Look atop the leaderboard at the 2019 US Women’s Open, and you’ll see an awkward name above the others: Jeongeun Lee6.
Yeah, with a number in it.
You don’t normally see a player with a number in the middle of their name on a golf leaderboard. Or anywhere for that matter. But there’s a number at the end of Jeongeun Lee6’s name, and she’s right on the front page of the leaderboard at the 2017 US Women’s Open.
So why does Jeongeun Lee6 have a six on the end of her first name? In her native Korea, on the Korean LPGA Tour, there are SIX players with her name. So, they all go by different numbers — Jeongeun Lee1, Jeongeun Lee2, Jeongeun Lee3, Jeongeun Lee4, Jeongeun Lee5 and Jeongeun Lee6. The numbers are determined based on a player’s age. The oldest Jeongeun is the first and so forth, meaning Jeongeun Lee6 is the youngest on the tour.
Jeongeun Lee6 is just 23 years old, and this, by far, is the biggest stage of her career. She’s enjoying a great season on the KLPGA, winning once as part of 10 top-10 finishes in 14 starts.
Jeongeun Lee6 isn’t the only Jeongeun Lee to compete on the LPGA — the O.G. Jeongeun Lee has made an number of starts — but she isn’t changing her branding for American audiences. Jeongeun6 already has a huge fan club called the “Lucky 6” in Korea, where women’s golf is one of the nation’s most popular pro sports tours to follow. That fan club will only grow in size if she manages to continue her incredible play on the LPGA.