Grace Park (golfer)
|Full name||Grace Park|
|Born||6 March 1979|
Seoul, South Korea
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Residence||Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.|
|College||Arizona State University|
Ewha Womans University
|Former tour(s)||Futures Tour (joined 1999)|
LPGA Tour (joined 2000)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|ANA Inspiration||Won: 2004|
|Women's PGA C'ship||2nd: 2003|
|U.S. Women's Open||T6: 2000|
|du Maurier Classic||DNP|
|Women's British Open||T3: 2003|
|Achievements and awards|
|Revised Romanization||Bak Ji-eun|
Grace Park (born 6 March 1979) is a retired South Korean professional golfer on the LPGA Tour. She was a member of the LPGA Tour from 2000 until her retirement in 2012 and won six LPGA Tour events, including one major championship, during her career.
Park was born Park Ji-eun (Korean: 박지은) in Seoul, South Korea. She moved to Hawaii at the age of 12, and then to Arizona. She received the 1996 Dial Award as top female high-school scholar-athlete in the United States. She attended Arizona State University and graduated from Ewha Womans University in 2003. In 2002, she won the Honda Award (now the Honda Sports Award) as the best female collegiate golfer in the nation.
Park had an outstanding amateur career in the United States being Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 1994 and 1996, winning several amateur championships in 1998 including the U.S. Women's Amateur and the Women's Western Amateur. She tied for eighth as an amateur in the 1999 U.S. Women's Open.
Park turned professional in 1999 and decided to play on the Futures Tour instead of taking exemptions to LPGA Tour tournaments. She won five of the ten tournaments she entered and became one of the first three golfers to gain automatic LPGA Tour exempt status by finishing top of the money list. She was named Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year.
She won at least one LPGA tournament in each season from 2000 to 2004, including her only major, the 2004 Kraft Nabisco Championship. The years 2005 and 2006 were difficult for Park as she suffered from back and neck injuries, and success continued to elude her the following two seasons as well. In April 2009 it was reported that Park had undergone a successful hip surgery, and that she would be off the LPGA tour for several months.
In June 2012, Park announced her retirement from golf.
Professional wins (12)
LPGA Tour (6)
|LPGA Tour major championships (1)|
|Other LPGA Tour (5)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||4 Jun 2000||Kathy Ireland Greens.com LPGA Classic||66-68-70-70=274||−14||1 stoke|| Pat Hurst|
|2||28 Jan 2001||The Office Depot||70-69-70-71=280||−6||1 stroke||Karrie Webb|
|3||3 Nov 2002||Cisco World Ladies Match Play Championship||22 holes||Midori Yoneyama|
|4||4 May 2003||Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill||67-68-69-71=275||−9||1 stroke|| Cristie Kerr|
|5||28 Mar 2004||Kraft Nabisco Championship||72-69-67-69=277||−11||1 stroke||Aree Song|
|6||31 Oct 2004||CJ Nine Bridges Classic||66-69-65=200||−16||5 strokes|| Carin Koch|
LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||2003||McDonald's LPGA Championship||Annika Sörenstam||Lost to par on first extra hole|
Futures Tour (5)
- 1999 (5) Betty Puskar FUTURES Golf Classic, YWCA Briarwood FUTURES Open, SmartSpikes FUTURES Classic, Carolina National FUTURES Classic, Greater Lima FUTURES Open
|2004||Kraft Nabisco Championship||−11 (72-69-67-69=277)||1 stroke||Aree Song|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||CUT||CUT||23||T39|
|U.S. Women's Open||T63||CUT||T8||T6|
|du Maurier Classic|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T28||T9||CUT||1||5||T35||T69||CUT||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open||T39||T18||T10||T64||T52||CUT||CUT|
|Women's British Open ^||T32||T53||T3||T13||T8||T50||CUT|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T10||CUT||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open|
|Women's British Open ^||CUT|
^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
- Starts – 46
- Wins – 1
- 2nd-place finishes – 1
- 3rd-place finishes – 2
- Top 3 finishes – 4
- Top 5 finishes – 5
- Top 10 finishes – 11
- Top 25 finishes – 15
- Missed cuts – 15
- Most consecutive cuts made – 11
- Longest streak of top-10s – 5
- Espirito Santo Trophy (representing South Korea): 1998
- "Park has dazzled as an amateur, pro golfer". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
- "Golf". CWSA. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
- "All-Time Rolex Junior Players of the Year". American Junior Golf Association. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
- Mickey, Lisa D. "Silver Anniversary Salute: FUTURES Tour Prepares For Next 25 Years". Duramed Futures Tour. Archived from the original on 9 April 2007. Retrieved 27 April 2007.
- "Duramed FUTURES Tour Awards". Futures Tour. Archived from the original on 18 February 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2007.
- "Grace Park to miss four months". Retrieved 5 April 2010.[dead link]
- "Grace Park announces retirement". ESPN. Associated Press. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
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