Irene Cho started playing golf at the age of eleven.
Within a few years she had become one of the top junior golfers
in the country, winning a number of AJGA events in the process.
Cho went to college at USC, where she was a three
time All American and won five tournaments. For her success she
was named the 2006 Honda college player of the year.
In late 2006, Cho turned pro and attended Q-School,
where she finished tied for 10th to earn exempt status on tour in
Irene's best LPGA finish in 2007 was a tie for 23rd
at the Safeway International. She was unable to maintain her exempt
status for 2008.
Irene had something to prove in 2008, and as a conditional
player unable to get into as many fields as the previous year, she
nonetheless had a much better season. She collected two top ten
finishes, including a tie for 6th at the year's second Major, the
LPGA Championship, and earned full playing privileges for the 2009
In 2010, Cho finished 82nd on the money list and
slipped to category 11 for 2011. She had one top ten during the
year, at the Tres Marias Championship in Mexico. She missed all
of the 2011 season due to an undisclosed medical condition.
In 2012, Irene struggled, making a little over $20,000.
She returned to Q-School, where she ended up in a seven-way playoff
for two cards. She nabbed the last one, barely earning category
12 status for 2013.
2013 was a much better year for Irene. She had two
top tens and her best scoring average ever. But what really made
her year was a great finish at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.
She went 8 under par in 12 holes in the final round to move all
the way to solo second, by far her best career result. She pocketed
over $120,000 for that week alone. A tie for fifth in Taiwan later
in the year allowed Irene to make over $250K for the year, by far
her best annual money total. She earned her way back to full status
on the LPGA for 2014.
She did not have a good season in 2014, however.
She missed 12 cuts and her best finish all year was a tie for 51st.
She finished only 145th on the money list. She did have some good
news, though. She got married to Alex Coe in February, changing
her last name from Cho to Coe.
Coe seems to have retired from golf since then,
although she still has low LPGA status.