Muni He Chinese Golfer Wiki / Bio

Muni He, or Lily as she is colloquially known, is a Chinese-born professional golfer and model. She plays her golf on The LPGA Tour and is the most followed Chinese golfer on Instagram. She played in The 2015 US Women’s Open as a 16-year-old, where she made the cut and finished tied for 53rd. 

Outside of golf, He is endorsed by Nike and Chinese social media and messaging platform WeChat. She also appeared on the August 2019 cover of The Chinese Golf Digest magazine and the February 2020 cover of Fore Magazine.

Statistics

  • Age: 21
  • DOB: June 17, 1999
  • Birthplace: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Nationality: Chinese/American
  • Relationship Status: Single
  • Net Worth: Reports on Muni’s net worth range from $1 million – $2 Million. However, the sources of these statistics are unconfirmed.

Biography

Personal Life

Muni was born on June 17, 1999, in Chengdu. A city in the Sichuan province of China. There is no information about her mother in the public domain. However, her father, Nong He, is credited with kick-starting her career in golf.

At the age of seven, Lily and her family left China for the West Coast of Canada. They settled in Vancouver before emigrating once more. This time to San Diego in Southern California. 

She attended Torrey Pines High School, only five miles from the host venue of The 2021 US Open, with the same name. However, she finished at homeschool allowing her to focus on her golf commitments.

After high school, He committed to The University of Southern California, where she majored in Communications. However, she lasted only two semesters at USC, before deciding to turn Pro and chase a career on tour. 

She felt that if she stayed in College, she would be left behind by others who had joined the Tour in their teenage years.

Outside of golf, Muni is currently in a relationship with British-born Thai racing driver Alex Albon.

Golf Stuff

Muni was introduced to golf at the age of five by her father, hotelier, and restaurateur, Nong He. After emigrating from China, Muni only began playing golf regularly when her family arrived in San Diego. During this time, she played in various Southern California and American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournaments.

As an amateur, Muni claimed victory in multiple tournaments. Including The 2012 Randy Wise Junior Open, 2013 Ping Phoenix Junior, The 2015 Polo Golf Junior Classic, and The 2017 Minnesota Invitational.

Lily stamped her mark on the world of professional golf when she was a 16-year-old high school kid. She teed off in the 2015 U.S Women’s Open, made the cut, and finished tied for 53rd.

In 2016 He earned an invitation to play in The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters and The Hyundai China Ladies Open. Even though she did not cut in either event. It provided her with valuable experience on the professional stage.

Her performances as a junior caught the eye of The University of Southern California. She subsequently joined the Trojans for the 2016-17 season. After only a year at USC, she decided to drop out at turn Pro in December 2017. 

He felt that three years at College would hamper her golf development compared to other young Pros, who decided to join the Tour in their teens.

 It only took He seven months to bag her first professional win, coming out on top at The 2018 Prasco Charity Championship on The Symetra Tour. The following year Muni was the overall winner in the eight-round LPGA Q-Series, handing her an LPGA Tour card for 2020. 

During her rookie year in 2019, He found herself in a slump, struggling to return solid results. Her friends suggested that she watch the Netflix documentary “Drive To Survive,” which she credits for motivating her to go into the short 2020 season.

She has struggled to find consistency since joining The LPGA Tour, missing ten cuts combined in the two seasons. However, she is young and has a bright future ahead of her.

Endorsements

At 21, Lily enjoys high-profile endorsement deals from sports brand Nike and Chinese social media and messaging platform WeChat. There are no details regarding the monetary value of these deals.

Modeling

He is not just an incredible golfer who has earned comparisons to the great Tiger Woods. She has the looks to match her sporting talent, which has given her a side career in modeling and amassed her 365,000 followers on Instagram. 

Muni has already appeared on the cover of Golf Digest China and Fore Magazine. You can also catch her on The Golf Channel, where she briefly describes her golfing journey in an advert.

Animals

Lily is an animal lover who has an affinity for rabbits. She has two, Turbo and Birdie, who she believes assist her mental health, as they keep her company and calm her down. When she was living in China, He would rescue the furry creatures from her local market.

Environmental Activism

Muni is passionate about environmental causes and plays an active role in raising awareness about climate change. She has used her social media status to promote environmentally sustainable causes. In 2020, she partnered with VitaFusion Gummy Vitamins to plant 200,000 fruit trees in Los Angeles.

Relationship

Muni He is currently dating F1 and Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) driver, Alex Albon. 

The British-Thai driver raced for Red Bull in the 2020 F1 season, but he was replaced by Mexican Sergio Perez in 2021. He has since assumed a simulator role with Red Bull to enhance the performance of their vehicles. Alex will drive a Ferrari 488 in the 2021 DTM series.

Lily followed Alex on Instagram after watching the Netflix documentary “Drive To Survive,” and Albon returned the favor. The pair began chatting, and when the race car driver took some time off in Los Angeles, they finally met and began dating not long afterward.

While Alex has taken a liking to golf, he is still a beginner and has a long way to go before he can compete with his girlfriend. 

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