Oct
29
2009
Know Your Asians: In-Kyung Kim (In-Key-Yon Kim)
By Stephanie Wei under General

There’s an influx of Asians on the LPGA. And they’re really good. In fact, they win a lot. But many fans find it difficult to keep track of who is who because, you know, all Asians look alike and their names sound the same. So, let’s get to know them better.

  • Born and raised in South Korea, she’s 21 years old
  • She made her dazzling debut in the American junior golf ranks in 2005 when she won the US Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship and later that summer she achieved medalist honors in the stroke play portion of the US Women’s Amateur Championship
  • She tied for first at LPGA Q-school in 2006 and turned pro immediately after
  • During her rookie year in 2007, she made some noise with four top-10 finishes almost winning at the Wegmans, but lost in a tough playoff against top-ranked player Lorena Ochoa
  • She clinched her first victory on the LPGA at the 2008 Longs Drugs Challenge
  • In 2009 she beat co-Asian Se Ri Pak by one stroke to secure her second victory at the State Farm Classic
  • She surpassed $2 million in career earnings after her T10 finish at the 2009 Wegmans
  • She’s currently ranked 6th on the money list this season
  • Nicknames: Inky, I.K.
  • Her favorite dessert is strawberry cheesecake, but she maintains a healthy diet of cereal and fruit to prepare for tournaments
  • She plays the guitar to relax and her favorite karaoke song is Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold”
  • She speaks fluent English (!) and other players enjoy her company and say she’s charming with a great sense of humor

Asian-ness Scale (1-10, 1: Michelle Wie, totally Americanized [born in US, duh!]; 5: Se Ri Pak, somewhat assimilated; 10: Eun-Hee Ji, 한국말): In-Kyung = 4

[Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images]