Know Your Asians: Hee Young Park
By Stephanie Wei under General

There’s an influx of Asians on the LPGA. And they’re really good. In fact, they win a lot. But many fans find it difficult to keep track of who is who because, you know, all Asians look alike and their names sound the same. So, let’s get to know them better.

Today, we have a special treat for “Know Your Asians.” Thanks to Ali Naqvi of Pure Golf Training and Bann Lynch Golf, we have a video interview with Hee Young (yes, she speaks pretty good English), where she chats about her training secrets, why Korea produces so many good golfers (spoiler: they practice a lot and they’re flexible!), the defunct “English-only” rule, and how she relaxes off the course. But first, here’s some background info on her:

  • Born in South Korea, she’s 22 years old.
  • After winning the Hite Cup on the KLPGA, she turned professional in 2004.
  • In 2005 she won three KLPGA tournaments and was named KLPGA Rookie of the Year.
  • She placed third at LPGA Q-school in 2007 to earn her 2008 tour card.
  • In 2009 she had six top-10 finishes, including runner-up twice.
  • She enjoys shopping and fishing.
  • She listens to pop music; her favorite is Korean pop.

Now watch her talk:

For more info, check out Pure Golf Training’s Korean Golf Secrets.

Asian-ness Scale (1-10, 1: Michelle Wie, totally Americanized; 5: Se Ri Pak, somewhat assimilated; 10: Eun-Hee Ji, 한국말): Hee Young = 5

[Photo by Chumsak Kanoknan/Getty Images AsiaPac]