Talented Australian golfer Grace Kim says her first full-time year on the LPGA Tour is just a reward for the hard work she put into her young career.
- Kim graduates to LPGA ranks after rookie season on U.S. Futures Tour
- She won the tournament in Florida and has five top 10 finishes in 2022.
- The 22-year-old says she’s ready for a challenge on the LPGA Tour
Kim had just one season on the Secondary Futures Tour in the US last year before earning a 2023 LPGA card.
She finished fifth on the money list, becoming the first Australian to graduate from the tour ranks to the LPGA since major winner Hannah Green (2017).
Kim won the event last May in Longwood, Fla., winning among the five Top 10 finishes she posted in her rookie season.
The 22-year-old, who has had an impressive amateur career in Australia, said playing on the Futures Tour was difficult.
“It’s been an exhausting year, both mentally and physically,” Kim told ABC Sports.
“But it definitely paid off.”
Kim said she wasn’t expecting much from herself before embarking on the LPGA Tour.
“I’m really trying to remember to live each day as it is,” she said.
“Obviously, now that I’m playing in the big leagues, I’m going to make the most of every day, whether it’s a bad day or a good day.”
Kim will be competing in the dual gender Big Open at Barwon Heads next month.
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