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Se Ri Pak

Name: Se Ri Pak
Born: 28 September 1977 (1977-09-28) (age 33)
Daejeon, Korea
Residence: Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Height: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality: South Korea
Turned professional: 1996

History:
Pak turned professional in 1996, a year before she moved to the United States as a 20-year-old. In 1996 and 1997, she won six tournaments on the LPGA of Korea Tour. Pak joined the LPGA Tour full-time for the year 1998, crowning her rookie season with victories in two majors: the McDonald's LPGA Championship and U.S. Women's Open. At just 20 years of age, she became the youngest-ever winner of U.S. Women's Open. Pak won a 20-hole playoff for that victory, making that tournament - at 92 holes in length - the longest tournament ever in women's professional golf. Four days after the U.S. Women's Open win, Pak shot a then-LPGA record 61 during the second round of the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic. She won the Rolex Rookie of the Year award for that season.

Since then she has gone on to win 24 events on the Tour, including three more majors. In June 2007, at age 29, she qualified for the World Golf Hall of Fame, surpassing Karrie Webb as the youngest living entrant ever. (Tom Morris, Jr., who died in 1875 at the age of 24, had been elected in 1975.)

Pak has also competed in a professional men's event, at the 2003 SBS Super Tournament on the Korean Tour. The Korean Tour is a feeder tour for the Asian Tour and does not offer world ranking points. She finished 10th in the event, becoming the first woman to make the cut in a professional men's tournament since Babe Zaharias did so in 1945.

At the 2005 McDonald's LPGA Championship, she missed the cut for the first time in 29 majors. In an interview quoted on the PGA Tour's website, she commented that she was searching for a balance between her golf and her personal life: "I've been a little bit unhappy about everything, my game, big game. I'm not really enjoying it at all, and I'm not doing anything with my ability. I know what I needed, a much better balance. I'm always putting a lot of pressure on myself". Eventually, she was found to have a finger injury. In 2006, she rediscovered her best form by winning the McDonald's LPGA Championship for the third time to claim her fifth major title overall.

In 2007, she won the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic for the fifth time, making her the fourth player in LPGA history to win the same tournament five or more times (Annika Sörenstam accomplished this feat at two tournaments).

Perhaps the greatest tribute to her career to date came in a column by Golf World writer Eric Adelson in 2008, who called Pak "a pioneer... who changed the face of golf even more than Tiger Woods." When Pak came to the LPGA in 1998, she was the only Korean player. Ten years later, she was one of 45 Koreans on tour, and the single largest source of revenue for the LPGA was the sale of TV rights in South Korea.

Professional wins (31)
LPGA Tour (25)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
117 May 1998McDonald's LPGA Championship-11 (65-68-72-68=273)3 strokesDonna Andrews Lisa Hackney
25 Jul 1998U.S. Women's Open+6 (69-70-75-76=290)PlayoffJenny Chuasiriporn
312 Jul 1998Jamie Farr Kroger Classic-23 (261)9 strokesLisa Hackney
426 Jul 1998Giant Eagle LPGA Classic-15 (201)1 strokeDottie Pepper
520 Jun 1999ShopRite LPGA Classic-15 (198)2 strokesTrish Johnson
64 Jul 1999Jamie Farr Kroger Classic-8 (276)PlayoffKelli Kuehne Carin Koch Sherri Steinhauer Karrie Webb Mardi Lunn
712 Sep 1999Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf-8 (280)1 strokeKarrie Webb
814 Nov 1999PageNet Championship-12 (276)PlayoffKarrie Webb Laura Davies
916 Jan 2001YourLife Vitamins LPGA Classic-13 (203)4 strokesCarin Koch Penny Hammel
1022 Apr 2001Longs Drugs Challenge-8 (208)2 strokesLaura Diaz
118 Jul 2001Jamie Farr Kroger Classic-15 (269)2 strokesMaria Hjorth
125 Aug 2001Weetabix Women's British Open-11 (71-70-70-66=277)2 strokesMi Hyun Kim
1330 Sep 2001AFLAC Champions-16 (272)5 strokesLorie Kane
147 Apr 2002The Office Depot Championship-7 (209)1 strokeAnnika Sorenstam
159 Jun 2002McDonald's LPGA Championship-5 (71-70-68-70=279)3 strokesBeth Daniel
1625 Aug 2002First Union Betsy King Classic-21 (267)3 strokesAngela Stanford
1713 Oct 2002Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions-20 (268)4 strokesCatriona Matthew Carin Koch
1827 Oct 2002Sports Today CJ Nine Bridges Classic-3 (213)6 strokesCarin Koch
1923 Mar 2003Safeway PING-23 (65-68-68-64=265)1 strokeGrace Park
2027 Apr 2003Chick-fil-A Charity Championship-16 (71-65-64=200)PlayoffShani Waugh
2118 AugJamie Farr Kroger Classic-13 (69-67-64-71=271)2 strokesMarisa Baena Hee-Won Han
229 May 2004Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill-9 (70-71-69-65=275)2 strokesJuli Inkster Lorena Ochoa
2311 Jun 2006McDonald's LPGA Championship-8 (71-69-71-69=280)PlayoffKarrie Webb
2415 Jul 2007Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic-17 (63-68-69-67=267)3 strokesMorgan Pressel
2516 May 2010Bell Micro LPGA Classic-13 (69-66-68=203)PlayoffBrittany Lincicome Suzann Pettersen

Major championships (5)
Year Championship Winning Score Margin Runner(s)-up
1998 McDonald's LPGA Championship -11 (65-68-72-68=273) 3 strokes United States Donna Andrews, England Lisa Hackney
1998 U.S. Women's Open +6 (69-70-75-76=290) Playoff 1 United States Jenny Chuasiriporn
2001 Weetabix Women's British Open -11 (71-70-70-66=277) 2 strokes South Korea Mi Hyun Kim
2002 McDonald's LPGA Championship -5 (71-70-68-70=279) 3 strokes United States Beth Daniel
2006 McDonald's LPGA Championship -8 (71-69-71-69=280) Playoff 2 Australia Karrie Webb

LPGA Tour record
YearEvents playedCuts madeWins2nds3rdsTop tensBest finishEarnings ($)RankScoring averageScoring rank
1998272640081872,170271.41
19992724400101956,926370.77
20002322002113550,3761272.49
200121205521211,623,009269.692
200224245121711,722,281269.852
200326253602011,611,928270.031
2004191711051682,6691171.3427
20051290000T2762,62810274.21116
2006232110281884,9611371.6523
2007232010181820,1291671.7414
2008171001032366,1435272.5966
2009242001022447,6833071.9837
20109610011241,7161572.5764

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Very nice bio, Rusty. She got many of us unterested in LPGA golf, as well as setting the standard for the Korean players who followed.
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Thanks Marine, but I can't take credit for writing this or the others it comes, is copied from wiki.
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Old 06-08-2010, 08:25 AM   #4
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...who is Se Ri Pak?

Juuuuuust kidding!

For a super duper bio on Se Ri, it is a must to check out:

Se Ri Pak Main

Eric's bio on the bottom half of the page...awesome...just awesome...if you like Se Ri, I highly recommend checking out this amazing homage page to Se Ri...

...and for good measure...a couple of videos honoring Se Ri's inspiration among her countrywomen...



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