Jimin Kang

Korea, Republic of

5'6"

2003

$2,304,501.50

Arizona State University

Race to CME Globe

122

Rolex Ranking™

350

Jimin Kang Bio

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5’6”...Started playing golf at the age of 13...Credits God, her mother, her brother David and her grandmother for most influencing her career...Hobbies include working out, jogging, playing the flute, listening to music, talking on the phone, eating and playing with her dog Angel...Qualified for the Tour on her first attempt.

2013 in a Nutshell

  • 3 events, 1 cut made, $22,146 (123)
  • Season-best finish was T13 at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup
  • Played a limited schedule in 2013 due to taking a medical leave

Career

  • In 2011, finished tied for 19th at the Kraft Nabisco Championship; tied for 23rd at the Avnet LPGA Classic; tied for 25th at the Wegmans LPGA Championship; tied for 37th at the HSBC Women's Champions; tied for 38th at the Honda LPGA Thailand and tied for 43rd at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.
  • In 2010, recorded her second LPGA victory at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; Tied for seventh at the LPGA Championship Presented by Wegmans; tied for eighth at the Mizuno Classic.
  • In 2009, best finish was a tie for eighth at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
  • In 2008, best finish was a tie for seventh at the Hana Bank - KOLON Championship; crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings at the LPGA State Farm Classic.
  • In 2007, best finish was a tie for sixth at The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions.
  • In 2006, best finish was a tie for ninth at the LPGA Takefuji Classic.
  • In 2005, became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the LPGA Corning Classic, where she recorded her first LPGA career hole-in-one during the final round; carded a career-low 62 the next week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic; recorded second career LPGA hole-in-one during the first round of the State Farm Classic.
  • In 2004, recorded eight top-10 finishes, including two wins, on the Futures Tour and topped the Futures Tour money list, earning 2004 Futures Tour Player of the Year honors and exempt status for the 2005 LPGA season.
  • In 2003, carded a season-low 69 during the third round of the Longs Drugs Challenge; tied for 33rd at the CJ Nine Bridges Classic Presented by Sports Today; returned to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, where she tied for 42nd to retain non-exempt status for the 2004 LPGA season.
  • In July 2002, turned professional; as a competitor on the Futures Tour, won the M&T Bank Loretto Futures Golf Classic and finished fourth at the Betty Puskar Futures Golf Classic; tied for 24th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn nonexempt status for the 2003 LPGA season.

    Amateur
    Kang had an extensive and impressive amateur career that began with an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex All-American selection in 1996. She was an AJGA Rolex All-American honorable mention selection in 1999, the same year she was named the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) Amateur Player of the Year. In 1998, she was the PNGA Junior Player of the Year and won titles at the Orange Bowl International Junior Golf Championships, the PING Junior Championships and the Polo Golf Junior Championships. In 1999, Kang won the WIAA state and district championships, the Washington Women’s Amateur Championship and was the runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. She qualified to play in the 1999 SAFECO Classic in Kent, Wash., and threw out the first pitch at a Seattle Mariners game at SAFECO Field during tournament week. As a freshman at Arizona State University, she was a Second-Team All-Pac-10 selection for the 2000-01 season and earned First-Team All-Pac-10 honors the following year after winning the 2002 Pac-10 Championship. She also won the 2001 New Mexico State Intercollegiate and recorded 10 top-10 finishes in two years of college competition. In 2001, she won the PNGA Women’s Amateur Championship. She was a National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) First-Team All-American for the 2001-02 season and played on the West All-Regional Team from 2001-02.

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