Updated: Jan, 2017

JENNIFER SONG

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The Facts

Birthday: December 20, 1989
Rookie Year on LPGA: 2011
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, MI
Residence: Taejeon, South Korea
Best LPGA Finish:
3rd (2016 CME Group Tour Championship)
Best LPGA Major Finish: T-13th (2009 US Women's Open)
Best Score: 66 (seven times)
Best Scoring Average for a year: 71.56 (2016)
Best Season money total: $390,501 (2016)
Best Season Money Position: 46th (2016)
Most Top Tens/Season: 1 (2012, 2016)
Rookie of the Year Finish: 9th

Height: Unknown
2017 LPGA Status: Category 1
Nicknames: None Known
How's her English?: Fluent
Road to the LPGA: Finished 2nd on the 2010 Futures Tour to earn a 2011 LPGA tour card.

Capsule Bio

Jennifer Song is a unique Korean golfer: while many Korean golfers take up the game in Korea, then come to the States to play, Jennifer did the opposite. She was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but moved to Korea to attend school. She is in fact a dual citizen of the US and Korea, making her eligible to represent either country in international golf tournaments.

Jennifer grew up in Taejeon, the same city that spawned Se Ri Pak and Jeong Jang. She has played most of her amateur golf there, but in 2006 and thereafter began to branch out to play more international events. In 2006, she won the Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship, but it was in 2007 that she really started to make her mark. That year, she became the captain of the Korean national team and finished second at the Korean Women's Amateur.

In the summer, she came over to the States and had more success. She finished tied for 39th at the US Women's Open, which tied her with Jennie Lee for low amateur. A little later she played the US Women's Amateur, and once again did great, advancing all the way to the quarterfinals before losing to her good friend Kimberly Kim in 21 holes.

In the Fall, Song was invited to play at the KLPGA's KB Star Tour #5 event, and made the most of it. She captured the first round lead, was third after two rounds, then moved up to second after three rounds, albeit six shots out of the lead held by Young Ran Jo. Unfortunately, she stumbled on the final day, shooting a 77 to fall to 11th. But it was still a great week in a pro event against a tough field.

Jennifer joined the USC golf team in the fall of 2008. 2009 proved to be an amazing and historic year for her. She just barely lost the NCAA championship, making costly mistakes on the last few holes to lose the lead. But she made up for that by winning the US Women's Amateur Pub Links a little later. Then, she finished low amateur, tied for 13th, at the US Women's Open. She followed that up by winning the US Women's Amateur, becoming only the second woman in history (after Pearl Sinn) to win both the WAPL and Amateur in the same year. Song was not even alive when Sinn did this in 1988.

Song continued her great achievements right into 2010. At that year's Kraft Nabisco Championship, she was in contention for several rounds, and was again low amateur, ending up tied for 21st. She finally turned pro in the middle of 2010, right after the Curtis Cup. She joined the Futures Tour, and in her very first professional tournament, the Tate & Lyle's Player's Championship, she cruised to a six shot victory after shooting rounds of 68-67-65 and a blistering, record tying 61. Her total score was also a four round Futures Tour record.

She continued to be brilliant the rest of the Futures Tour season. Though she started her year several months after the rest of the tour, she relentlessly worked her way up the money list. In her final four events, she finished 4th, 2nd, 1st and 2nd, losing the last event in a playoff to the top player on tour, Cindy LaCrosse. Meanwhile, Song managed to climb all the way to second on tour, which earned her full membership on the LPGA in 2011 (in her final event she moved from 4th to 2nd, showing she was improving week to week right to the end!).

Song had a surprisingly lackluster rookie season on the LPGA tour. She barely secured full status for 2012, finishing 79th on the money list. She had no top tens during the year, her best finish a tie for 16th at the Avnet Classic. She made the cut in one of the three Majors she played, and was not a factor in the Rookie of the Year race.

Song improved slightly in 2012. She scored her first top ten finish at the RR Donnelley in March, finishing tied for 6th. She also shot her career best round, a 66, at Kingsmill. She wound up making over $128,000 and finishing 71st on the money list, thus maintaining her full tour card.

2013 was a far weaker season for Jennifer. She only made about $36,000 and finished just 108th on the money list. She tried to improve her status at Q-School that Fall, but finished too far back. So her status was reduced to category 16 for 2014.

Song had a pretty good season in 2014, allowing her to climb back to full status (category 11) for 2015. She didn't have any top tens, but still made ~$124,000 during the year, which placed her 83rd on the money list. She should get into a whole lot more events in 2015!

The 2015 season was one of the best of Jennifer's career to date. She made more money, over $260,000, than any other year, and had her best money list finish, 67th. She had no top tens, but just missed one with a tie for 11th at the CME Group Tour Championship. She had five other top twenties as well.

Jennifer had an even better season in 2016. She set new marks for most money earned ($390,501), money list position (46th) and scoring average (71.56). By far her best result of the year came at the CME Tour Championship, where she shot three rounds in the 60s to finish solo third, her first career top five. She also managed ties for 17th at two of the year's Majors.

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