Jennifer Song plans to turn professional before this summer’s U.S. Women’s Open, she told Golfweek. The USC sophomore informed her teammates at the Trojans’ Christmas party.
“Sometime after I visited Seoul for the Hana-Kolon LPGA tournament (last October), my family and I made a decision that I would turn professional after the Curtis Cup this year,” Song wrote in an e-mail.
Song, 20, of Daejeon, South Korea (she also is a U.S. citizen), played in two tournaments last fall for USC and won both. That followed an incredible summer run which included victories at the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. She also took low-amateur honors at the Women’s Open, tying for 13th.
“I can’t blame her,” USC coach Andrea Gaston said. “Look at the season she’s had.”
Gaston praised Song’s “unparalleled intensity” and called her one of the best college players she has seen. Song’s series of top finishes came on the heels of an emotional loss at the NCAA Championship last May. Song needed par on the 72nd hole to win the individual title. Instead, she three-putted for double bogey to hand the title to Purdue’s Maria Hernandez. The untimely misstep set an already focused Song on an intense mission to rebound.
She recently helped the U.S. team to victory at the Copa de las Americas and enters the spring season ranked No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. The 2010 Curtis Cup team, for which Song is a lock, will play Great Britain & Ireland on June 11-13 at Essex County Club in Manchester, Mass.