Updated: Jan, 2014

JANE PARK

The Facts

Birthday: Dec. 15, 1986
Rookie Year on LPGA: 2007
Birthplace: Beaumont, CA (?)
Home City: Beaumont, CA
Best LPGA Finish: T-2nd
(2008 SBS Open, P & G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship)
Best LPGA Major Finish: T-10 (2006 US Women's Open)
Best Score: 62 (2008 P & G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship)
Best Scoring Average for a year: 71.79 (2013)
Best Season money total:
$631,357 (2008)
Best Season Money Position:
29th (2008)
Most Top Tens/Season:
4 (2008)

Rookie of the Year finish: 11th

Height: 5' 4"
2014 LPGA Status: Category 1
Nicknames: None Known
How's her English?: Fluent
Road to the LPGA: Earned conditional status for 2007 at the 2006 Q-School

Capsule Bio

Jane Park vaulted into national prominence in women's amateur golf in the mid 2000s. It started when she surprisingly made the cut at the 2003 US Women's Open, held at Pumpkin Ridge. In fact, she went on to finish in a tie for 30th, a great result. That same summer, she played in the US Women's Amateur championship. She got all the way to the finals on the strength of her brilliant putting, beating heavily touted junior player Paula Creamer in the semifinals. However, she lost a heartbreaker to Virada Nirapathpongporn in the finals 2 and 1. Afterwards, Virada told her that she would win it next year. Jane also won the prestigious AJGA McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls National Championship in 2003, in the process setting the tournament record.

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In 2004, her results have continued to be impressive. She played on the Curtis Cup team that routed Britain, alongside Creamer and Michelle Wie. She was the runner up in the 2004 US Girl's Amateur as well, the biggest tournament in girl's golf. Finally, she got her chance in the Women's Amateur, and once again, through a series of brilliant matches, she made her way to the finals, where she this time was the favorite to win, playing a virtual unknown named Amanda McCurdy. And proving Virada correct, this time Jane won it 2 up. In doing so, she became the first women to win the event after finishing second the previous year since 1978.

She entered UCLA in 2005, but did not have a particularly good year in college golf (at least by her standards; she was still considered one of the top golfers in the country). After her year was over, she played in the US Women's Open, not really expecting much, but stunned even herself by putting herself into contention. Although she eventually faded to a 10th place finish, it was still a great result from her, and rejuvenated her confidence in herself. A few weeks later, she played in the Curtis Cup, the biennial competition that pits the best US and British women amateur golfers against each other. She was instrumental in the trouncing the US gave the Brits, winning three matches and tying one, a team match where her partner made crucial mistakes that cost them the win.

She turned pro following the US Women's Amateur in August. She played a few professional events after that, getting decent but not amazing results. She then competed at the 2006 LPGA Q-School., where she finished just two shots out of earning an exempt card. She competed as a conditional player for the 2007 LPGA season.

By and large, her 2007 season was not all that great. She did have a few highlights, though. She had two top twenties, including a tie for 18th at the Kolon-Hana Bank. She easily maintained her non-exempt status, but had to return to Q-School to try to gain an exempt card. This she did with startling ease: she shot a 65 in the first round, and led the event wire to wire, capturing the medalist honors by three shots. So, she would be an exempt player on tour for the first time in 2008.

Jane wasted little time taking advantage of her newfound status. In the very first event of the year, she ended up in a pitched battle with Annika Sorenstam for the title. Sorenstam only put Park away on the last few holes on the final day. Just a few weeks later, Park finished third. She seemed on the way to a great season.

Jane slowed down a bit after that, but notched two more top tens during the year, and shot a 62 in Arkansas to capture yet another second place finish. She would earn more than $600,000 for 2008, more than 10 times her 2007 money total.

2009 was an off year for Jane, as she struggled with some nagging injuries. She only finished 60th on the money list, with just two top tens. Her best tournament was a tie for 6th at the HSBC Champions early in the year.

Jane struggled in 2010. She was not even able to achieve a top 20 all season, and finished 83rd on the money list, dropping her status for 2011 to category 11. She had more struggles in 2011, finishing 98th on the money list to maintain category 11 status for 2012. Her best finish that season was a tie for 29th at the Kia Classic.

Jane continued to play at the same level in 2012. That year she finished 94th on the money list, with her best finish a tie for 25th at the Kingsmill Championship. 2013 was a much better year for her. She had two top tens and made over a quarter of a million dollars. She wound up 51st on the money list, which returned her to top status on tour for 2014.

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