LPGA Rookie Kim Kaufman‘s on her way up the leaderboard. When Kaufman finished the North Texas LPGA Shootout in a tie for 4th last week she shot up to 58th on the LPGA money list and 93rd on the reshuffled priority list. Nicely done, Kim Kaufman! In four short rounds of golf, a mere 72 holes, Kim Kaufman played her way off the Symetra Tour and onto the LPGA Tour for the rest of 2014.
The Texas Tech grad is still pinching herself.
It was amazing, I’m not sure I’ve really digested it yet, but it changed my career and changed my summer . . .
Kaufman established her golf credentials in an amateur career that spanned junior and collegiate golf. She was a quarterfinalist at the 2009 U.S. Girls Junior Championship and a semi-finalist at the 2012 U.S. Women’s Public Links Championship. At Texas Tech University she recorded one win, was a two-time All-American and was named the 2012 Fall College Player of the Year.
The six-footer nailed her first pro victory on the Symetra Tour at the 2013 Island Resort Championship and she finished tied for 23rd at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn Priority List Category 17 for the 2014 LPGA Tour season.
Kaufman will tee off Thursday, May 8 at her last 2014 Symetra Tour event, the Self Regional Healthcare Women’s Health Classic. This is a new event for the Symetra Tour and its $200K purse is the largest on the Tour. The event’s open to players from the LPGA Tour outside the top-60 on the money list and with the LPGA taking a week’s break before playing four events in four weeks, Kim Kaufman’s not the only LPGA Tour entry in the field.
Kaufman drives the ball 270+ yards, hits 70% of the greens in regulation, and averages 1.8 putts per GIR. Move over, Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie. You have company!