DURHAM, North Carolina – Duke University Women’s Senior Golf Gina Kim announced on Wednesday that she will turn pro and waive her remaining eligibility with the Blue Devils. She’s set to make her LPGA debut this month, having earned her LPGA Tour card in December at Q Series.
Kim, a native of Durham, North Carolina, has had an immediate impact on Duke since joining in 2018-19, as she played a pivotal role in helping lead the Blue Devils to the NCAA Championship in 2019 in Fayetteville, Ark. -America honors twice, All-ACC in 2019 and 2021 and Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Scholar All-American every three years.
“I’m beyond excited to start a new chapter in my life,” Kim said. “Although it is bittersweet to say goodbye to my home for the past four years, I am more energetic and determined to leave my mark on the LPGA. I am immensely grateful to my team, my coaches and my staff. of support here at Duke University and Duke Athletics for consistently supporting me and my passion for golf.”
Last year, Kim shot 10-under in the ACC Championship en route to winning the ACC Individual Title, while going 2-0 in match play to help the Blue Devils win their 21st ACC championship in school history. Kim then finished tied for fifth in the NCAA Championship to become the fourth female golfer from Duke to place in the top 10 for the NCAA Championship in her first two appearances.
In 24 tournaments during her Duke career, Kim averaged 72.92 strokes to go along with two wins, five top 5s, eight top 10s and 12 top 20s. She had 35 even-under-par rounds and eight scores in the 60s.
Kim has represented the United States at the 2021 Arnold Palmer Cup and the Curtis Cup, helping the teams to wins in both events.
At the LPGA Q Series in the fall, Kim had rounds of 70, 72, 71 and 73 for an even par, 286, which was tied for 52nd. She opened week two on fire with a 66 and 70, before closing with rounds of 71 and 76 to finish with a 5 under, 569. In the first leg of the LPGA qualifying school, Kim collected rounds of 71, 69, 66 and 67 for a 15 under, 273, to place first.
Duke will star Celine Boutier, Leona Maguire, Brittany Lang, Yu Liu, Ana Belac and Kim on the LPGA in 2022. Lindy Duncan, Laetitia Beck and Jaravee Boonchant will also take part in Monday qualifying with the Symetra Tour.
Kim will look to qualify for the first two LPGA events in Florida on Monday – Gainbridge LPGA in Boca Rio (January 27-30) and the LPGA Drive on Championship (February 3-5).