As the off season keeps players from competing on the Road to the LPGA, SymetraTour.com is running a new feature to keep fans in touch with the future stars of women’s golf. This edition of Time to Meet… features Illinois native and three-year member Seul-Ki Park. The University of Illinois alum was a 2008 All-Big Ten Conference Second Team selection and recorded two victories for the Fighting Illini. She earned medalist honors at the 2007 Illinois State Amateur and also won the 2004 Illinois Junior Girls Championship.
Park made her Symetra Tour debut in 2010 and made 13 starts. In her sophomore season in 2011, she made 15 starts, making 10 cut and recorded a season-best tie for eighth at the International at Concord. Last season, Park recorded a career-best tie for fourth at the season-opening Florida’s Natural Charity Classic and finished ninth on Tour in putting average (29.64). See what she claims to be hardest thing she’s ever done, what other professional sport she would like to compete in and what she says is her biggest sports accomplishment to date.
Name: Seul-Ki Park
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If you could be on a show based only on your personality or interests, which one would it be and why?
Unsolved Mysteries – the title speaks for itself.
What was your favorite board game growing up?
I enjoyed lots of board games growing up but because I’m really competitive the game I really enjoyed was “Sorry.” I know it’s a game of random chance but I transcended luck and was a dominant player.
If you could witness any event past present, or future, what would it be?
I’d go back in time and laugh at the person who was excited about a wooden head driver.
What was the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Learning how to do the “Dougie.” I have video of this. It…WAS…RIDICULOUS.
What’s your biggest fear?
Bugs – I hate anything that crawls…ewwww.
What’s the most pressure you’ve ever felt in tournament golf?
My first tournament ever because I had no idea what I was doing.
Describe the best meal you’ve had while on the road and where you had it…
My next one because I love to eat.
What story does your family always tell about you?
The many examples of why I’m their favorite daughter…wait I’m the only daughter.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“The key to happiness is not accomplishing a lot but being happy accomplishing a little.”
If you had one last round of golf to play, who would make up your foursome?
Three non-golfing infants so that my last round of golf will last forever.
Who do you admire and why?
Gordon Ramsey because he can stare at someone and tell them they’re awful and have the knowledge to fix them.
Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter and why?
I’m still in the process of getting myself to use Facebook and Twitter more but I’d prefer Facebook, because you can still connect/network with others without having to tweet about every single moment of your day. Plus I rarely have my phone on me so it’s tough to tweet.
What is the most rewarding charitable thing you’ve done?
I let my boyfriend beat me at golf.
What is your favorite sports team?
Describe your biggest sports accomplishment to date…
Making contact with two backhands in a row for tennis.
Name what you like most and least about being a professional golfer
Birdies and bogeys.
What is the top played song on your Ipod? Most frequently listened to artist?
Favorite station on Pandora is Boston, Journey and Madonna. Top played song “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.
What is your favorite country to travel to?
I’ve only traveled to South Korea but I’ d like to go to Australia. I’ve heard it has gorgeous beaches and I love the Australian accent.
If you could play one pro sport besides golf, what would it be?
Speed walking “Google a video of this”.
First concert you ever went to…
Carrie Underwood at our basketball stadium at the University of Illinois.
Three things you would bring on a deserted island and why?
Helicopter, Pilot to fly the helicopter and a book to read while my pilot flies me off the island in his helicopter.
What’s something you are looking forward to in the next year?
I don’t like to get too far ahead. I am always striving to become better and to do my best in all.
What do you consider to be the most valuable thing you own?
My golf clubs. I don’t travel without them otherwise something would feel empty…I will feel anxious
If you had one last practice round on the Symetra Tour, who would make up your foursome?
The Commissioner of the Symetra Tour and my two lawyers to find out why this has to be my last round on the Symetra Tour.
What’s your favorite tournament city?
My answer would change week after week because I know who butters our bread.
If you had the opportunity to tell the fans and the media something about yourself or your career, what would it be?
I work hard and this being my third year on Tour I’d say that all the girls on Tour have guts. We are courageous for going after our dream meanwhile facing different factors/challenges week after week. Our lives are constantly changing with the opportunities that are given. The people we meet, new relationships we establish and our game. Professional golfer’s careers are unique and everyone has a different approach to achiever/catch their dream.