Updated: Jan, 2017

MINDY KIM

The Facts

Birthday: July 5, 1989
Rookie Year on LPGA: 2009
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Home Base: Diamond Bar, CA
Best LPGA Finish: T-4th (2013 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic)
Best LPGA Major Finish: T-23rd (2009 McDonald's LPGA Championship)
Best score: 64 (twice)
Best Scoring Average for a year: 72.41 (2009)
Best Season money total: $262,055 (2011)
Best Season Money Position: 38th (2011)
Most Top Tens/Season: 4 (2011)

Rookie of the Year Finish: Well back

Height: Unknown
2017 LPGA Status: Category 21
Nicknames: None known
How's her English?: Fluent
Road to the LPGA: Finished 2nd on the 2008 Futures Tour money list to earn LPGA status in 2009

Capsule Bio

Mindy Kim was born in South Korea, but came to California as a young girl. She qualified for the Futures Tour while still 17 years old, and played that tour in 2007, where her top finish was a tie for fifth. She easily maintained her tour card for 2008.

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2008 was her breakout year on the Futures. Still only 18, one of the youngest girls on tour, she started her year with top tens in two of her first three events. But it was at the Mercedes Championship in Kansas in mid-May that Mindy broke through with her first win. She followed that up with another victory at the following event, the Aurora Health Care Championship.

From that point on, Kim rarely finished outside of the top ten. In August, she collected a third win in Kentucky, pretty much sealing her tour card for the LPGA in 2009. In the end, she finished second on the money list with $79,270, a total that would have led the money list almost any other year, but was still behind Korean American star Vicky Hurst in 2008.

Mindy's rookie year on the LPGA wasn't that great, although she did finish well enough on the money list (92nd) to maintain reasonable status on tour. She had only a single top ten, qualified for only one Major, and made less than $100,000.

She had roughly the same kind of season in 2010, making slightly less money but finishing slightly higher on the money list. Her status remained category 11 for the 2011 season.

2011 was a bit of a breakthrough season for Kim. She notched four top tens during the year, including a tie for 5th at the State Farm Classic. She also shot her career best round at that tournament, a 64. In all, she made over $250,000 during 2011, finishing in the top 40 on the money list for the first time, and earned top status for 2012.

Mindy had a weaker 2012 than 2011. She only had one top ten, a tie for 10th at the RR Donnelly early in the year. She did manage a second 64, tying her career best score, at the Manulife. In the end, she finished with a little more than $100,000 in earnings, holding on to top status with a 77th place finish on the money list.

Mindy did not have a strong 2013 season. The highlight of that year was her best ever LPGA finish, a tie for 4th in the Bahamas. But it was her only top ten of the year. She also missed the cut in all five Majors and wound up with only $67,370 in earnings. She finished 94th on the money list and slipped to category 11 status for 2014.

2014 was an even worse year for Mindy. She only made two cuts all year and earned just a little over $7K. Minday played exclusively on the Symetra Tour in 2015, but only finished 51st on their money list.

In 2016, Mindy only played four times on the LPGA and missed all four cuts. She played more often on the Symetra Tour, but her best finishes there were a pair of fifth places. She only finished 46th on the money list there, and so will probably be on the Symetra Tour again in 2017.

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