Danielle Kang

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Danielle Kang
— Golfer —
2013 Women's British Open – Danielle Kang (1).jpg
Kang at the 2013 Women's British Open
Personal information
Born (1992-10-20) October 20, 1992 (age 21)
San Francisco, California
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Thousand Oaks, California
Career
College Pepperdine University
(two years)
Turned professional 2011
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2012)
Futures Tour (joined 2011)
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T61: 2014
LPGA Championship T22: 2013
U.S. Women's Open T14: 2012
Women's British Open T42: 2013
The Evian Championship T31: 2013

Danielle Kang (born October 20, 1992) is an American professional golfer currently playing on the LPGA Tour. As an amateur, she won the U.S. Women's Amateur twice, in 2010 and 2011.

College and amateur career[edit]

Born in San Francisco, Kang grew up in southern California, and qualified for the U.S. Women's Open as a 14-year-old in 2007. She began high school at Oak Park High School and later transferred to Westlake High School early to begin college at Pepperdine University in Malibu in the spring of 2010.

She played on the Pepperdine golf team through the regular season in the spring of 2011. She was ruled academically ineligible to compete in the 2011 NCAA post-season and stated that she was not disappointed because "Pepperdine is in the past for me. I'm focusing on the future. Turning pro after the U.S. Women's Amateur."[1][2]

Kang won the U.S. Women's Amateur in 2010 and competed in all four majors as an amateur in 2011. She made the cut in three of the majors, including the LPGA Championship, where she was the only non-professional in the field.[3] Kang was the low amateur at the Women's British Open, finishing in a tie for 49th place. She repeated her win at the U.S. Women's Amateur in 2011 in August to become the first player in 15 years to win consecutive titles.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Kang played her first tournament as a professional at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, in September 2011. She entered on a sponsor's exemption and missed the cut.[5] Kang entered the 2011 LPGA Qualifying School. She survived Stage II, shooting +5 (73-74-71-75=293), just above the cut line to qualify for the final stage.[6] She finished the final stage, Stage III, of Q-School tied for 39th. This gave her conditional status (Priority List Category 20) on the LPGA Tour for 2012[7] She also retained membership on the Futures Tour, now known as the Symetra Tour.

She played 19 events on the LPGA Tour in 2012, making 13 cuts and finishing the season with $239,184 in earnings, putting her 52nd on the official LPGA season-ending money list. This qualified Kang for full status on the LPGA Tour in 2013.

Personal[edit]

Kang was born in San Francisco, California, to K.S. Kang and Grace Lee. Her brother Alex played golf for San Diego State.[8]

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT T61
U.S. Women's Open CUT DNP DNP 64 T68 T14 CUT T59
Women's British Open DNP DNP DNP DNP T49 CUT T42 CUT
LPGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T50 CUT T22
The Evian Championship ^ T31

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
CUT = missed the half-way cut.
DNP = did not play
T = tied

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 4
Women's British Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
LPGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 2 17 10
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2007 1 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a n/a n/a n/a
2010 1 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a n/a n/a n/a
2011 5 3 0 0 0 0 T49 0 n/a n/a n/a
2012 19 13 0 0 1 1 T3 239,184 52 72.39 50
2013 24 17 0 0 0 1 T5 221,649 57 72.18 54
  • official as of November 24, 2013[9]

* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Eli (May 2011). "Report: Kang will turn professional after 2011 U.S. Women's Amateur". Southland Golf Magazine. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ "5 things: Grades to keep Kang from postseason". Golfweek. May 4, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ "2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship". LPGA. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Danielle Kang Defends Women's Amateur Title". USGA.org. August 14, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Yani Tseng putting together a special year". espn.com. September 12, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ "LPGA Qualifying Tournament Stage II Final Round Results". LPGA. September 30, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ "LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament: Final Results". LPGA. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Golf: Alex Kang". San Diego State athletics. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Danielle Kang results". LPGA. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 

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