Koreans usually leave everything to be able to grab the chance to play golf in the United States. They are thus expected to win LPGA majors and not get college degrees.
This is however not the case with Glory Yang of UCLA even if she was sent to the U.S. eleven years ago by her doctor and hospital manager parents, who wanted her to pursue both gold and education. Getting both is however rare among elite athletes in Korea.
Yang thought hard about what she would do after college graduation and thought about Sydnee Michaels, Maria Jose Uribe and Tiffany Joh, all former teammates who are now professionals.
“What would they do if they were me?” Yang asked. “They’d still go out there and grind it out. I realized that’s not something that I wanted to do.”
Yang is set to graduate with a business economics degree next month but she will move back and live with her parents in Korea. This means an end to her golf carer, for now.
Yang, who helped UCLA in getting the NCAA Championship’s second-round lead last May 19, aid her decision freed her mentally.
UCLA sits three shots at the Texas A&M’s Traditions Club in front of Purdue as Sophomore Tiffany Lua lands in the second place with a pair of 71s, next only to Austin Ernst of LSU who got the championship-best 6-under 66.
“Overall, I’m really pleased with the way the girls are hitting the ball,” said UCLA coach Carrie Forsyth.
The life of Yang in America started at the International Golf Academy, with a view to turning professional after college graduation.
“Golf was always a very stressful place for her,” Forsyth said. “We spent a lot of time working on trying to calm that stress because it really inhibited her performance.”
Forsyth said Yang was able to enjoy golf more in her senior year after her decision to forego professional golf. And once she’s done, “She’ll have the opportunity to explore.”