Updated: Feb, 2012


The Facts

Birthday: May 27, 1988
Rookie Year on LPGA: Not on tour
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Homebase: Rydalmere, Australia
Best LPGA Finish: None known
Best LPGA Major Finish:
None known
Height: 5' 4"
2012 LPGA Status: Retired
Nicknames: None Known
How's her English?: Fluent
Road to the LPGA: Not on tour

Capsule Bio

Helen Oh is a Korean golfer who moved to Australia when she was a teenager to hone her game there. Like Amy Yang, Sarah Oh, Gloria Park and others who did the same thing, Oh became one of the top amateur golfers in the country as a result. She represented her state of New South Wales in several important events over the next few years. She also represented Australia in international events like the Commonwealth Cup in South Africa. Her biggest result, without question, was winning the 2006 Australian Women's Amateur championship, which she wrapped up on her 18th birthday.

In late 2007, Helen turned pro. She first tried to qualify for the LPGA, but was unable to get to the Q-School finals. Next, she joined the Australian Ladies Pro Golf tour, a minor league tour that competes down under in the November - January time frame. It didn't take her long to make her mark: in early December, she won her first pro title, the St. Michaels Golf Club ALPG Classic. She shot a course record 7 under par 67 in the final round, needing just 22 putts in that round to beat the rest of the field by four shots.

In March, 2008, doctors discovered a lump on her right buttock. By August, they had determined that it was a malignant form of cancer, and Oh was forced to suspend her golf career and undergo rigorous chemotherapy to battle the disease. The treatment was so severe that Oh lost 22 pounds, and she was so nauseous that she couldn't sleep. After that came radiation therapy that made her feel even worse. All her hair fell out. The doctors then removed the tumor in an operation they deemed successful.

Oh began working on her game again several months later, but she was nowhere near the player she once was. She could barely hit the ball in the air, and even walking was painful. Late in the year, however, she returned to action at the 2009 Futures Tour Q-School, but shot three rounds in the 80s and did not get a card.

She worked hard on recovering. But in two rounds of qualifying for the Futures Tour in late 2010, she was 35 over par. She realized that she would not be able to return to golf. So, she has retired, and has begun studying law instead.

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