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Women's golf: How 13-year-old Yujeong Son became the youngest Oklahoma women's golf amateur state champion in history

Yujeong Son’s fast-paced journey to the top of the state golf scene started four years ago when she went with her father, Youngjin, to a driving range.
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer, cstavenhagen@opubco.com Published: July 19, 2014
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She’s not famous and she’s not playing in professional tournaments — at least not yet — but Oklahoma’s version of Michelle Wie keeps playing and keeps winning against older, more experienced competition.

Her name is Yujeong Son. She’s 13, lives in Norman and after beating Baylee Price 4 and 3 on Thursday at Broken Arrow’s Cedar Ridge Country Club, she is the youngest Oklahoma women’s golf amateur state champion in history.

Her fast-paced journey to the top of the state golf scene started four years ago when she went with her father, Youngjin, to a driving range.

“My dad had a friend, and he brought my dad to golf,” Son said. “He really liked it. That was mainly all he talked about. That interested me and I followed him out to the driving range. Then I figured out I actually liked it. Everything started unfolding from there.”

Soon after, she went to a golf camp in Norman. She made a quick impression on the coaches.

“They discovered her as a talent,” Son’s mother, Mija Nam said. “My husband and me were very anxious to let her golf more. They said very seriously, ‘She has natural talent.’”

In one of her first junior tournaments, Nam said her daughter shot two or three strokes under par. She was the only player in the field in the red.

She had been golfing for five months.

“That’s when me and my family knew I should take golf more seriously,” Son said.

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