Updated: March, 2017


The Facts

Birthday: February 2, 1980
Rookie Year on LPGA: 2003
Birth Place:
Chunchon, South Korea
Best LPGA Finish: Win (2007 Corning Classic
Best LPGA Major Finish:
T-3rd (2005 Weetabix Women's British Open)
Best Scoring Average for a year: 71.48 (2006)
Best Season money total: $470,926 (2005)
Best Season Money Position: 28th (2006)
Most Top Tens/Season: 6 (2005)

Height: 5' 7"
2017 LPGA Status: retired
Nicknames: None known
Sponsors: None Known
How's her English?: Decent
Hobbies: Listening to music
Road to the LPGA: Young Kim finished T-4th at Q-School in 2002

Capsule Bio

Young Kim turned pro in 1998 at the age of 18. She played on the KLPGA for five years, winning twice. She played on the Futures Tour in 2001, winning once. In 2002 she excelled on the KLPGA, finishing fifth on the money list. At the 2002 LPGA Q-School she was the top Korean finisher, with a tie for 4th to earn exempt status for 2003. She then signed a new contract with sponsor Shinsegae.

2003 was a solid year for her. She finished 9th in her first LPGA event, the Welch's/Fry's Championship. She only played two Majors in 2003, and got top tens in both: tied for 6th at the LPGA Championship and tied for 9th at the British Open. Late in the year she returned to Korea and won two KLPGA events there.

Young Kim finished the year 44th on the LPGA money list, easily retaining her exempt status. She also finished second in the Rookie of the Year race, ahead of such well known players as Suzann Pettersen, Christina Kim, Raquel Carriedo and Paula Marti.

In 2004, Young Kim had another solid but unspectacular year. She finished 44th on the money list for the second year in a row, notched 3 top tens, and finished in the top 30 in three of the four Majors she played.

In 2005 she improved significantly. For the first time, she finished within the top 30 on the money list, and had her best ever career finish, a third place finish at the British Open. She had six total top tens, and challenged for the title of the Mizuno Classic, which she led the first two days. She finished about at the same spot on the 2006 money list, and accumulated five more top tens.

Young had a great week at the Lexus Cup. She won all three of her matches and was one of the most valuable players on the team, instrumental in leading Asia to its first win. A month later, she teamed with Ji Yai Shin to power Korea to a third place finish at the 2007 Women's World Cup.

Despite that strong start, 2007 turned out to be a strange year for Young. For one, she lost her longtime sponsor Shinsegae. She also did not play all that well in the Majors, failing to make even a single top 20 all year. However, she also had a great run of golf starting in May that culminated in her long awaited first win on tour at the Corning Classic. She did not have a top ten after that, however, the rest of the year.

In 2008, her play continued to be spotty. She did have one great tournament in Florida where she finished tied for third, but only collected 2 top tens total all year. She had more struggles in 2009. She managed to maintain full status on tour, but finished no higher than 19th in any event. Partly because of that, and partly because of the smaller schedule on the LPGA, Kim decided to enter the Japanese LPGA's Q-School that fall. She ended up winning Q-School to gain full membership on that tour.


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Interestingly, she decided to entirely focus on the Japanese tour for 2010. Although she did not have the kind of success fellow rookies Inbee Park and Sun Ju Ahn had, it was a decent year for Young. She finished 15th on the money list, had a second place, two thirds, and 8 total top tens. It was not a sterling performance, but showed promise that she could become a power on that tour in the coming years.

Young's 2011 season was not as strong as 2010 had been. She finished 34th on the money list, while in 2012, she finished 35th . She did not win either of those seasons.

Kim finally broke through with her first JLPGA win in 2013. That win came at the Nichi-Iko Women's Open in July; it was the first win for a Korean on that tour since mid-April. Despite the win, she finished slightly worse on the money list than in her previous years. She was 40th, with nearly 25 million yen earned.

Young made just 12 million yen in 2014, which placed her 65th on the Japanese tour money list. She had several top twenties, but only one top ten, a tie for 9th.

Young finished 59th on the 2015 JLPGA money list, making a little more than she did in 2014. She had one top ten, a tie for 7th. At the end of the year, she announced her retirement from golf.

In 2016, Young began working as a golf commentator, covering the KLPGA and the Olympics in Rio.

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