Kim Yong-tae (24, Srixon), who overcame hyperthyroidism, won the second division of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA).
Kim Yong-tae won the 2023 KPGA Srixon Tour 3rd tournament (total prize money of 80 million won, championship prize money of 16 million won) held on the 10th and 11th at Gunsan Country Club Jeonju, Iksan Course (par 71) in Gunsan, Jeonbuk.
On the final day of the tournament, Kim Yong-tae made birdies on the 2nd hole (par 5) and 6th hole (par 4). He made a bogey on the 14th hole (par 5), but blocked all the remaining four holes with pars. Kim Yong-tae won the championship with a final total of 7 under par 135 strokes, one stroke ahead of second place.
Kim Yong-tae was an amateur strongman who served as a member of the National Standing Army in 2012 and as a member of the national team in 2015. Lee Jae-kyung (CJ) and Yun Seong-ho (Woori Financial Group), who are currently active in the KPGA Korean Tour (Part 1), are national teammates. 먹튀검증
Kim Yong-tae, who started to stand out by winning the National Elementary School Golf Tournament in 2009, won the 2012 Bacchus Cup SBS Golf National Provincial and Provincial Golf Team Championships in the middle school division, and the 2015 Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup National Middle and High School Golf Tournament in the South High School Division.
After turning to the KPGA pro in April 2016, Kim Yong-tae felt an unknown weight loss and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism after treatment at the hospital. Hyperthyroidism is an overproduction of thyroid hormone, resulting in weight loss, excessive sweating, extreme fatigue, and lethargy.
Kim Yong-tae, who received treatment for about 3 years after diagnosis, achieved victory again in this tournament following the 18th KPGA Challenge Tour in 2019.
Kim Yong-tae said, “I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in 2016, and I lost 20kg, and a kind of burnout accompanied by lethargy and depression came.” “I realized it was golf,” he said.
He explained, “I focused on weight training and had a certain life pattern in order to maintain a steady body. Whenever I felt lethargic, I tried to have a positive mentality.”
Kim Yong-tae said, “I am still training while undergoing treatment. Rather than blaming the situation for the sudden hyperthyroidism, I want to do my best in silence.” I want to be,” he said.