The LPGA Lotte Championship will commence this week at Ko Olina where Punahou alum, Stephanie Kono, will continue her quest to reclaim full-time status on the LPGA tour.
The Honolulu native and former UCLA All-American failed to make a single cut in her 2012 rookie year but is looking for a successful homecoming run after earning partial tour status at qualifying school, and two months after making her first pro cut at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.
Kono explained that her experiences dealing with injuries and obstacles have her feeling prepared for anything in this stage of her career.
“I feel like I’ve struggled so much in the last few years that I’m not really afraid of anything anymore and I got injured for a while last year and it was hard for me to sit out for a couple months especially in the beginning of the year and now I feel like I’m stronger than ever mentally and physically and I don’t really take it for granted,” said Kono.
The former state champion will be joined by a duo of fellow Punahou graduates this week including the 2014 Lotte champion Michelle Wie and Buffanblu senior Allisen Corpuz.
The 2016 LPGA Lotte Championship opening round starts on Wednesday at Ko Olina.