2011 Rookie Class: Jennifer Song
Monday, January 31, 2011, Ashley Mayo, Golf Digest Women, Read More
Every week, we're going to introduce an LPGA rookie of 2011. Enter, Jennifer Song.
Last year, the 21-year-old won the first professional event she entered (the Futures Tour's Tate & Lyle Players Championship). The win wasn't surprising, considering her stellar amateur career: in 2007, she tied for low amateur at the U.S. Women's Open; she was named Freshman of the Year in 2008 at the University of Southern California; she finished low amateur at the 2009 U.S. Women's Open; she won both the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur; and she became a two-time All-American golfer in 2009 after tying for fifth place at the NCAA Championship.
The Orlando resident will play in the first LPGA Tour event of the 2011 season (the Honda LPGA Thailand, from Feb. 17-20), and she answered our 18 questions about golf, her personal life and the things that make her happy.
Golf Digest Woman: You were born in Michigan, then moved to South Korea when you were 2 years old. You moved back to Michigan for three years, but returned to South Korea until returning to the U.S. for college. How did you become interested in golf?
Jennifer Song: I liked every sport I played, but I really followed my dad. I picked up his clubs and I really enjoyed it. I went out to play in a local tournament when I was 10, and I won. That's when I got hooked. I got serious about golf in eighth grade.
GDW: Have you adjusted your training schedule to help you play well in 2011?
JS: I've practiced a lot more. For four weeks during the off-season, I practiced with my coach, Robin Symes, every day for 10 hours. I'd get up at 6, start practicing at 8, ate lunch at 12, practiced again from 1 until about 5:45, had dinner, then went to the gym for an hour and a half. I did that for four weeks. Golf is my job now, so I'm doing the same thing that any other professional would do.
GDW: What's your fitness regime?
JS: I work out four to five times a week. If I can't go to the gym, I do crunches at home. I hate lunges, but I do them anyways. I get a lot of cramps in my lower body, and when I do lunges, I always cramp up the next night, during my sleep. The cramps are very painful--they last for 10 to 15 minutes and all I can do is lie there. I don't know, maybe I need to drink more water or something. But I do the lunges anyways, because they're so good for strengthening my lower body, which is key for the golf swing.
GDW: What is your ultimate goal for 2011?
JS: I'd like to be the Rookie of the Year on LPGA Tour, and I want to finish in the top 10 on money list. I definitely have to work hard because there are so many competitive golfers out there. If I focus on finishing in the top 5 in every tournament I play in, I'll have a chance of meeting my goals.â¿¿\