November 08, 2016 11:04
Up-and-coming golfer Park Sung-hyun on Monday announced that she will join the LPGA Tour next year. She has already organized a team to help her play in the U.S. and aims to win the Rookie of the Year award.
Park competed in seven competitions on the LPGA Tour this season as a non-member. She earned US$682,000 in prize money, which put her in 21st place on the money list. The LPGA Tour grants a full seed to those in the top 40 on the money list.
Park said she made up her mind to further her career in the U.S. thanks to encouragement from Pak Se-ri. Park won seven titles in the KLPGA Tour this season but was unsure whether to take on the new challenge or continue her success on home turf.
"You are already a good golfer. There are not many things you need to learn more," Pak told her. "What you need to do once you decide to go to the LPGA is to secure an environment that will allow you to focus on your game from the very beginning."
Park seems to decide to follow in Pak's footstep. She got a house next to where Pak used to live in Orlando, Florida, and hired a famous coach, caddy, and English teacher. She also signed with SEMA Sports Marketing last month, the same agency that manages fellow golfers such as Pak, Choi Na-yeon, Shin Ji-yai and Amy Yang.
Park will have her LPGA debut at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic on Jan. 28 next year.
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