06 February 2019
Another Korean Raising Star
The LPGA Q-Series has graduated 48 players who earn a tour card for the 2019 season. Another Korean star is en route to winning the rookie of the year award.
Twenty-two of the 48 Q-Series grads will be rookies on tour in 2019, including eight amateurs. Seven of the eight are college golfers. Of 22 rookies, South Korea’s Lee Jeong-eun6 seems to be in the top position for the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year.
The 2018 LPGA Q-Series winner is one of the best players on the South Korean women's golf tour over the past two years. She’s already a standout at home with seven KLPGA titles and holding down 19th places on the Rolex Women’s World Ranking.
The 22-year-old has committed to playing on the US tour full-time starting in 2019, not wanting to throw away her opportunity simply because she is comfortable at home.
"My primary goal is to make a soft landing," Lee said in the statement, as quoted by the LPGA. "Rather than going hard after titles, I'll just try to do the best I can every week."
On the LPGA Tour, Lee Jeong-eun6 uses a six at the end of her last name because she is the sixth player named Jeongeun Lee in KLPGA history. She will try to become the fifth-consecutive South Korean to win the LPGA Rookie of the Year award in 2019.
In 2018, Ko Jin-young, another former KLPGA star, won the top rookie honors after winning her first start in February and notching up 13 top-10 finishes.
Before coming to the United States, Lee already held the KLPGA Rookie of the Year award in 2016 and then reached even greater heights in 2017, capturing four titles en route to earning the Player of the Year honors and finishing first in money and scoring average.