LANCASTER, Pa. – Will the LPGA have an American-based chapter of the Flying Dumbos?
Sunday’s U.S. Women’s Open winner wants to join the LPGA, but In Gee Chun says she isn’t sure if she’ll take up membership immediately.
Chun, 20, whose fan club back in South Korea is named the Flying Dumbos, has won seven times as Korean LPGA winner. Her swing coach, Won Park, nicknamed her “Dumbo” because he believes she has super power hearing.
As the winner of an LPGA sanctioned event, Chun has the option of claiming LPGA membership immediately, a claim that would allow her to play as member this year and next year. She also has the option of deferring membership until next year, which would run for just that year.
Chun said after Sunday’s victory at Lancaster Country Club that she needed time to think about it.
“I still don't realize that I won the championship,” Chun said Sunday through a translator. “And absolutely LPGA is my goal, but I'm still `nuts’ [thinking about the win]. I'll think about it real seriously tonight and maybe tomorrow with my parents and my coach and I'll let you know.”
Chun was scheduled to head back to South Korea on Monday, where she plans to play an KLPGA event this week sponsored by Hite, which also sponsors her.
Hyo Joo Kim won the Evian Championship as a non-member last year and waited to claim LPGA membership for this year.