Amy Yang, a young Korean professional tennis player based in Queensland, Australia, was born on July 28, 1989. Although she was born in South Korea she left the country along with her family to train for the game elsewhere while she was still young. Born to athlete parents (her father was once a member of the Korean canoe team and her mother was a champion javelin thrower), Amy started to play golf at age ten. She moved to Australia’s Gold Coast when she was fifteen and within a year was a runner-up at the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship. She went on to win the New Zealand Women’s Amateur Championship not long after.
2006 was the turning point for Yang. She won the ANZ Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour (LET), a major event for Australian golfers. Not only was Yang the only amateur to do so, she also became the youngest winner at 16 years old. When she turned 17 she was given a special offer to join the LET, effectively making her the youngest member. This win was immediately followed by invitations to play in the 2006 Evian Ladies Masters and the British Women’s Open.
Her first major success after turning professional in October, 2006 was at the Dubai Ladies Masters, where she finished fourth. Yang then competed and won third place in her next event at the Mauritius Open.
In 2007, she competed on the LET, taking five top 20 finishes. This included a fourth place finish at the S4/C Wales Ladies Championship. Yang’s best major finish so far is at 50th place during the 2007 US Open. An attempt at the LPGA final qualifying tournament landed Yang a non-exempt status for the 2008 LPGA season.
As of 2010, Yang has 3 professional victories, all of which were won on the Ladies European Tour. This year, she was able to play in 3 of the Major Championships, but was able to reach as high as T5 only.