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Yealimi set for big Rookie year

Rookie Yealimi Noh is destined for big things on the LPGA Tour.

The 18-year-old will be making her first visit to Australia to play the Womens Australian Open on February 13-16.

Noh played her first LPGA Tour event as a professional in July last year at the Thornberry Creek Classic.

Fans watched in awe, after two first rounds of 63 and 65, which left her just one shot back from leader and World No. 2, Sung Hyun Park.

Noh eventually finished the event in a tie for sixth with Park, both scoring 23-under-par.

“Thornberry Creek was my first LPGA event as a pro,” Noh said.

”So it definitely boosted my confidence and gave me “assurance” of my game.

Then just eight weeks later Noh played a Monday qualifier and earned a spot in the field of the Portland Classic.

She had held the lead right up until the 70th hole, before losing by one-stroke to Australia's Hannah Green, a win at either event would have secured her an LPGA card in 2020.

Noh's next step was to go through the 2020 LPGA Qualifying process, she advanced through the Stage 2 Qualifier finishing in a tie for tenth to continue on to the LPGA Q-Series - an eight round marathon event from October 23-November 2.

Noh finished under par in all but one of the eight rounds of the Q-Series event for an overall finish of third to earn her first LPGA Tour card.

There is no doubting her ability, in 2018 over a four month period, Noh won five out of six events, including three tournaments in three consecutive weeks, the Junior PGA in Kentucky, the US Girls Junior in Pebble Beach and the Canadian Women's Amateur in Vancouver.

Noh is excited about visiting and is especially looking forward to seeing some of the local Kangaroos.

”I'm looking forward to just seeing the country and making comparisons to the USA,” she said.

”I enjoy travelling so its nice to see new things and the differences. Baby Kangaroos and Koalas are definitely a plus as well!!

Noh has her sights set on winning an event together with many top ten finishes this season but also has a goal to win the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year.

Image supplied- Yealimi Noh