Tournament Introduction

KOLON KOREA OPEN. The Kolon Korea-open golf championship

Foundation & developement content

  • people photo besides Duk Chun Yeon

    After independence, there existed not a single professional golfer in Korea besides Duk Chun Yeon(87).

    Hence, promoting to nurture professional golfers was indispensable
    at that time. Lee soon young, director of Seoul Country Club at the time put heavy consideration trying to make resolutions for professional golfer gap. He came out with the conclusion that exchanging international golf tournaments was the concrete breakthrough to elevate Korean golfer's capabilities. And the basis toward achieving this goal would come from having players with whom he precipitated the nurturing of professional golfers.

  • golfers photo when in bounded in seoul

    Coordination between director Lee and professional golfer Yeon brought about the world of professional golf in Korea incrementally and the news started to spread out. In spite of difficult financial status, Seoul Country Club decided not to lose this opportunity for rehabilitation and starts to design tournaments for open golfers.

    Finally, the first Korea open golf tournament was announced to be held at Seoul Country

    Gurakbu Course from 11 September 1958 to the 14th for 4 consecutive days to all domestic and international golf associations.

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    The first tournament held after some confrontment of struggles started off small with domestic professional/amateur players including a few participants from The United States and China.

    Though a small start, the tournament held in the peninsula showed professionalism and energy that could be compared to those of any other foreign tournament.

    After the foundation of golf association and with the help of press to advertise internationally, top class players from Japan, China began participating in the Korea Open, as if it had really become a major international tournament. Later, additional players from New Zealand, Australia, and Philippines joined for competition, prospering the tournament.

    On the other side, the initiatives for Korea Open were transferred from Seoul Country Gurakbu to Korea Golf Association in 1966(current Korea Golf Association), and then were renamed into Korea Open golf championship & Asia Golf Circuit tournament after conducting a parallel game employment together with the Asia Golf tournaments from 1970.

    In 1982, with the support of Maeil economics paper, Decisions were made to employ Maekyung Open golf championship and Asia golf circuit tournament together that brought back the Korea Open golf championship into an independent tournament.

    Thus it allowed the change of the tournament schedule to be played in September and October which are ideal seasons to host a golf tournament.

The Korea Open with KOLON content area

After changes over changes, the Korea Open began to stood as an international tournament with pride and tradition

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So far, it would be adequate to describe that the periods from now back to the 1990's was a time for KOLON to greatly improve as a sponsor to support Korea Open, the symbol of 'power'.

Standing proud as the joint host company in 1990's, Kolon trading has put enormous efforts to develop the tournament to acquire power that suits the national title.
The strategy KOLON trading company had was the invitation of outstanding players who would elevate the quality of the tournament.

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For two consecutive years 1990 and 91 when KOLON began functioning as the joint host company for it's first year, KOLON invited emerging star player Scott Hoke (U.S.A) who recorded four champions in US PGA tour. For the two tournaments held, Scott made champion for two years and stimulated domestic players to enhance their international competitiveness. Though KOLON had to giveaway the national titles continuously to a foreign player, it is still considered to be worthy in the long run in that it elevates the level of Korean golf in the long prospect.

"The Korea Open sets a new objective together facing the new millennium; endeavor to become a global tournament, not just within the Asian region."

So in the 2000s, a number of world star players were invited. KOLON invites Nick Faldo (U.K) 7 games winner in major tournaments in 2001 and Paul Lorry (Scotland), the champion of 1999 British Open and other major level players. In 2002, KOLON invited Sergio Garcia (Spain), 'the European golf's divinity' who could be ranked with Tiger Woods. At this competition, Garcia recorded lowest hit, 265 (-23) and taught the audience of what a luminous and stylish golf is about.

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2003. The 46th KOLON Korea Open championship that shifted the stage to Woojeong hills c.c came out with 'gender competition' as another strategy. John Deli (U.S.A), the monstrous long hitter and Lora Davis (U.K) was what 'gender competition' meant about. After winning the 2003 Korea Open, John Deli could find another opportunity for rise back and did win champion at PGA.

In 2007, world number one Vijay Singh won the 50th anniversary tournament. Ricky Fowler won his first championship in this competition, Based on such confidence, he won the PGA Tour afterwards.

Lori McIlroy of Northern Ireland has played three times in 2009, 2011 and 2013 and has always played the best. Yang won the Korean Open for the first time in 2006 and then was invited to the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China. In the tournament, Yang won the opportunity to advance to the world stage by winning Tiger Woods and winning the contest.

Beginning to toddle in 1958, the Korea Open has left many topics and records for 61 years. Those records could have been made not only with the traditions and history, but also with the invitation of foreign top class players. This has brought up the level of Korean Golf and actually has depicted how it has grown.