Park at the 2008 LPGA Championship
December 15, 1986 |
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 2007)|
|Former tour(s)||Futures Tour (joined 2007)|
|Best results in LPGA major championships
|ANA Inspiration||T19: 2013|
|Women's PGA C'ship||T11: 2014|
|U.S. Women's Open||T5: 2015|
|Women's British Open||T17: 2009|
|Evian Championship||T12: 2016|
Jane Park (born December 15, 1986) is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. Before turning professional, Park reached the finals of the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur and 2004 U.S. Girls' Junior, and won the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur. She also tied for low amateur at the 2006 U.S. Women's Open. Since joining the LPGA in 2007, she has earned almost $2 million and recorded 10 top-10 finishes.
Early life and amateur career
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Park began to play golf when she was 11 years old. In August 2003, 16-year-old Park reached the finals of the U.S. Women's Amateur, where she lost to Virada Nirapathpongporn 2 and 1. The following year, Park made it to the finals of the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, where she faced Julieta Granada. After the 18-hole match finished all square, Granada won on the second extra hole. Three weeks later, Park won the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, defeating Amanda McCurdy 2-up in the title match.
In addition to her three appearances in USGA event finals, Park played on the U.S. Curtis Cup team in 2004 and 2006 and the UCLA Bruins college team in 2005, when she was a first-team All-American. Following a tie for 10th at the 2006 U.S. Women's Open, which was tied for the highest finish by an amateur that year, she turned professional in August 2006.
At the 2006 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in December, Park tied for 18th place, outside the top 15, which only secured her non-exempt (conditional) status on the LPGA Tour for 2007. With a partial LPGA schedule, she spent time on the Futures Tour developmental circuit in 2007. After finishing 109th on the LPGA Tour money list, Park returned to the Final Qualifying Tournament in December, where she won with a 17-under-par total and gained full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for 2008.
During her first full season on the LPGA Tour, Park won over $630,000 to finish 29th on the 2008 money list. In 26 events, she recorded four top-10 finishes, including ties for second at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay and P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship. In 2009, Park had two top-10 finishes in 19 events; a sixth-place tie at the HSBC Women's Champions was her highest finish of the season. Park did not have a top-20 finish in the 2010 season, earning $78,572 for the year. In 2011, Park's earnings fell to $42,261, and she again had no top-20 finishes during the season.
Following a 2012 in which she missed the cut in more than half of her 15 events played, Park had a pair of top-10 finishes in 2013 and over $260,000 in earnings; her ranking of 51st on the LPGA money list was her highest in five years. Her 2014 earnings were just over half of the amount she made in 2013, though she made the cut in 11 of her 16 tournaments. Park's 2015 season included two top-10 finishes, and her season earnings topped $300,000. Her highest finish was a tie for fifth at the U.S. Women's Open, a tournament in which she held a share of the lead after one round. In 2016, she earned over $165,000, finishing 84th on the money list. Park's top finish of the season was a tie for 12th at the Evian Championship.
Results in LPGA majors
Results not in chronological order before 2015.
|Women's PGA Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T74||T34||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||T64||T11||T49||WD|
|U.S. Women's Open||T30||CUT||CUT||T10 TLA||T58||T42||CUT||DNP||CUT||DNP||T42||WD||T5||CUT|
|Women's British Open||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T24||T17||CUT||CUT||T39||CUT||DNP||T31||DNP|
|The Evian Championship ^||T67||T24||CUT||T12|
^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
LA = Low amateur
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10s.
|Women's PGA Championship||0||0||0||0||0||1||10||5|
|U.S. Women's Open||0||0||0||1||2||2||12||6|
|Women's British Open||0||0||0||0||0||2||7||4|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||0||0||2||4||3|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2008 LPGA – 2009 Kraft Nabisco)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)
LPGA Tour career summary
- official through the 2016 season
- Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 2004 (winners), 2006 (winners)
- Espirito Santo Trophy (representing the United States): 2004
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- Sirak, Ron (July 27, 2004). "Just Win, Baby". ESPN. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
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- Mickey, Lisa D. "Jane Park Ready To Take Aim As A Pro". Futures Tour. LPGA. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
- Dulac, Gerry (July 26, 2006). "Gerry Dulac's Golf Notebook: Next cup of tees & ponytails". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
- "2006 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament: Final Results". LPGA. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
- "2007 Player Performance Record". LPGA. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
- "Park heads list of 17 LPGA qualifiers at Q-School.". ESPN. December 3, 2007. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
- "Final Results". LPGA. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
- "2008 Player Performance Record". LPGA. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
- "2009 Player Performance Record". LPGA. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
- "Jane Park Results: 2010". Fox Sports. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
- "Jane Park Stats". Fox Sports. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
- "2011 Player Performance Record". LPGA. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
- "Jane Park Results: 2015". Fox Sports. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
- "Jane Park moves into 3-way tie for first at U.S. Women's Open". ESPN. Associated Press. July 10, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
- "Jane Park Results: 2016". Fox Sports. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
- "Jane Park Tournament Results". LPGA. Retrieved November 23, 2016.