Jenny Chuasiriporn

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Jenny Chuasiriporn
Personal information
Full nameWanalee Chuasiriporn
Born (1977-07-09) July 9, 1977 (age 42)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Nationality United States
ResidenceRichmond, Virginia
SpouseRobert Betts
Career
CollegeDuke University
University of Maryland (nursing school)
Virginia Commonwealth University (post-graduate studies)
Turned professional1999
Retired2005
Best results in LPGA major championships
U.S. Women's Open2nd: 1998
Achievements and awards
Duke University Athletics
Hall of Fame
2011

Jenny Chuasiriporn (born Wanalee Chuasiriporn[1] on July 9, 1977)[2] is a former American professional golfer who finished second at the 1998 U.S. Women's Open. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, her parents were from Thailand..[3]

1998 U.S. Open[edit]

After four rounds of play Chuasiriporn, playing as an amateur, was tied with Se Ri Pak for first place. With her brother Joey as her caddy, she sank a 40-foot (12 m) birdie putt on the 72nd green on Sunday to gain a spot in the playoff. [3] In the playoff round on Monday, Chuasiriporn lost on the 20th hole (second sudden-death hole after 18-hole playoff).[4]

College career[edit]

After that performance, she returned to Duke University where she led the Blue Devils to the 1999 NCAA golf title.[5] Overall, she finished her college career as a four-time All-American and was entered into the Duke University Athletic Hall of Fame.[6]

Amateur career[edit]

In addition to her 1998 U.S. Open success, Chuasiriporn was runner-up at the 1998 U.S. Women's Amateur.[7] Chuasiriporn was also a member of the 1998 Curtis Cup winning team.[8]

Post-college career[edit]

Chuasiriporn played on various mini-tours after college. In 2005, she went back to college to study nursing at the University of Maryland. She received a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and became a nurse practitioner in 2010.[9] She lives in Virginia with her husband, physician Robert Betts, and practices under her legal name, Wanalee Betts.

Chuasiriporn was inducted into Duke's athletic hall of fame in 2011.

Playoff record[edit]

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1998 U.S. Women's Open South Korea Pak Se-ri Lost to birdie on second extra hole
after 18-hole playoff (Chuasiriporn:73, Pak:73)

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 1998 (winners)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.espn.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/8120004/pak-chuasiriporn-captivated-global-audience
  2. ^ Duke University profile
  3. ^ a b D'Amato, Gary (July 6, 1998). "Twosome has 20-20 vision". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. p. 1C.
  4. ^ Glenn, Rhonda (May 20, 2012). "The Summer of Magic: 1998 Women's Open playoff win by Se Ri Pak over amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn seminal moment for women's golf and Korea". USGA.
  5. ^ Mell, Randall (July 3, 2012). "Chuasiriporn moves on with life, no return to Blackwolf Run". Golf Channel.
  6. ^ "Where are they now: Jenny Chuasiriporn". Golf Digest. September 16, 2011. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013.
  7. ^ Kelley, Brent. "U.S. Women's Amateur Championship". About.com.
  8. ^ "The 32nd Curtis Cup Match". USGA. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  9. ^ Mickey, Lisa D. (July 3, 2012). "For Amateur, Open Was Highlight, and a Turning Point to a New Life". The New York Times.