Volvik Player Mi Hyang Lee Wins On LPGA Tour Playing Orange Volvik
Volvik Staff Player Mi Hyang Lee Wins On LPGA Tour Playing Orange Volvik Golf Ball
Volvik, the #1 Color Golf Ball on Tour, experienced their second victory on the LPGA Tour Sunday. Volvik staff player Mi Hyang Lee played a Volvik S3 golf ball to her first victory on the LPGA Tour at the Mizuno Classic in a dramatic five-hole playoff.
"I can't believe it right now," Lee said."It feels amazing. Awesome."
Players using Volvik color golf balls earned three Top 5 finishes at the Mizuno Classic including 1st, 2nd and 4th. It was the 12th Top 5 and 31st Top 10 finish on the 2014 LPGA Tour for Volvik players.
1st Mi Hyang Lee Orange
2nd Ilhee Lee Yellow
4th Chella Choi Orange
In a five-hole sudden death playoff that also featured fellow Volvik staffer Ilhee Lee playing a Yellow Vista iS golf ball, the playoff made for the first ever playoff in a U.S. professional tour event that featured three different color golf balls. In the battle of Orange vs. Yellow vs. White, the Orange ball prevailed, marking the first time an Orange golf ball has won on the LPGA Tour. Ilhee Lee won with a Yellow Volvik ball in 2013 at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.
Mi Hyang Lee hit the shot of the tournament on the 5th playoff hole, leaving her 3-hybrid approach shot from 190-yards to a two feet for a birdie and victory.
“It was my first playoff ever so before I started the playoff I was a little nervous,” said Mi Hyang Lee. “I just kept playing and made pars and birdies and the other players played really good. It was exciting when I made the last putt.”
The 21-year-old Lee finished with an 11-under 205 total at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club in Shima, Japan. The $180,000 winner's check brings her 2014 earnings up to $536,776, ranking her 29th on the official 2014 LPGA money list.
Volvik now has five staff players ranking in the Top 30 of the LPGA Tour Race to the CME Globe rankings, the new season-long points competition that will pay the player who has accumulated the most points with a $1 million unofficial money payout.
"Volvik is very proud of Mi Hyang Lee's amazing victory at the Mizuno Classic," said Volvik USA President Don Shin. "We have been with Mi Hyang since she first came up on the Symetra Tour and we have known for quite some time that she will be a superstar on the LPGA Tour. To see her accomplish her first win in such a short amount of time confirms what we already knew: Mi Hyang Lee is a winner. To see her as a champion at 21-years-old and to see her win with our golf ball is a really special moment."
Before winning the Mizuno Classic, Lee had three Top 10 finishes on the LPGA this season, including a then career best T6 finish at the Reignwood LPGA Classic. Lee also won the LET’s ISPS Handa New Zealand Open in February with the Volvik S3 95-compression golf ball. Lee was named the Rookie of the Year on the 2012 Symetra Tour after winning two events with a Volvik Vista 4-piece golf ball to help her earn her LPGA Tour card.
““I won on the LET in February in New Zealand and that gave me a lot of confidence,” said Lee. "It’s pretty quick, this is only my second year out here. I think every tournament is a good experience for me and today was pretty great for me because I didn’t think I could win this tournament yet.”
Volvik By The Numbers
- In the last year, players using Volvik golf balls have experienced 11 worldwide victories. Lee's win was the second LPGA Tour win for Volvik staff players in the two seasons.
- Volvik staff players have earned one victory, 13 Top 10's and 19 Top 25 finishes in the last six LPGA Tour events
- Chella Choi ranked T1st in Greens in Regulation and eventual winner Mi Hyang Lee ranked T4th in Greens in Regulation at the Mizuno Classic.
- The winning ball, the S3, ranked as the third most played golf ball model in Taiwan last week on the LPGA Tour. Volvik has finished as the #3 most played ball or higher in 13 different LPGA Tour events this season.
- Players using Volvik color golf balls have experienced 1 win, 12 Top 5's, 31 Top 10's and 68 Top 25's after 30 events on the 2014 LPGA Tour
- Volvik golf balls average a Top 5 finish in 40% of all events played this year and boast a 100% average in Top 10's to events played this year.
The LPGA Tour continues its seven event international swing this week at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico before the season ending CME Championship held in Naples, FL Nov. 20.
Lee will be playing in the Mexico event, her seventh tournament in the past seven weeks.
“I have two more tournaments. I just want to keep playing,” said Lee. “If I keep playing well, I’ll qualify for all of the Majors maybe so I want to keep playing. I have a lot of confidence now that I won an LPGA Tournament.”