RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Hee Kyung Seo, the KLPGA member who won last week's Kia Classic in a runaway, says she's not sure she wants to join the LPGA, which she can now do based on her victory at La Costa. But the word is that she is considering making the jump a lot more seriously now, especially after learning that one of the major concerns she has -- qualifying for the KLPGA Hall of Fame -- is not as much of a problem as she originally feared.
To get into the KLPHA Hall of Fame, Seo needs to win 20 times on that tour. With 11 victories already at the age of 24 she is more than halfway there. And since as an international member of the LPGA she need only play 10 events a year to fulfill her tour obligations, it seems as if she can juggle both schedules rather easily.
Seo, who is in the field this week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, need only look at the LPGA schedule to see how easily she can juggle the two tours. The next LPGA event isn't until April 29 in Mexico and between the Kraft Nabisco and June 10 there are only three LPGA tournaments. Seems like plenty of opportunities to work in some KLPGA stops.
One thing is certain: Extremely helpful LPGA types are explaining the situation to Seo. Don't be surprised if an announcement by her that she wants to accept LPGA membership is made sometime n the not too distant future.
-- Ron Sirak