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Encyclopedia > Aree Song

Aree Song is a professional golfer who plays on the U.S. based LPGA Tour. Her father is South Korean and her mother is Thai. She was born on 1 May 1986 in Bangkok, Thailand. She is a South Korean citizen, and has represented Thailand in junior team competition, but she has spent much of her life in the United States. The LPGA is the Ladies Professional Golf Association. ... South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK; Korean: Daehan Minguk (Hangul: 대한 민국; Hanja: 大韓民國)), is a country in East Asia, covering the southern half of the Korean Peninsula. ... Bangkok from the Chao Phraya River at sunset, July 2004 Bangkok, (in Thai กรุงเทพฯ, กรุงเทพมหานคร, or Krung Thep, Krung Thep Mahanakhon), population 8,538,610 (1990), is the capital and largest city of Thailand. ...

Song was a child prodigy, setting a number of youngest age records. In 1999 she won the U.S. Girls Junior Championship at thirteen years old, becoming the youngest player to win any United States Golf Association championship. In 2000 she tied for 10th place in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, which is one of the four major championships on the LPGA Tour, while still only thirteen. The same year, but a few months after her fourteenth birthday, she became the youngest ever semi-finalist at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. In 2001 she was the recipient of the Nancy Lopez Award, which is presented to the best female amateur golfer of the year. The next year she placed first individually at the World Amateur Team Championships and helped Thailand to a second place finish. She won a number of adult amateur events in 2002 and 2003 and in the latter year she placed fifth at the U.S. Women's Open. A child prodigy, or simply prodigy, is someone who is a master of one or more skills or arts at an early age. ... The United States Golf Association (USGA) is the United States national association of golf courses, clubs and facilities and the governing body of golf for the U.S. and Mexico. ... The Kraft Nabisco Championship (originally the Dinah Shore Championship) is one of the four major golf tournaments for women on the LPGA Tour. ... Womens golf has evolved a set of major tournaments which parallels that in mens golf, but the womens system is younger and has been less stable that the mens. ... The U.S. Womens Open Golf Championship is one of the LPGAs major championships along with the LPGA Championship, the Womens British Open, and the Kraft Nabisco Championship. ...

Song turned professional in August 2003 at the age of 17 and 3 months. She was granted an exemption from the LPGA's minimum age rule to allow her to enter the 2003 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, and she came fifth in it to earn exemption for the LPGA Tour in 2004. In her rookie season she finished second at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and ended the year at twenty-eighth place on the money list. She struggled to find form in the first half of the 2005 season.

Song's twin sister Naree Song is also a member of the LPGA Tour, but has had much less success as of 2005.

External links

  • Profile on the LPGA Tour's official site
  • Aree Song's site - in English and Korean

  Results from FactBites:
NBC5.com - Golf - Kane, Song Share Lead At Chick-fil-A (582 words)
Aree Song fired a six-under 66 on Friday to grab a share of the lead after two rounds of the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.
Song pitched her third shot to 15 feet at the par-five 13th and rolled in that effort to get to minus-seven.
Song capped a bogey-free round when she drained a 15-foot birdie at the last at Eagle's Landing Country Club to grab a share of first.
The Golf Channel - Aree Song to Turn Pro at 17 - August 20, 2003 (301 words)
Aree Song has confirmed that she will be passing up the scholarship offered to her by the University of Florida and entering LPGA Sectional Qualifying School in Venice, Fla., Tuesday.
Aree was formerly known as Aree Wonglukiet, but this year took her middle name and made it her last.
Aree posted a top-5 at the U.S. Women's Open this summer and a top-10 at the 2000 Kraft Nabisco championship at the age of 13, playiing in the final group on Sunday with Karrie Webb.
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