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
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"
2017 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.