Na Yeon Choi - November 20, 2012


Choi has played in 27 events worldwide this year and will play in two more before the end of the year. But this has been a year when she won the U.S. Women’s Open and the CME Group Titleholders so it has been a wonderful year. Last week was an incredibly special week not only because she played very well but also because she had her family with her.

A couple of years ago, she asked her family to return to South Korea to allow her to focus on her game on her own. A few months later, she won the Samsung World Championship and after that win, her family trusted that she could make her own decisions and she has continued to grow ever since.

When she was 10 years old, Se Ri Pak won the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run and at that time she told her family that she wanted to play golf and win the U.S. Women’s Open. Winning the U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run was a dream come true for her and something that she had hoped to do for 14 years. Many Korean players were inspired to play golf because of Se Ri Pak.

She is recognized very often when she is back home in South Korea and there are even times when she wears a hat out in public so that she would not be recognized as easily. But she also understands the responsibilities that come with being successful so when she is recognized, she is very appreciative.

It is a step by step process, but she does have a goal of being World #1. She is still very young and she is still growing as a golfer so she understands that it will take a lot of time to reach that goal. Becoming World #1 is just one of a number of goals that she has for herself as she continues in her career as a professional golfer.

She is donating $30,000 to the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program following her win in the CME Group Titleholders. When she was growing up and learning the game of golf, she was encouraged in her pursuit by a lot of people and she wants to be able to do what she can to give back and allow other young people to pursue their dreams.

Looking ahead to 2013, she wants to win Player of the Year. Ever since she began playing and winning on the LPGA Tour, people have placed expectations on her to succeed and now that she has already won the Vare Trophy and a Major Championship, a new goal for her would be to earn the Player of the Year honor although she is sure that she will have several other goals by the time the 2013 season begins.