Mirim had an even better 2012 than 2011. The
highlight was when she won the Korean Women's Open in August,
outlasting both Ha Neul Kim and Hye Youn Kim in the final
round to claim her first Major trophy. She also had a runner-up
finish in May and five other top tens. She finished 7th on
the 2012 money list with nearly 287 million won earned.
She also found time to play in the Evian Masters,
where she had her best ever LPGA finish to date, a tie for
In 2013, Mi Rim (as she now called herself)
focused on earning a tour card for the LPGA, but still played
a bunch of events on the KLPGA tour. Her best week came at
the KG EDaily Ladies Open in April. She faced down two of
the tour's top players, Ha Na Jang and Hyo Joo Kim, and won
after chipping in a birdie on the 17th hole in the final round
to beat those two by a shot. Another highlight was finishing
4th in defense of her Korean Women's Open title.
In the second half of the year she mainly
focused on Q-School. It paid: in the finals, she finished
well behind runaway winner Jaye Marie Green, who shot an insane
29 under par five round total. But Lee was second at 19 under,
shooting an all time record 61 in round 3 in the process.
She earned her full status LPGA tour card for 2014 as a result!