Shin Ae Ahn moved to New Zealand when she was nine,
and took up the game of golf shortly thereafter. While in New Zealand,
she was known as Sharon Ahn. Ahn compiled an impressive amateur
record while representing New Zealand in various competitions, including
the Queen Sirikit Cup. She also won the 2005 New Zealand Women's
Stroke Play Championship among other events.
Shin Ae joined the KLPGA tour in 2009 and had a
very solid rookie year. She made four top tens including a fifth
and finished 21st on the money list. This was good enough to earn
her the Rookie of the Year award on tour in 2009.
2010 was Shin Ae Ahn's breakout season. She won
her first event on the KLPGA in late July at the Hidden Valley Women's
Open. It looked like superstar So Yeon Ryu had the win locked up
when she suddenly made a bogey and double bogey to fall back to
Earth. Ahn, meanwhile, shot a 7 under par 65 and established a clubhouse
lead of 12 under par. This would hold up for a three shot victory.
Ahn would win again on tour just a few weeks later.
After a 4th in her next event, she played the rain shortened High
One Resort SBS Charity Women's Open. Like at her first win, she
shot a great final round score to seize the lead. This time, she
wound up in a playoff with Hyun Hee Moon, but won that on the first
In all, Shin Ae had 8 top tens in 2010 and finished
third on the KLPGA money list.
Shin Ae had a much worse season in Korea in 2011.
She had a 2nd place finish at the Nefs Masterpiece and a 3rd at
the season ending ADT-Caps; but she only had three total top tens,
and finished 22nd on the money list. Still, she was far from forgotten:
the fans voted her Most Fashionable Player at the season ending
KLPGA Awards Show.
Ahn had some good results playing overseas. By far
her best tournament outside of Korea came at the Evian Masters in
July. She put herself into contention with a first round 67, and
ended up finishing tied for 9th. That result alone earned her $67,000.
She also made her first cut at a Major when she finished 64th at
the US Women's Open.
In 2012, Shin Ae really struggled. She finished
61st on the KLPGA money list, with only one top ten at the very
start of the season. She ended the year with two mediocre results
to start the 2013 season. She also played a couple of events on
the LPGA, but her best finish was only a 59th at the Evian Masters.