Symetra Tour member Min-G Kim is taking the opportunity to start her ninth career on the LPGA Tour. The six-year veteran has a career year on the “Road to the LPGA” with five top 25 finishes in nine starts, including a pair of top 10s and eight cuts.
It appears that Kim brought this steady game to The Colony, Texas for the Volunteers of America Classic. She carded seven birdies, including four straight from numbers 5 through 8, for a 4 under 67 on Saturday at the Old American Golf Club for a total of -7 and joining four other players in a tie in 11th place.
“The [birdie run] was the big turning point of my lap today, “said Kim after hitting 14 greens typically. “I didn’t do anything on my second lap [late yesterday and] earlier today. After that first birdie they kept coming back. “
Earlier this week, the 23-year-old spoke about the impact of her recent conversation with World Golf Hall of Fame member Nancy Lopez and how it has strengthened her mentality. Kim met with Lopez at the Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship on the Symetra Tour in late May to ask a few questions and “learn a few things” by gathering her thoughts.
“Nancy is a big inspiration of mine,” said Kim, who has her father Jongmin Kim on her pocket. “She told me that every time she went on the swing her father said, ‘You have a chance. Just try your best. No matter where the ball goes. Just focus shot by shot. ‘ I think this way of thinking has helped me a lot.
“I try to remember it. Obviously I get angry, I get nervous, but I try to repeat her words in my head just to keep me down and not let my nerves get over me. [Confidence] for sure.”