Ha Na Jang
Born: May 2, 1992
Birthplace: South Korea
Height: 5 ft 5 in
Turned Pro: 2010
Sponsors: BC card
Ha Na Jang is another South Korean prodigy. At the age of 12, she made the cut and tied for 42nd in the Korean Women’s Open. In 2007, she captured the Callaway Junior World Championship in North Carolina by ten shots. She made her way to the U.S. Women’s Amateur semi-finals, beating future LPGA star Lexi Thompson along the way.
In 2009, and still an amateur, Jang played in two of the Korean LPGA’s Major championships. She finished 2nd and 3rd in those two outings and by then the handwriting was on the wall – Jang would turn pro in 2010 and she earned her 2011 KLPGA Tour Card at the end of 2010.
Jang’s KLPGA career started quickly. She contended in her very first start and finished with a top ten. The learning curve, however, proved steep that first season. She managed two other top tens, but never really contended for rookie of the year. She finished the season ranked 32nd on the money list.
Jang’s breakout season occurred in 2012. After a slow start, where she missed five of her first six cuts, she caught fire. She recorded a couple of top fives and then won the KLPGA’s final Major of the season, the KB Financial Championship. She ended the year as number ten on the KLPGA money list.
She built on this momentum in 2013 having a career best season on the KLPGA and establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with week to week. In 2014, Jang placed second at the LotteMart Women’s Open. She recorded two more runner-up finishes early in the season. Jang then figured out how to close out tournaments recording three wins, including another KLPGA Major, along the way to capturing Player of the Year honors.
In 2014, Jang won two more times and recorded 10 top tens. She began playing LPGA events in America which hurt her statistics on the Korean Tour. Still, she finished 6th on the year end money list and she also finished 6th at the LPGA qualifying school earning her tour card for the 2015 season.