Lee still making the most of the professional golf journey

Erynne Lee is amongst prime feminine golfers in the state. She also is a former

Erynne Lee is amongst prime feminine golfers in the state. She also is a former superior college point out golfing champion from Central Kitsap and now is again home in Silverdale from Los Angeles checking out her father and grandmother. She’s catching her breath and recharging her golfing batteries as she eyes a return up coming time to the Symetra Tour, acknowledged as “The Road to the LPGA.”

A 2011 graduate of CK the place she gained the 4A point out golfing particular person championship her senior calendar year and led the Cougars to second area, Lee graduated in 2015 from UCLA exactly where the two her parents – the late Debbie Lee and Brian Lee – also graduated.  

Erynne grew to become an frequently-decorated golfer for UCLA and won 3 periods on the 2017 Symetra Tour, earning $80,780 to location sixth on the cash listing and experienced for the 2018 LPGA Tour. She struggled with her swing and slipped back to the 2019 Symetra Tour. The COVID-19 stopped her from competing this year on Symetra Tour. 

Longtime Bruin mentor Carrie Forsyth named Lee just one of her all-time favorite gamers at UCLA.

“Erynne was an excellent Bruin golfer and I imagine the most incredible accomplishment she experienced was earning the WGCA (Women’s Golfing Coaches Association) Freshman of the Yr Award just after the sudden and unforeseen loss of life of her mom in the drop quarter of her to start with year at UCLA (Debbie Lee died of a brain aneurysm whilst checking out her homeland, South Korea, in November, 2011). She was resilient and established, in spite of the particular agony that she was experiencing.”  

Al Patterson is in his 16th calendar year as the PGA professional at Kitsap Golf & Nation Club and was a factor in the early enhancement of Lee’s golf match. 

“I tried using to instill some tactics and ideas into her match,” claims Patterson, who was fraught with anxiousness when Debbie Lee died. “I have not had the guts to converse to either lady (Katie is the young Lee and also is a fantastic golfer) about the tragedy of their mother passing away so abruptly.  

“Their mom was the parent who brought them to the program each day and walked around with them just about every spherical. I know that after that, golf for Katie was not as significant and even though Erynne kept heading extremely properly at UCLA I just can’t support but believe that if her mom was nevertheless alive she may perhaps be even more ahead than she is proper now. I know her dreams are nevertheless alive and I am nonetheless hopeful matters work out for her.” 

The golfing achievements for Lee, now 27, are too lots of to checklist right here. She was just 15 when she highly developed to the semifinals of the 2008 U.S Women’s Am wherever she dropped to eventual champion Amanda Blumenherst at the Eugene Country Club in Oregon.  

Lee also performed in the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open held at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota, lacking the minimize (she also capable for the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open up). 

“I caddied for her in Minnesota,” states Ted Naff, who gave golf classes at Gold Mountain to Erynne for 5 many years, from the age of 11 to 16. “It was enjoyable. She missed the lower by a single or two strokes. She did great, in fact.” 

Among several other honors, Lee was named a to start with group All-The usa and first group All-Pac-12 at UCLA and was a member of the victorious crew United states in the 2014 Curtis Cup (she went 2-2) and the United states in Women’s Globe Newbie Championship in 2012. 

The golfing journey for Lee — born in Los Angeles and arriving in Kitsap County at the age of 4 — commenced at age 9 mainly because her father adored Se Ri Pak, a South Korean golfer who became a legend on the LPGA Tour, participating in from 1988 to 2016 on it and remaining inducted into the World Golfing Hall of Fame in 2007. Quite a few South Korean girls turned to golfing for the reason that of Pak and Brian Lee, who owns a gasoline station-retail store around Poulsbo, wished the exact for his women. So he and Debbie began taking their daughters to the Northwest Golf Assortment on Waaga Way.  

“It was his desire to have his daughters observe in her footsteps and it finished up as a significant family sport, and the rest is record,” says Erynne. 

Erynne started taking classes from Naff, who regarded correct away the skill she had. 

“She had a whole lot of talent, “Naff explained from his retirement dwelling in Peoria, Arizona. “She continue to has a lot of expertise. I observed her down right here very last calendar year and we performed golfing collectively. She’s a tall, rangy kid and is a excellent player. She just obtained associated with the basis of her swing. I have an feeling. I just believe she’s a very little little bit off. I’m hoping she finds what she is wanting for. She’s still obtained a entire world of expertise.”  

Lee did not enjoy golfing at CK right until her senior year mainly because her mother imagined it most effective to participate in in huge tournaments outdoors of school. When she was 15 it all came collectively. 

“It was my breakout 12 months,” she states. “A great deal of credit history goes to my mother and father. My mom was a ‘Tiger Mom.’ We had a seriously superior regimen following college. Both equally of us (Katie and her) would go to the golfing training course or the golfing assortment for a couple hours. It was a daily regime, and then we experienced to go residence and do our homework. 

“My mom experienced her way of acquiring me to perform with more competitiveness and even had me compete with the boys in the junior tour in the PNW just to engage in from a extended length and master unique items from them as effectively. 

“I think my parents owning that generate and getting profitable formed both my sister and I and who we are these days,” Erynne states. “At situations it’s a burden, but other occasions it motivates me. It is a personalized journey that accomplishes matters and gives you that excess push to continue and see it through.

“Yeah, there are large points and low points, and there are situations it becomes irritating. There were times it was not pleasant. Bottom line it is been miserable. I have been very shut to quitting. It built me concern what I desired to do. I was looking at a single level of asking yourself what I can do up coming with my vocation, with my future career.  I had come to be nervous on the golfing study course, not realizing how I would complete, not figuring out how numerous golfing balls I would eliminate that day. It happens to all of us. It’s not entertaining.” 

But Erynne understood golfing is largely mental and stayed the system, working on her swing, and then operating on it some more. She is aware it will all appear with each other and she will be again on the upswing mentally and items will seem appropriate when again. 

A main dilemma was COVID-19. It not only shut down the Symetra Tour for a time, but choose non-public clubs in Los Angeles accessible to her simply because of her standing as an UCLA Bruin have been out of the blue shut off and she located it hard to locate moments on general public hyperlink programs when they at some point opened up to perform since of the virus. 

She will go back again to LA right after the holiday seasons and ideally by then the non-public clubs will be again open to her. She’s acquired a new swing coach, the Symetra Tour’s new time starts in late February and a prime 10 in money earnings will once more qualify her for the LPGA Tour. 

It’s a difficult battle. It is not as straightforward as just one would assume. She figures you have to make $70,000 on the tour to break even and that is getting motor vehicle rides from other folks, sharing rooming charges and foods. But what else would she do if she couldn’t swing a golf club for fork out? This is what she understands and when she is on she is quite, extremely excellent. 

Terry Mosher is a longtime Sunshine sports author and writes a standard column about personalities in Kitsap sporting activities. Speak to him at [email protected] 

This report initially appeared on Kitsap Solar: Lee however experiencing the experienced golfing journey

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