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Esther Choe

It's taken a bit longer than anyone expected, but Esther Choe is a winner of a professional tour event. Choe claimed the trophy at the Symetra Tour's Sara Bay Classic, winning by four strokes. (The Symetra Tour is the new name of the LPGA Futures Tour.)

Choe was a stud at the junior level - she won the AJGA Player of the Year Award in 2006. Look at the list of AJGA girls players of the year and it's filled with golfers who've gone on to LPGA success and stardom. Choe seemed to be on that same track after she turned pro at the age of 18. After turning pro in 2007, she got into five Futures Tour events, and finished in the Top 10 in four of them, including a runner-up.

But then she started working on swing changes, and, as sometimes happens, she took a few steps back while trying to master the new approach. Not only did Choe miss out on LPGA Q-School in 2008, she didn't even make it through Futures Tour Q-School.

She regained Futures Tour status in 2009, and signs of progress came with a victory in the Arizona Women's Open (not a tour event) in 2010. She finished 12th on the Futures Tour money list that year.

But now, all Choe's hard work on the new swing is really starting to pay off. Don't be suprised if Choe is finally ready to pick up where she left off all the way back in 2007.

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