By Julia Pine
For Jeongeun Lee6, her breakthrough victory at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina felt like ages ago. In the four months since she introduced herself to the American golf world with her first victory on the LPGA Tour, Lee6 hasn’t had much time to reflect, keeping busy with a full playing schedule and racking up five more Top 10s since her June win. So when she came home to Seoul, Korea for the first time since becoming a household name, the emotions poured out.
Along with being reunited with her family for the first time in four months, Lee6 also watched back the footage of her Charleston victory for the first time, before a room full of Korean golf media who were on hand as part of a two-day champion’s tour setup by the USGA. Lee6 choked back tears as she relived the moment that has changed her life.
“Before the U.S. Women’s Open, I had doubts about myself and wondered if I’d be good enough to win,” she said. “Winning there gave me so much confidence. People know who I am, they are coming to watch me play and calling me ‘6,’ it just makes me so happy. And now, I’m just ready to win again.”
Along with meeting with media, Lee6 also spent time with her fan club, the Lucky 6’s, which at 4,000 people large is one of the fastest growing fan clubs in Korea. The group not only greeted Lee6 at the airport when she arrived home, but also threw a surprise celebration at her golf school, Jinsan Academy. Alongside representatives from the USGA, Lee6 spent time with her fans engaging in putting contests, giving swing advice, and signing autographs. The reception over the two days blew her away.
“It has been a while since the U.S. Women’s Open; I thought the fans and reporters wouldn’t care this much,” said Lee6. “But today, I saw that so many media and fans were here to celebrate with me, and congratulate me. They put so much effort into today, I feel so happy and blessed.”
Next, Lee6 will take some much-needed time off. After a few sponsor commitments, the No. 4-ranked golfer in the world will take two weeks off before rejoining the LPGA Tour for its fall Asian Swing.