Updated: Jan, 2014

NA ON MIN

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Birthday: Unknown
Rookie Year on LPGA: 2007
Birthplace: South Korea
Best LPGA Finish: 3rd (2007 McDonald's LPGA Championship)
Best LPGA Major Finish:
3rd (2007 McDonald's LPGA Championship)
Best Score: 64 (2010 State Farm Classic)
Best Scoring Average for a year: 72.46 (2010)
Best Season money total:
$309,886 (2007)
Best Season Money Position:
40th (2007)
Most Top Tens/Season:
2 (2007)

Rookie of the Year finish: Third
Height: 5' 4"
2014 LPGA Status: Category 20
Nicknames: None known
Sponsors: None known
How's her English?: Unknown
Hobbies: Reading books, watching movies and water skiing
Road to the LPGA: Tied for 18th at 2006 LPGA Q-School to earn non-exempt status.

Capsule Bio

Na On Min started playing golf at age 14. She was a top amateur in Korea for several years and played on the national team. She also played in several KLPGA events as an amateur.

She gained a non-exempt card on the LPGA tour by finishing tied for 18th at the 2006 LPGA Qualifying School. She narrowly missed earning an exempt card by two strokes. She turned pro immediately thereafter.

Min got her LPGA career out to a great start. In her very first LPGA event, the Corona Morelia, she put herself into contention and wound up finishing 5th. She nearly managed a second top ten at her third event, the Sybase Classic, finishing 11th.

But the unquestioned highlight of the year for her came at the year's second Major, the LPGA Championship. After a blistering third round 65, she found herself in contention for the title. She played brilliantly on the final day, notching four straight birdies at one point, but it wasn't enough. She still finished third, though, and established herself as one of the top rookies on tour as a result. In the only other Major she played in 2007, the British Open, she finished 11th.

She would go on to finish third in the Rookie of the Year race, behind only In-Kyung Kim and the eventual winner, Angela Park. That she did this as a non-exempt rookie is further testament to her skill. She also finished in the top 40 on the money list, earning an exempt card for the next two years.

Weirdly, Na On had a much weaker year in 2008 as an exempt player than she had had in 2007 as a non-exempt player. She didn't secure even one top ten and made only half her 2008 money. Still, she made enough to maintain exempt status on tour for 2009.

In 2009, Min only played until May, then took the rest of the season off. Presumably, she was suffering from injuries. In 2010, she played all year, but had a mediocre season. She finished 55th on the money list to easily retain full status on tour, but her best result all year was a tie for 8th at the State Farm Classic. Interestingly, she did have her best yearly scoring average in 2010.

Min really struggled in 2011. She made only 5 of 13 cuts, with her best finish being a tie for 31st. She wound up 99th on the money list, which enabled her to maintain category 11 status for 2012. But it had been her weakest full season since joining the tour.

Min made only $15,000 in 2012, good for 136th on the money list. She only made two cuts, with a 26th at the RR Donnelley her best. She thus fell to category 20 status, one of the lowest you can have and still be a player on tour. She did not play at all in 2013, but still maintained category 20 status for 2014.

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