March 20, 1984
Year on LPGA: 2005
Place: Seoul, South Korea
Best LPGA Finish: Win (2006 Florida's Natural)
Best LPGA Major Finish: T-9th (2006 McDonald's LPGA Championship)
Score: 64 (2005, 2006)
Best Scoring Average for a year: 72.46 (2005)
Best Season money total: $385,224 (2006)
Best Season Money Position: 31st (2006)
Most Top Tens/Season: 4 (2005, 2006)
Height: 5' 4"
2014 LPGA Status: on KLPGA tour
her English?: Unknown
Road to the LPGA: T-10th at 2004 Q-School to gain Exempt
card for 2005.
Sung Ah Yim turned pro in late 2002. She played
on the KLPGA tour in 2003, where her results were decent but unspectacular.
In 2004, she moved to America and played on the Futures Tour, where
she did better. There, she notched 8 top tens, and managed two more
top fives on the KLPGA.
At 2004 Q-School, she finished tied for 10th to
secure an exempt card for the 2005 season.
2005 has been a strong year for Yim. She notched
several top twenties early, then put herself into a position to
win at the Jamie Farr Classic. Indeed, had she made a fifteen foot
putt for birdie on the final hole, she would have won. As it was,
though, she missed that putt and a follow up par, and finished tied
for third. A few months later, she took a share of the first round
lead at the Safeway Classic and finished tied for 5th. She also
notched a 9th at the State Farm Classic after that. Thus, Yim easily
retained her exempt status for 2006.
Sung Ah had a solid start to her year, contending
at the very first event in February. But it was at the Florida's
Natural Championship that she made the biggest splash. She played
in the final group Sunday with none other than Annika Sorenstam.
On paper, it looked like a mismatch, but Yim played well, and in
the end it was Annika who blinked first when she hit her tee shot
out of bounds on the second to last hole. Thus, amazingly, Sung
Ah Yim won her first LPGA event. Shortly thereafter, she got her
first top ten in a Major at the LPGA Championship. She wound up
31st on the money list, earning two more years of exemption on tour
in the process.