Yu-Sang Hou and his younger sister, Vivian, had waited for this day all their lives.
Now they are officially members of the LPGA.
Yu-Sang, a fifth year senior in Arizona, and Vivian, a junior with the Wildcats, each finished in the top 45 and are tied in the two-week Q Series, which ended Sunday in Dothan, Alabama, to win their LPGA. membership for next season.
âIt’s really exciting,â said Yu-Sang, who shot 7 cents for the event to finish T-30, three shots behind Vivian at T-20. âWhen we were kids – we were just talking about it – we both wanted to be on the LPGA Tour. It just started with a dream and then it’s a goal, and now we’ve reached our goal. It’s incredible.
The Hous were among seven current college players to advance to the 108-hole qualifying tournament, and they were joined by Brooke Matthews (T-30) senior from Arkansas and Gina Kim (T-35) senior from Duke. to obtain LPGA status. Florida State senior Beatrice Wallin and Houston sophomore Karen Fredgaard tied for 60e and 70e, respectively, and have Symetra Tour status, as does Polly Mack of Alabama, who missed the cut by 72 holes.
All of these players now have decisions to make: go pro and forfeit the rest of their college eligibility, or postpone their status until after this spring semester.
The Hous, both among the top 30 amateurs in the world, seem to have made their choice.
âI think it’s today,â Vivian said when she turned pro. âYeah, like right now. “
Yu-Sang added, âWe are definitely looking to go pro, then it’s been five years in college. [for me], so I had a really good experience there and it’s just when I want it.
Matthews and Kim, ranked 13e and ninth in the world amateur golf rankings, respectively, each told reporters on Sunday that they would wait until they get home to make their final decisions. Matthews said “I’m in a good position anyway”, while Kim expected to make up her mind in “the very near future”.
France’s Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, who left South Carolina before the fall after two seasons to start her professional career, led almost all the way to the Q-Series, but a par 72 to close left her second. in solo at 32 cents, a shot in the back of medalist Na Rin An of South Korea. An shot a 66 on the last lap to beat Roussin-Bouchard.
âThe last two weeks have been physically trying, but I’m happy to have finished on a good note,â An said. âWhen I get home I will have to stay in quarantine for 10 days. Even though it’s not something I’m willingly prepared to do, I think I’m happy to have these 10 days off.
Other notables who have secured LPGA cards include Thailand’s Atthaya Thitkul, who won the LET silver list last season; Bianca Pagdanganan, a member of Arizona’s 2018 NCAA title team who is retaining her card after being an LPGA rookie for the past two years; Frida Kinhult, a former Florida state star who had her boyfriend, Vincent Norrman, on the bag after Norrman recently got her Korn Ferry Tour card at Q-School; recent Texas stars Agathe Laisne and Kaitlyn Papp; Stanford producer Mariah Stackhouse, who also keeps her LPGA card; and Linn Grant, another notable Swede, who turned pro at the start of Arizona State this summer.
A talented harvest with great goals if Vivian Hou’s expectations are any indication.
âI would say try to achieve the Rookie of the Year award; that’s my biggest goal, âshe said. “And then, of course, winning a tournament and just seeing me and my sister play well the first year.”