

This year, 78 men from 20 countries and 32 women from 11 countries – competed in the golf event, an Asian Games record.


MEN’S TEAM EVENT, FULL FINAL-ROUND STANDINGS: 1, Korea 842 (210-208-206-218); 2, India 874 (227-209-222-216); 3=, Chinese Taipei 875 (224-218-220-213), Thailand 875 (226-215-212-222); 5, Philippines 877 (218-217-218-224); 6, Japan 878 (224-217-218-219); 7, China 885 (227-218-214-226); 8, Singapore 892 (229-218-224-221); 9, Hong Kong 898 (226-220-229-223); 10, Bangladesh 900 (224-222-229-225); 11, Malaysia 903 (237-228-224-214); 12, Sri Lanka 909 (223-228-232-226); 13, Lebanon 961 (241-237-241-242); 14, Qatar 1,001 (265-238-257-241); 15=, Saudi Arabia 1,013 (255-262-252-244), Vietnam 1,013 (262-254-250-247); 17, Macau 1,022 (257-255-254-256); 18, Nepal 1,036 (270-254-254-258); 19, Mongolia 1,091 (286-259-275-271)

MEN’S INDIVIDUAL EVENT, LEADING FINAL-ROUND SCORES: 273 – Kim Meen-whee (KOR) 69-68-67-69; 282 – Miguel Luis Tabuena (PHI) 68-68-74-72; 283 – Hung Chien-yao (TPE) 71-70-73-69; 285 – Atthachai Jaichalad (THA) 73-73-65-74, Rashid Khan (IND) 71-68-74-72, Lee Jae-hyeok (KOR) 69-70-74-71; 288 – Satoshi Kodaira (JPN) 74-68-73-73;

WOMEN’S TEAM EVENT, FULL FINAL-ROUND STANDINGS: 1, Korea 560 (144-141-133-142); 2, China 571 (142-148-142-139); 3, Chinese Taipei 585 (148-145-148-144); 4=, Japan 586 (149-149-143-145), Thailand 586 (152-147-148-139); 6, Philippines 601 (157-149-146-149); 7, Malaysia 613 (158-152-152-151); 8, Hong Kong 629 (161-156-155-157); 9, India 637 (162-159-158-158); 10, Vietnam 730 (193-171-185-181)

WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL EVENT, LEADING FINAL-ROUND SCORES: 277 – Kim Hyun-soo (KOR) 70-70-65-72; 287 – Yan Jing (CHN) 69-75-74-69, Kim Ji-hee (KOR) 75-71-71-70; 289 – Ariya Jutanagarn (THA) 75-73-74-67, Li Jiayun (CHN) 73-74-71-71, Han Jung-eun (KOR) 74-71-68-76; 290 – Lin Xiyu (CHN) 75-74-71-70; 291 – Mamiko Higa (JPN) 71-74-72-74

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