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Players tee off with red balls for golf on the world's deepest lake

By The Siberian Times reporter
14 March 2017

South Korean diplomat wins two day tournament in sunshine on frozen Lable Baikal.

All golf rules were adhered to except the colour of the ball, which was red to enable it to be seen on Baikal's ice. Picture: Pavel Muftakhin

The cool golf match saw 45 contestants from Russia, China and South Korea take part in the annual event. 

Winner was the Consul General of South Korea in Irkutsk, Om Ki-Yon with 45 strokes. 

Organiser Jury Milvit said: 'The participants are lucky because weather was fine. It was very sunny, all are tanned a bit.' 

Om Ki-Yon

Winner was the Consul General of South Korea in Irkutsk, Om Ki-Yon with 45 strokes. Picture: Pavel Muftakhin

All golf rules were adhered to except the colour of the ball, which was red to enable it to be seen on Baikal's ice. 

Golfers from Novosibirsk won the team competition on the ice, some 60 cm thick. 

Businessman Vladimir Shilin, the Novosibirsk captain, said: 'It is important to understand that compared to golf on grass, ice golf has its own characteristics'

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The cool golf match saw 45 contestants from Russia, China and South Korea take part in the annual event. Pictures: Pavel Muftakhin, Beeline press-service

He said: 'The flight path of the ball should be lower than usual, so that the ball does not drown in deep snow.'

The winner of this year's tournament got an automatic berth to the 2020 World Eco Ice Golf Cup at Lake Baikal.

Organiser Jury Milvit said: 'The participants are lucky because weather was fine. It was very sunny, all are tanned a bit.' Picture: Jury Milvit

Jury Milvit

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