21 Things You Didn’t Know About Lilia Vu

Meet the UCLA graduate who's finally making her mark on the professional stage

Lilia Vu
Lilia Vu is finally enjoying herself on the professional scene
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1. Her full name is Lillia Kha-Tu Du Vu.

2. Her home town is Fountain Valley, California.

3. Her older brother, Andre, played on the UC Riverside golf team.

4. Vu first picked up a golf club at the age of seven.

5. She was a two-time American Junior Golf Assn. All-American and she qualifed for the 2015 US Women’s Open.

6. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied political science.

7. She was once named Pac-12 Player of the Year.

8. Her father, Douglas, who teaches at David L. Baker Golf Club in Fountain Valley, has been her coach.

9. Vu was the world number one amateur in 2018.

10. The Californian was part of America’s victorious Curtis Cup team in 2018, claiming four points in the process.

11. She ranked first on the all-time UCLA career victory list with eight individual titles.

12. Vu won three times on the Symetra Tour, which is now known as the Epson Tour, the LPGA’s feeder Tour. 

13. Vu was in the US team that won the Arnold Palmer Cup in France in 2018.

14. Vu turned professional in 2019, but missed the cut in eight of her first nine events, making just $3,830 along the way.

15. She once considered quitting her pro golf aspirations and going to law school.

16. Her first professional win on Tour came at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February 2023.

17. She’s a Major winner, that victory coming not long after at the 2023 Chevron Championship.

18. Vu names Rory McIlroy as one of her favourite golfers.

19. Several caddies have worked alongside Vu, including her mom, Yvonne, while Cole Pensanti was the lucky looper who carried the bag for her during her Major victory.

20. Her other interests include television and music. Shawn Mendes is one of her favourite singers.

21. Vu was very close to her late grandfather, who built a boat to help his family escape a war-torn Vietnam.

Michael Weston
Contributing editor

Michael has been with Golf Monthly since 2008. As a multimedia journalist, he has also worked for The Football Association, where he created content to support the men's European Championships, The FA Cup, London 2012, and FA Women's Super League. As content editor at Foremost Golf, Michael worked closely with golf's biggest equipment manufacturers, and has developed an in-depth knowledge of this side of the industry. He's now a regular contributor, covering instruction, equipment and feature content. Michael has interviewed many of the game's biggest stars, including six world number ones, and has attended and reported on many Major Championships and Ryder Cups. He's a member of Formby Golf Club.