Jeong Jang and Hee-Won Han weren’t as celebrated as Se Ri Pak, but they were among Korean pioneers who followed Pak in opening the door to the LPGA for their fellow countrywomen.
Notably, both Jang and Han have decided to make this week’s Portland Classic their last LPGA starts. They’re retiring.
Jang, 34, won a pair of LPGA titles, including a major, the 2005 Women’s British Open. She won the Korean Women’s Open in ’97 and the Korean Women’s Amateur in ’98 before helping lead the wave of Korean pros following Pak in successful transitions to the United States. Jang made her LPGA rookie debut in 2000 and quickly made her mark with American charities, including Operation Smile.
“After 15 years on tour, I feel that it is the right time for me to step away from the game that I love and spend more time with my family,” Jang said in a statement.
Jang and her husband, Jun Lee, have a daughter, Sam. They have a home in Orlando, Fla.
Han, 36, joined the American-based LPGA tour a year after Jang, winning LPGA Rookie of the Year in 2001. She won six LPGA titles. Like Jang, she started a family after joining the tour. She married Son Hyuk, a professional Korean baseball player. They have a son, Dale. With Grace Park and Mi-Hyun Kim also retired, Pak remains the most prominent Korean LPGA pioneer still competing.