The LPGA doesn’t get enough respect. Sure, you’ve probably heard that conventional argument dozens, if not hundreds of times before, but there’s another angle that transcends athletic ability. There are some bona fide hotties on the LPGA tour and elsewhere. And a disproportionate amount hail from South Korea. Why is that?
I don’t know. We’re friendly with that Korea, so it’s not a political issue. Perhaps it’s simply geographic proximity. They’re far away. But in this age, no area escapes the reach of the Internet. It’s everywhere, and it’s bringing the Korean ladies of golf right to you. You’re welcome.
12. Shi Hyun Ahn
At 19 years, Ahn was the youngest non-American winner of an LPGA event in 2003. Sure, that’s nothing compared to gymnasts and Capriati, but many of that gang don’t experience the happiest of endings.
11. Na Yeon Choi
Though Choi didn’t qualify for a fully-exempt card (meaning that she could walk into any tournament on the LPGA) she performed well enough that she pretty much found her way into every tournament regardless. Boom! That’s the loophole. If “the loophole” was performing really well and working hard. The loophole is probably just “the way.”
10. Jimin Kang
Jump back! A hot female athlete from Arizona State? It’s crazy enough to be true. At 25 she knocked in a hole-in-one in tourney play. What have you ever done that’s so great?
9. In-Kyung Kim
By the time she was 22, she had four LPGA tourney victories. And she’s only 5’ 3”. Why does that matter? I don’t know, but I feel like it would be less impressive if she was tall, right?
8. Meena Lee
At fourteen, she took up golf. At nineteen, she was the amateur champion. Five years is a pretty rapid ascent from “nothing” to “the best.” Especially in golf, where age doesn’t mean much.
7. Na On Min
She won an amateur tourney at 14 and got her LPGA card. She hasn’t placed higher than third since then, but this is “hottest golfers,” not “best golfers.” You wouldn’t really want to see the “best golfers” list.
6. Seo Hee-kyung
This 24 year-old hasn’t made the full leap to the LPGA, having won only one tournament (a non-major). However, she’s still plugging along. She is not to be trifled with. At 5’7”, she is among the tallest on this list, so she could probably school most of you in more than just golf, anyway.
5. Aree Song
After developing as one of the most promising young talents on the LPGA, the stress of competition got to Song at an early age. Since joining in 2003, she has struggled to make a name for herself among the aces on the tour. That’s it. It’s kind of sad, but her recent performances suggest a renaissance is possible.
4. Jennifer Song
Having just joined the LPGA this year, it’s a little early to gauge her performance, but at 21, it’s safe to say that the future is looking bright, having bailed on USC to get after that sweet, sweet cheddar.
3. Sun Young Yoo”
She is known as the “course clown” on the LPGA by the other South Koreans. I think that means she has a squirting flower on her shirt at all times. Or she’s got a good sense of humor. Hopefully both.
1. Jin Joo Hong
Born in Seoul, she has scored only one LPGA victory, but tops out annually on the TPS board of hotness. Which has no prize money, but comes with a very nice trophy that we stole from a Little League team. Yeah, that’s right “Red Rangers!” We got your trophy! What you gonna do about it, you dumb little kids?