Updated: Jan, 2018

KELLY SHON

The Facts

Korean Name: Woo-Jung Shon
Birthday:
March 9, 1992
Rookie Year: 2015
Birthplace: South Korea
Best LPGA Finish: T-3rd (2015 ShopRite LPGA Classic)
Best LPGA Major Finish: T-9th (2017 KPMG Women's PGA Championship)
Best Score: 63 (2017 KPMG Women's PGA Championship)
Best Scoring Average: 72.44 (2016)
Best Season Money Total: $209,004 (2016)
Best Season Money List Position:
74th (2015)
Most Top Tens/Season: 1 (2015, 2016, 2017)

Rookie of the Year Finish: 12th
Height: 5' 5"
Family: older sister
2018 LPGA Status: Category 11
Nicknames: None Known
Sponsors: None Known
How's her English?: Fluent
Hobbies: Skiing, Sleeping
Road to the LPGA: Finished T-9th at 2014 Q-School to earn full status
Capsule Bio

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, 2013-2014.

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.

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