2016 is shaping up to be The Year of the Young Guns on the LPGA Tour. According to LPGA.com, 11 tournaments have been played since January and golfers under the age of 25 have won them all. Let’s list the name of the aforementioned winners shall we?
Hyo Joo Kim (20) – Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic
Ha Na Jang (24) – Coates Golf Championship Presented by R+L Carriers // HSBC Women’s Champions
Haru Nomura (23) – ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open // Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic Presnted by CTBC
Lexi Thompson (21) – Honda LPGA Thailand
Sei Young Kim (23) – JTBC Founders Cup
Lydia Ko (19) – Kia Classic // ANA Inspiration
Minjee Lee (19) – LOTTE Championship Presented by Hershey
Jenny Shin (23) – Volunteers of America Texas Shootout Presented by JTBC
In my opinion, this is great news for both the LPGA and sponsors that are looking to appeal to younger audiences. These young guns are doing for the LPGA what Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, and Rickie Fowler are doing for the PGA. They’re reviving the game and using their social influence to attract followers to the sport of golf. From fashion, to being featured on social media channels, younger female golfers have awesome role models that are around their age that they can relate to. It’s only a matter of time before big sponsors come in and use these rising stars as their next big spokespeople.
The Golf Channel briefly talks about the young guns winning the most recent LPGA tournaments here.