Kelly Shon was born Woo-Jung Shon in South Korea
in 1992. She took up golf when she was 12 and played on her high
school's boy's golf team, leading them to three straight conference
titles. She enrolled in Princeton in 2010 and was consitently one
of the top female golfers in the Ivy League her entire college career.
She was named the Ivy League Player of the Year in her final season,
At the end of 2014, Shon entered LPGA Q-School.
She finished tied for 9th and earned full playing privileges for
the 2015 season.
Kelly got her rookie season off to a great start
by contending in her very first tournament, the Pure Silk Bahamas
LPGA Classic. She put together three 71s in the final three rounds
and finished tied for 11th. Her next 8 finishes were mostly missed
cuts, but she put herself into the hunt again in May at the ShopRite
Classic. This time she managed a tie for 3rd, making about half
of her year's total.
Kelly wound up with $170,000 earned in 2015, 74th
on the money list. That gave her top category 1 status for 2016.
Shon had much the same kind of season in 2016. She
had a single top ten, a tie for 9th at the Marathon Classic. She
made more money, about $209,000, but finished one spot further back
on the money list, 75th. Her scoring average, 72.44, was a big improvement
over 2015. She had three 66s during the season. Her results allowed
her to maintain category 1 status for 2017.
Shon had a weaker 2017. She made a little less than
$150,000 during the year, finishing 88th on the money list and slipping
to category 11 for 2018. Her best result by far came at the year's
second Major, the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. She shot a second
round 63, her best ever score, and finished with a Sunday 67 to
claim her first career top ten at a Major, a tie for 9th. This was
also her only top ten of the year.