With dreams of playing on the LPGA, Hyo-Joon committed to golf at age 10, playing with her father. In 2019, when she was 16 years old, she left her home in South Korea for the International Junior Golf Academy, where she spent three years.
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By age 19, through hard work and discipline, Joon achieved her LPGA card after a successful 2022 year on the Epson Tour. Here, she had 5 top 10 finishes and nine times inside the top 20. She now recalls having a few sleepless nights from the excitement of quickly achieving her dreams of joining the LPGA.
Overcoming Challenges – On and Off the Course
In her first year on the LPGA, Joon experienced several challenges, as basic as being unable to rent a car due to her age and difficulties with accommodation. Her mother helped her to overcome these challenges by coming to the rescue, joining her in the US, and traveling with her.
Despite some back issues, Joon quickly showed that she belongs on the LPGA. She had a historic 11-birdie round in the Portland Classic in mid-September. This vaulted her into the final Sunday group with a 62. Most recently, she has had other top twenty successes in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
Joon expresses gratitude for the opportunities she has been given and the support from her family and coaches. She aims to be an example for all girls, showing what can be achieved with hard work and commitment.
As Joon continues her journey on the LPGA, she remains a source of inspiration for aspiring golfers, proving that dreams can come true.
Train With IJGA
Like Hyo-Joon Jang, many golfers aspire to play golf at the professional level. The coaches at IJGA are dedicated to helping student-athletes achieve their goals, giving them the tools and resources to play at the collegiate and professional levels.