Song will wear the BEAN POLE logo on her headwear, shirt and pants beginning this week in her debut as an LPGA professional at the Welchs/ Frys Championship. BEAN POLE, launched in 1989, operates approximately 190 retail stores and numerous outlet stores in Korea. Song has also signed with Titleist for balls and gloves.
After receiving permission from LPGA Commissioner Ty M. Votaw to compete in the LPGA Qualifying Tournaments at the age of 17, Song earned exempt status for the 2004 LPGA season by finishing fifth at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
She made 11 out of 14 cuts in LPGA tournaments as an amateur and made six out of six cuts in LPGA major championships, finishing in the top-10 twice. Her most recent top-10 finish was fifth at the 2003 U.S. Womens Open, where she was paired in the second-to-last group with Annika Sorenstam.
Pettersen Delays LPGA Start
Due to some minor surgery on her elbow in January, Suzann Pettersen will delay the start to her 2004 LPGA Tour season. Doctors successfully removed two loose bodies within Pettersens elbow following an arthroscopy, but recent overuse of the joint has led to a slight inflammation which will require 10 days of complete rest before she can continue with her training.
Pettersen expects to return to the Tour in May. With four top-10 finishes in her rookie season, the 22-year-old Norwegian finished 31st on the 2003 ADT Official Money List and was a member of the victorious European Solheim Cup Team, posting an impressive 4-1-0 record.
Whaley Signs with ESPN
LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) member Suzy Whaley, who competed in the PGA Tours Greater Hartford Open in 2003, has signed on with ESPN as a commentator for four LPGA telecasts, beginning with the Franklin American Mortgage Championship benefiting Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital, May 13-16.
Whaley, who played on the LPGA Tour in 1990 and 1993, joined the LPGA T&CP membership in 1996 and is the head golf professional at Blue Fox Run in Avon, Conn.