Kimberly Kim to turn pro for Women’s Open

Kimberly Kim at the 2010 Curtis Cup.
Kimberly Kim at the 2010 Curtis Cup. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Kimberly Kim announced she will turn professional for the U.S. Women’s Open next month at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club.

The announcement comes on the heels of Kim’s decision not to return to Denver after a freshman season that included a win at the Sun Belt Conference Championship and an NCAA Championship berth as an individual, where she finished 27th.

Kim previously told Golfweek she planned to play the U.S. Women’s Amateur in August. Instead, her amateur career ended with a trip to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. Kim finished runner-up at the 2009 WAPL, and also at the 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Kim became the youngest player to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2006 at the age of 14. She has been a member of two Curtis Cup teams, and names those experiences as two of her most memorable amateur moments.

“It kind of reminds me of when you go from junior golf to amateur golf and collegiate golf,” she said of the transition. “I think they’re all kind of similar. This is the biggest step so it’s exciting.”

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