2022 Epson Tour Graduate, Grace Kim from Sydney Australia, won the LOTTE Championship on the LPGA Tour on April 15, 2023. This was only her third start during her rookie season on the LPGA.
Last year on the Epson Tour, Grace finished fifth on the Epson Tour money list earning $89,720. She recorded five top 10 finishes including a victory at the IOA Golf Classic. In one event, Grace took home a $300,000 check.
Get to know Grace:
WHERE DID YOU FIRST LEARN THE GAME OF GOLF AND WHO TAUGHT YOU?
My dad introduced me to golf back at home (Sydney, Australia), and looking back now; I don’t know what I would be doing if it wasn’t for this sport!
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE GOLF WAS SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO PURSUE AS A CAREER?
When I won my age group at a junior tournament when I was around 14 years old, I started to realize the taste of winning! It took me a while since I started to grow the heart to play this sport.
WHO HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST SUPPORTER THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER?
My parents have helped me from the beginning, so I will forever be grateful for their hard work and determination in getting me this far. Hopefully, I can now keep trending to make them forever proud!
HOW DOES PLAYING ON THE EPSON TOUR HELP YOU PREPARE FOR THE LPGA TOUR?
I am thoroughly blessed with the opportunities Epson Tour gives as it helps you understand how to adapt to your life, whether it is the travel, the grass type, interruptions/disturbances, etc. The Tour allows you to understand how to be well prepared for each event, especially with the weather conditions we’ve had this year!
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE YOU HAVE OVERCOME THAT HELPED YOU BECOME THE PERSON YOU ARE TODAY?
I think you face obstacles daily; for me, it’s mental. You face so many things in your day-to-day life, and golf is a sport you can play well after your career ends whenever you want. Playing professional golf can take a toll on you mentally. Dealing with pressure and learning how to not only change my perspective on life but being able to accept and manage those thoughts throughout this season has gotten me this far today.
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