As we spotlight a new player each week we will provide an in depth look into her life on and off the course. This week be sure to read the buzz all about So Yeon Ryu and get to know her.
Music or golf? Virtuoso Ryu hits the high notes on LPGA Tour
So Yeon Ryu was seven years old when she gave her first violin recital. She was in love with music, but at age 12 she had to make a tough decision.
"I started playing golf in elementary school. One day my golf coach took the team to a golf course and I fell in love with it. I loved walking the course and being out in nature," recalls Ryu, now 22.
She started to notice several professional golfers, like fellow South Korean Grace Park. "She was fashionable, powerful and beautiful," Ryu says. Read More>>
So Yeon Ryu ends up behind friend despite firing 65
RANCHO MIRAGE — Eight strokes back and in a three-way tie for 11th place entering Sunday’s final round, So Yeon Ryu wished her friend and tournament leader Inbee Park good luck and said she hoped to see her jump into Poppie’s Pond at the end of the day.
What Ryu didn’t know at the time was that she would be the one chasing Park the closest down the back nine of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Read More>>
So Yeon Ryu is rival -- and close friend -- of No. 1 Inbee Park
If anyone can derail the major championship express known as Inbee Park at the U.S. Women's Open this week at Sebonack Golf Club, it just might be one of her closest friends, So Yeon Ryu.
A day after Park won for the fifth time this year in a playoff against Ryu at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, the two enjoyed a practice round Monday at Sebonack with Michelle Wie and Nicole Zhang.
So no hard feelings, right? "unay felt really awkward because we are really close friends," Ryu said with an engaging smile. "It's hard to play with your best friend in the playoff. But every tournament cannot have two champions, so we have to decide one champion. Read More>>
Golf champion appreciates Ohio city
So Yeon Ryu loves L.A., but she has a special place in her heart for Toledo too.
Ryu, a native of South Korea, has made Los Angeles her home as she competes on the Ladies Professional Golfers Association tour. But after her win at last year's Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, she has come to embrace Toledo. She made a return visit Monday, including a stop at Highland Meadows Golf Club, the site of her victory last year, for media day for the tournament, which this year is called the Marathon Classic. Read More>>
Ryu clinches LPGA Rookie of the Year award
So Yeon Ryu clinched the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award with her fifth-place finish Sunday at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.
Ryu, 22, wrapped up the award with three events remaining this season.
With 1,306 points, Ryu can’t mathematically be caught. Lexi Thompson is second with 779 points, Lizette Salas third with 333 and Sydnee Michaels fourth with 297.
Ryu is the fifth Asian player in the last seven years to win the honor. She’s the eighth South Korean to win since 1998, the year Se Ri Pak won the honor and inspired that nation’s run in women’s golf. Read More>>