Princeton rising sophomore golfer Kelly Shon is competing in the U.S. Women's Open this week at The Broadmoor's East Course in Colorado Springs, Colo., running from Thursday through Sunday. Shon will tee off at 7:44 a.m. local time for Thursday's first round and 1:44 p.m. for Friday's second round. Leading into the tournament, Shon received this mention in Golfweek's "5 Things" column written by Julie Williams:
1. Brains and birdies: Kelly Shon wears two hats this week: that of the Ivy League scholar, and that of the elite amateur. Shon, a sophomore at Princeton, is making her first Women's Open start at The Broadmoor, and couldn't be more excited for what that might mean for her golf career.
Many of Shon's classmates hit the intern circuit hard for the summer, something Shon had planned to do as an upperclassman. In other words, if ever there were a summer to qualify for the Open, this was it.
"Internships are definitely on my mind right now, but getting into the Open has definitely been an encouraging factor, in terms of maybe turning pro, so maybe not doing an internship for the next couple summers," she explained.
Outside the ropes, Shon's older sister Soomin, a 2008 graduate of Cornell, laughed about Kelly's inability to select a major. One year down, Kelly, 19, is still undecided, but leaning toward philosophy or sociology.
It's a girls week in Colorado Springs for the Shons, as just Kelly, Soomin and Kae, the girls' mother, made the trip. Kae caddied for Kelly in the 36-hole sectional qualifier at Medina (Minn.) Golf and Country Club. This week, Kelly was hoping a Princeton teammate might carry her bag, but the cheering contingent from New Jersey didn't arrive soon enough. Instead, she settled for longtime Broadmoor member Jeff Freyschlag, who also caddied for Constantino Rocca when the U.S. Senior Open visited this venue in 2008.
"Incredibly impressed," Freyschlag said of Shon's game as he walked off the final green Tuesday.
No understatement from someone who knows the difficulty of this mountain course.