2007-08 - Senior: Second-Team All-Big Ten ... Led the Illini in stroke average, posting a 75.41 average in 34 rounds, which ranks as the third-lowest single-season stroke average in school history ... Took home her second career medalist honors by firing a career-low and school-record opening-round of 66 followed by back-to-back rounds of 73 for a four-under total of 212 at the Shootout at The Legends, tying the UI 54-hole tournament record and The Legends of Indiana course record ... Was the top Illini finisher in 8 of 11 tournaments ... Finished in the top-18 in 10 of 11 tournaments and tallied four top-5 finishes ... Was runner-up at the Challenge at Wolfdancer after firing a 54-hole total of 221 ... Carded the ninth-lowest 54-hole total in school history with a 220 at the Samford Intercollegiate, tying for third ... Led Illinois to victory at the Illini Spring Classic with a runner-up finish and a 54-hole total of 229 ... Finished tied for 16th at the Big Ten Championship with the seventh-lowest 72-hole total (303) in school history ... Her 77.79 career stroke average ranks third on the all-time list.
2006-07 - Junior: Led the Illini in stroke average for the second straight season, posting a 78.10 average in 29 rounds ... Took home medalist honors for the first time in her career by firing back-to-back rounds of 72 for an even-par total of 144 at the Indiana Invitational, tying the UI 36-hole tournament record in the process ... Earned Co-Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors after the victory ... Also posted two second place finishes on the season ... Was runner-up at the Shootout at The Legends after firing a UI season best 54-hole total of 216, which ranks as the fourth best 54-hole tournament score in school history ... Had two season best rounds of 71 at the Shootout at The Legends, helping the Illini break the team 54-hole school record ...Also finished second at the UC Spring Invite with a 36-hole score of 151 one week before her breakthrough victory at Indiana ... Was the only Illini to compete in all 10 tournaments and was the top UI finisher in 5 of her 10 tournaments ... Finished in the Top-15 in four of ten tournaments and never finished outside the Top-45 ... Took medalist honors at the Illinois State Amateur in July of 2007 ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2005-06 - Sophomore: Finished season with best Illini stroke average (76.78) in 32 rounds ... Led Illinois to season-low team tournament total of 910 at the Shootout at The Legends ... Fired a 54-hole score of 216 at the Shootout, equaling the third-best 54-hole total in school history at the time ... Recorded a career-low 69 in second round at the Shootout, which equaled the fourth-best single round score in Illinois history ... Recorded two season-best finishes of second (Shootout at The Legends and at the Planation Inn Invitational) ... Competed in all 11 tournaments for Illinois ... Academic All-Big Ten and George Huff Award recipient.
2004-2005 - Freshman: Played in all 11 tournaments as a freshman ... Twice tied for 18th - at the Lady Herd/El Diablo Intercollegiate and at the Illini Spring Classic ... Scored her best rounds of the season when she opened with consecutive 74s at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate ... Earned first Varsity "I" award.
Earned three varsity letters in golf and one in water polo ... 2004 Illinois Junior Champion ... Fifth place individual finish at state tournament ... 2003 All-State and all-conference recognition ... Won the individual title at the Rockford Tournament.
Born Jan. 24, 1986 ... Daughter of Yong Kyu and Ji Eun Park ... Majoring in community health-nursing ... Father, Yong Kyu, was a top Korean International wrestler ... Has one younger brother, Kevin ... Hobbies include watching movies and any sports activities ... Lists biggest thrill in sports as sinking 80-foot putts ... Recognizes her father as the biggest influence on her athletic career because "he was an athlete back in the day" and "he later started golfing and taught me."
Park's Career Statistics
Year Rounds Shots Avg. Low 18 2004-2005 29 2,360 81.38 74 (2) 2005-2006 32 2,457 76.78 69 2006-2007 29 2,265 78.10 71 (2) 2007-2008 34 2,564 75.41 66 TOTALS 124 9,646 77.79 66
Getting to Know Seul Ki...
I chose Illinois because: Illinois is a Big Ten school. It has a great reputation for its academics and sports programs. There was great team chemistry when I visited. "A little bit", sarcastically speaking had to do with my parents wanting me to stay close to home.
Favorite team quote: From the famous Seul Ki Quotes Book: when one of the girls asked where the cups were, I pointed to a cabinet and said, "It's in this cabin."
Favorite Athlete: Tiger Woods
Favorite Sports Team: The Bears
Favorite Movies: Transformers, Happy Feet, Devil Wears Prada, Wedding Crashers, The Pianist, Forrest Gump, Ratatouille
Favorite Sports Movies: Tin Cup, Happy Gilmore, The Greatest Game Ever Played, and Remember the Titans
Favorite Movie Quote: "He got me invested in some kinda fruit company." -Forrest Gump (referring to Apple Computers)
Favorite TV Show: House, CSI, American's Next Top Model, Full House and Family Matters
Favorite Band: Maroon 5
Favorite Book: All the Harry Potter books
Favorite Food: Sushi
Tournament superstitions: I only use even numbered golf balls
What sport would you play if you weren't a golfer? Swimming
Three words that describe me are: Committed, Caring, Responsible
Plans after Illinois: I am considering going professional for golf. I will try to qualify for the Futures Tour. I am also looking forward to going to nursing school where I will receive a Master's in Science in Nursing and a Registered Nursing Degree.