LPGA Tour rookie Youngin Chun has arrived in Adelaide in preparation for the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open at The Grange Golf Club.
Chun, 18, from Gainesville Florida is yet to be guaranteed a place in the Australian Open starting February 14.
It's an anxious wait, and if unsuccessful Chun will have to compete in the Qualifying tournament played on The Grange East course with the top-three places gaining automatic entry into the field.
"You may not even imagine how much I hope to play in the Australian Open," Chun told Our Sporting Life SA.
"I really, really want to play, I am here so early because I really want to play."
Last season Chun was the youngest member on the Symetra Tour – the LPGA's development tour.
She was also the youngest player to pass the LPGA Qualifying series through the new Q-Series concept which rewards the best ready-made talent that is not currently in the LPGA.
The series consisted of a two-week tournament play and included eight rounds at Pinehurst Resort. Chun fired six-under over the final two rounds and finished at +1 overall and a tie-for-13th. She qualified as a Priority List Category 14 status which doesn't always guarantee a place in some LPGA tournaments.
While the majority of LPGA players will turn up a week prior to the tournament start, the commited Chun has arrived over a month early to accustom herself with the conditions, course and greens which she says is quite different to what she is used too back home in the United States.
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