Hae Ran Ryu Wins 2023 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award
South Korean Golfer Clinches Prestigious Honor at The Annika
Nov 13, 2023, 12:06 PM ET
In a remarkable achievement, Hae Ran Ryu has been crowned the winner of the highly coveted 2023 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award, as announced by the LPGA Tour on Monday. The talented golfer from South Korea secured this prestigious honor after an impressive performance, tying for 12th place at The Annika tournament held on Sunday.
With an outstanding total of 893 points entering the upcoming CME Group Tour Championship, Ryu has established an insurmountable 274-point lead over her closest competitor, Grace Kim from Australia. This remarkable feat solidifies Ryu’s exceptional talent and dedication to the sport.
“I am deeply honored to receive the Rookie of the Year award and etch my name onto the illustrious list of past winners. This year has been truly unforgettable, and I take immense pride in what I have accomplished on the LPGA Tour,” Ryu expressed in a news release. “I am forever grateful to my incredible team and devoted fans for their unwavering support throughout my debut season. I eagerly look forward to concluding the year with a flourish at the highly anticipated CME Group Tour Championship.”
At just 22 years old, Ryu becomes the sixth player from South Korea to earn this esteemed accolade since 2015, following in the footsteps of Jeongeun Lee who claimed the title in 2019. Her remarkable journey includes a remarkable victory at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in September, marking her first triumph on the LPGA Tour. Additionally, Ryu has achieved an impressive five other top-10 finishes, solidifying her position as one of the rising stars in women’s golf.
As the season draws to a close, Ryu enters the final week ranked second in greens in regulation with an impressive 75.7 percent success rate. Furthermore, she ranks third in birdies, having recorded an impressive 314 throughout the season. These remarkable statistics highlight Ryu’s exceptional skills and unwavering determination.
The crowning moment for Ryu will take place at the highly anticipated 2023 Rolex LPGA Awards ceremony on Thursday in Naples, Florida, where she will be presented with the well-deserved Rookie of the Year award. This prestigious event will serve as a testament to Ryu’s remarkable talent and dedication to the sport.