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Who Is Jenny Shin? All You Need to Know About the South Korean LPGA Sensation

Published 06/25/2023, 11:40 AM EDT

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Jenny Shin, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, burst onto the scene at a very young age with her noteworthy wins on the amateur golfing circuit. After going pro, Shin steadily became a force to be reckoned with in the golf world, thanks to her impressive outings.

Over the years, Shin has often posed a huge threat to many big-name players on the LPGA Tour. Let’s dive in to learn more about the golfer’s thrilling career so far!

Jenny Shin moved to the US at a very young age

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Jenny Shin was born on October 7, 1992, in Seoul, South Korea. However, she later ended up moving to the United States at the mere age of 9! The golfer resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, as of now. In the past, the LPGA pro has admitted that one of the reasons she started pursuing the game was because her parents wished the same for her. “I didn’t roll into this game wanting to be No. 1 in the world,” Shin once admitted. “I was just happy being out here.” Other than golfing, Shin greatly enjoys reading and shopping.

As an amateur golfer, Jenny Shin became a recognizable face. In 2006, she won the US Girls’ Junior tournament, which is organized by the USGA. She had beaten America’s Vicky Hurst at the Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, to win the title. Shin also went on to participate in the 2008 US Women’s Open as an amateur. Later, in 2009, she also won the AJGA Heather Farr Classic.

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Shin went pro in 2010

After earning quite a reputation for her outings as an amateur player, Jenny Shin finally turned pro in 2010. She played on the Futures Tour (now known as Epson Tour) and emerged victorious in the 2010 International at Concord. After finishing fourth on the money list, she then went on to earn her LPGA Tour card for the following year.

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In 2011, she managed to achieve two top-10 finishes. Shin tied for 6th position at the CN Canadian’s Open and tied for 10th place at the Navistar LPGA Classic. The following year was a significantly successful one as Shin made 21 cuts in 25 starts, pocketing $447,731 in earnings. 2012 also saw the golfer script five top-10 finishes, including a T2 finish at the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament.

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The following few years saw the golfer let slip a couple of titles by mere inches. These include a 4th place finish at the 2013 ShopRite LPGA Classic and a 3rd place finish at the 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, among others. In 2016, however, the LPGA star was eventually able to convert those near misses into a win.

Shin won on the LPGA Tour for the first time ever in 2016

Jenny Shin was able to record a win on the LPGA Tour in 2016 finally. In doing so, she bested Amy Yang and Mi Jung Hur of South Korea as well as America’s Gerina Piller. The event was held at the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas, and Shin walked away with the biggest share of the $1,300,000 purse at the end of the tournament.

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2016 was also her biggest year yet in terms of earnings, as she made a total of $630,649. That year, she even achieved her career-best Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking of 37th. Besides her win, Shin also made 23 cuts in 26 other starts.

Other crucial details about the LPGA star

As a regular star on the LPGA Tour, Jenny Shin boasts well over 25k followers on Instagram. She maintains a presence on the social media platform under @jennyshin_jtibs. “I golf. I travel. LPGA Player,” reads her unique bio. On her Instagram, she regularly shares her experiences from golfing tournaments.

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She also takes to social media to offer insight into her travels and various other fun escapades with friends and family. When she is not golfing, Shin loves to go on hikes, as evidenced by pictures of her visit to the Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas from early 2023. An outspoken golfer, the South Korean has also opened up about the mental health struggles associated with golf in the past.

The golfer also boasts a bunch of sponsors, including Titleist, Footjoy, Kasper & Esh, and Chervo USA. In 2019, after her appearance at the LOTTE Championship, Shin passed the $4,000,000 mark in career earnings!

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Abantika Ghosh

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Abantika is a fresh writer at EssentiallySports who was chosen in the recent round of ‘ES Draft’ for her strong passion for golf writing. Even in her early days, Abantika has displayed an impressive ability to cover golf with gripping and insightful stories backed by thorough research. Her inspiration comes from the words of the legendary golfer and flag-bearer of the PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy: "As long as I keep enjoying my golf, then hopefully I'll be able to play well," which motivates her to continue writing engaging pieces.
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