Here at Swing Control, we have always been supportive of young women who exhibit outstanding talent in golf. Moreover, we know a remarkable story of firsts when we see one, and that’s what drew our attention to Israeli professional golfer Laetitia Beck. She has been our brand ambassador since early this year.
Ever since she won her first major victory at the Israeli Ladies Championship at the age of 12, Laetitia has played her way into becoming her country’s most notable golfing icon. She went to Duke University on a golf scholarship, playing with the Duke Blue Devils between 2010 and 2014. She was part of the team that won the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship in 2014.
In July of 2014, Laetitia had her professional debut at the Women’s British Open, where she made history by becoming the first woman from Israel to break into professional golf. In December of the same year, Laetitia broke new ground again when she became the first Israeli to qualify for the PGA/LPGA Tour. Almost two years later, in August 2016, she represented Israel at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Games were a momentous occasion for Laetitia and the other competitors, as golf was making an Olympic comeback after a 112-year absence.
Meet the 2016 Louis Suggs Rookies
Over the years, the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award has also provided us an annual glimpse into the most promising new players in women’s golf. The rookies are ranked based on a system in which points are awarded according to their place at the end of every LPGA competition. The player who finishes highest in an event gets the most points, and the one who accumulates the most point is declared Rookie of the Year.
This year, the rankings is once again graced by the names of talented young women from all over the world, all of whom are expected to shake up the world of golf in the coming years. These ladies are just getting started, so get to know them now before they become among the sport’s biggest stars!
In Gee Chun, South Korea
2015 was an extraordinarily great year for Korean professional golfer In Gee Chun. Within the same year, she won majors for the LPGA of Korea Tour, the LPGA of Japan Tour, and the LPGA Tour, making her the first player in history to ever do so.
The year 2016 proved no different for the unstoppable In Gee. She broke records again when she won the 2016 Evian Championship with a record-breaking score of 21 under par—the lowest 72-hole score ever in a major tournament for either men or women’s golf.
Already ranked 3rd in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, In Gee is expected to break more grounds in years to come. And with her total earnings reaching over $1.5 million, she now stands as the richest rookie in the Louise Suggs list.
Megan Khang, USA
At an age when most young Americans are just graduating from high school, golfer Megan Khang was already making waves in the world of golf. In the summer of 2015, she was the low amateur at the U.S Women’s Open. For the 2016 season of the LPGA, she finished T6 to earn her LPGA membership.
To date, Megan has already turned a profit of over $330,000. These career highlights are only the beginning, though, and the future’s certainly looking incredibly promising for the 18-year-old.
Gaby Lopez, Mexico
A bona fide Olympian, Gaby Lopez finished 31st at the women’s golf competition during the 2016 Summer Olympics. In the same year, she earned her LPGA membership after finishing T10 at the final stage of the qualifiers.
As an amateur, Gaby played golf at the University of Arkansas, winning 3 events in collegiate competitions. She also won the 2013 Mexican Amateur Championship.
Su-Hyun Oh, Australia
Born in Busan, South Korea, Australian golf prodigy Su-Hyun Oh was only 12 years old when she qualified to play for the World Australian Open in 2009. Four years later, in 2013, she became a runner-up at the Australian Ladies Masters, one of the most important tournaments on the ALPG Tour and the Ladies European Tour. In 2015, she won the RACV Ladies Master, also a leading tournament on the ALPG Tour and the Ladies European Tour.
In 2016, Su qualified to play for the LPGA after finishing T32 during the final stage of the qualifiers. As a member of the Australian National Team, she also competed in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Annie Park, USA
As a college golfer at the University of Southern California, Annie Park was recognized as one of the leading collegiate players in the country, receiving the WGCA Player of the Year and the Pac 12 Freshman of the Year awards, as well as the Honda Sports Award for the top woman college golfer.
After turning pro in 2015, she joined that year’s Symetra Tour, for which she finished first place at the end of the season. She earned full membership on the 2016 LPGA Tour after finishing first on the Symetra Tour’s Volvik Race for the Card.
The Louise Suggs list is brimming with promising talents who are sure to create headlines in the near future. Led by the phenomenal In Gee Chun, these remarkable women will certainly inspire more young people to get into the sport we love. Do you have any favorite players of your own that we missed? Drop by the comments section below and tell us all about them!
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