Jiwon Jeon, the first title on the Epson Tour

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Jiwon Jeon, the first title on the Epson Tour
Jiwon Jeon, the first title on the Epson Tour

Korean Jiwon Jeon sealed her first title on the Epson Tour by winning the Inova Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship with 209 (66 73 70, -10) strokes, the eighth seasonal event of the circuit, which took place on the El Campeon Golf Course (par 72), in Howey-In-The-Hills Florida.

Jiwon Jeon, results

Roberta Liti was unable to maintain the leadership acquired after the second lap who, however, once again offered an excellent performance, finishing for the second consecutive time in fourth place (212 – 71 67 74, -7), her best result ever on the circuit, where in six events he scored a third top ten and never moved beyond 17th position.

Angelica Moresco came out at the cut, 119th with 157 (78 79, +11). The winner was two strokes behind Lindy Duncan and Malaysian Alyaa Abdulghany, second with 211 (-8), while Haylee Harford and Korean Min A Yoon finished in fifth place with 213 (-6) and seventh with 214 (- 5) Cydney Clanton, the Malaysian Natasha Andrea Oon, the Thai Pinyada Kuvanun and the Indian Nishtha Madan.

Jiwon Jeon celebrated her 26th birthday in the best possible way on May 26, the day the tournament started. Born in Daegu, a student at the University of Alabama, where she was on the women's golf team, she turned pro in early 2020 after passing Qualifying School at the end of 2019.

She didn't have much luck in her first season on the LPGA Tour and in the following two years she also alternated on the Epson Tour, where she obtained some satisfaction such as a second and a third place in 2022, while things did not improve in the few appearances on the major circuit.

This year she hit the mark in the eighth race held after always cashing in the top seven with placings between 17th and 53rd. She started the final round with a late shot from Roberta Liti and, despite some mistakes, she managed to win the game with a 70 (-3) after six birdies, a bogey and a double bogey. For her title, Jeon received a check for $30,000 out of a $200,000 prize pool.