Jane Park is probably one of the veterans of the LPGA Tour, who is making a return to the professional scene. Her most notable accomplishment is winning the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and tying for low amateur at the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open. With regard to the LPGA Tour, Park has had 16 top-10 finishes. Park just resumed playing competitive golf after taking a two-year break to care for her daughter Grace, who sustained serious brain damage in 2021.
Jane Park was born on 15th December 1986 in Chicago, Illinois. She started playing golf when she was 11 years old and later moved to Rancho Cucamonga, California. She spent one year at UCLA and was named to the 2005 first-team all-American. In 2004 and 2006, Park also competed for the United States in the Curtis Cup.
Park had a stellar amateur career, reaching the finals of three USGA events. In the 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur championship match, she was defeated by Virada Nirapathpongporn. In the 2004 U.S. Girls’ Junior final, she was defeated by Julieta Granada.
She beat Amanda McCurdy 2-up in the finals but then recovered to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur championship that year. In 2006, Park tied for 10th at the U.S. Women’s Open, which was tied for the highest finish by an amateur that year. She turned professional in August 2006 at the age of 19.
Jane Park Career
Jane Park joined the LPGA Tour in 2007 after finishing tied for 18th at the Final Qualifying Tournament in December 2006. In 2007, she participated in a portion of the LPGA Tour’s schedule and also competed on the Futures Tour. Park returned to the Final Qualifying Tournament after placing 109th on the money list for the LPGA Tour that year.
She triumphed with a score of 17 under par and earned full LPGA Tour membership for 2008. Park had her best season on the LPGA Tour in 2008, when she earned over $630,000 and finished 29th on the money list. Park had four top-10 performances, including ties for second at the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship and SBS Open at Turtle Bay.
Rise to Fame
Additionally, Jane Park placed in the top 10 twice in 2009 and once in 2010. Park continued to play on the LPGA Tour until 2021, when she had to step away from golf to care for her daughter, Grace, who suffered a series of undiagnosed brain seizures that resulted in severe brain damage while Park was competing at the Ascendant LPGA in April 2021. Grace was diagnosed with intractable epilepsy and required constant care and therapy.
Park made her comeback to golf in July 2023, when she played at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational with Paula Creamer as her partner. It was her first event in two years and she was nervous but excited to see her LPGA family again. Her daughter Grace was present, and her husband Pete Godfrey, an LPGA caddy, was on her bag.
By selling hats and contributing earnings to the Golf4Her Foundation and the Epilepsy Foundation, the event also helped Park. Park has also appeared on various media outlets, such as Golf Channel, Golf Digest, and Golfweek, to share her story and raise awareness about epilepsy.
Jane Park Biography
|15 December 1986
|Age (as of 2023)
|Chicago, Illinois, United States
|in feet inches – 5’ 6” – in Centimeters – 168cm
|in Kilograms – 56 kg – in Pounds – 123 lbs
|Who is her husband?
Park married Pete Godfrey, an Englishman who caddies for LPGA player Hye-Jin Choi, in April 2017. On tour, they connected via common acquaintances, and in December 2016, they announced their engagement. Grace, their daughter, was born in June 2020.
Park is active on social media, especially on Instagram and Twitter, where she posts photos and videos of herself, her family, and her golfing adventures. Park also uses her platforms to spread positivity and gratitude, as well as advocate for epilepsy research and support.
Jane Park Net Worth
Park’s net worth is estimated to be around $3 million. In addition to having endorsement agreements with Titleist, FootJoy, and Maui Jim, Park has earned more than $2.8 million through her LPGA career.