Plenty of Kims but only one Birdie

There are four golfers with the last name of Kim in this week’s Symetra LPGA Futures Tour Sara Bay Classic but the one everyone should recognize is Birdie.

pp_kim_birdie_lg.jpgBirdie Kim is the most celebrated player in the 144-player field which takes on the Donald Ross-designed Sara Bay Country Club course, starting Friday.

To refresh your memory, Birdie Kim won the 2005 U.S, Women’s Open by two strokes, capped by a 60-foot bunker shot on the last hole.

In 2005, she earned a total of $715,006 and came in 13th for LPGA season money position.

Unfortunately, that was the last time she won an LPGA tournament. A car accident in 2009 derailed her career.

Just like the rest of the players in the field, she is using the Futures Tour as a stepping stone to the LPGA Tour. Birdie finished tied for fourth in the first tournament of the year at Winter Haven and won over $4,000.

Born Ju-Yun Kim in South Korea, she changed to her first name to Birdie in 2004, in an effort to distinguish herself from the numerous other Korean golfers named Kim in the women's golf world in the minds of non-Koreans.

The Sara Bay Classic begins Friday and runs through Sunday.
Tickets are $10 per day $25 for the week.

This is the first pro golf tournament in the Sarasota-Bradenton area since the 2000 Champions Tour tournament at TPC-Prestancia.


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