Friday Mar 31, 2023

From 27-year-old Lim Seong-kyun to 16-year-old Kim Young-won, ‘1020 MZ blast’ blown into PBA

 A youthful wind is blowing to lead the next generation of professional billiards. 

On the 6th, in the PBA round of 16 of the ‘Crown Haetae PBA-LPBA’ held at Bitmaru Broadcasting Center in Goyang, Jeon In-hyeok (26) defeated Kim Kyung-oh with a shutout and made his name in the quarterfinals. 

In another game, TS Shampoo Puradak’s ‘Young Gun’ Seong-gyun Lim (27) sent Philippos Kasidocostas (Hana Card) home. 

Jeon In-hyeok broke his own record in two seasons of his professional debut. Starting as a registered player on the third tour, he entered the first tour as a wild card last season, and in the third tour, he defeated Javier Palazon (Huons) and advanced to the round of 32. And he set Kang Min-goo (Blue One Resort) back in the NH Nonghyup Card Championship, the 6th tour this season. 

His older sister Jeon Ji-yeon is also a strong player who is constantly challenging the LPBA. His family, including his father, Joong-Woo Jeon, a Dream Tour player, is a PBA family. Jeon In-hyeok said, “I received a lot of help from Dong-gung Kang (SK Rent-a-car) and Jung-wan Lim (PBA competition chairman) for overall advice and practical skills from my father,” and “I was nervous when I first participated, but my play didn’t come out well. The more I did, the more I got used to it,” he said.  온라인바카라

The same goes for Lim Seong-gyun, who is currently playing in the PBA team league. After graduating from Suwon Maetan High School, which is called the ‘billiards academy’, he grew up under the guidance of his uncle, ‘Gold Medalist’ Hwang Deuk-hee. In the 5th tour last season, the ambitious match against ‘Emperor’ Frederic Kudron (Welcome Savings Bank) became a hot topic. 

The younger brother of a player active in the federation is also stepping on the PBA stage. This is Kim Tae-gwan (26), the younger brother of Kim Haeng-jik, who is called the ‘Korean billiards genius’. He received a wild card from his last season and made his debut on the first division tour, and this season, he won two championships on the third division tour, the Challenge Tour, and is showing off the ability of a ‘younger brother’ without regret. 

However, there is another ‘Young Man’ that made a noticeable impact in the PBA this season. 

16-year-old Kim Young-won, who just graduated from middle school, became a hot topic when he made his debut match against ‘PBA Champ’ David Zapata on the first division tour. The result was a complete loss, but he impressed billiard fans with his unflinching spirit against top-tier players. 

And on this tour, he met Cho Jae-ho (NH Nonghyup Card) and had a close match that went as far as winning. He showed only two matches against strong opponents, and each match left a strong impression. 

In addition, among foreign players, Ivan Mayor (22), who is called the ‘Spanish Young Gun’, and Carlos Angita (26), a former ‘member of the first year’, are attracting attention as young hitters who will lead the PBA in the future. 

Meanwhile, in the ongoing ‘Crown Haitai PBA-LPBA Championship’, the women’s LPBA finals will be held on the 7th and the men’s PBA finals will be held on the 8th. 


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