The IOA Golf Classic goes to Grace Kim who in Longwood, Florida and on the Alaqua Country Club course (par 71), celebrated her first career title on the Epson Tour, the second American women's circuit. Victory with record for the 21-year-old Australian who, with a total of 195 (66 65 64, -18) strokes, set the new score record in a 54-hole Epson Tour tournament, clearly beating her compatriot Sarah Jane Smith, second with 200 (-13) like the South Korean Hyo Joo Jang.
While Roberta Liti (144, +2) and Silvia Cavalleri (150, +8), the two blue in the race, came out. Thanks to this success, Kim grossed $ 30,000 against a prize pool of 200,000. And the success allowed the Sidney project to jump from 75th to 8th place in the order of merit of the circuit.
In an event characterized by bad weather, with suspensions in the first as in the second round.
Grace Kim, results
First joy as a pro for Kim who, as an amateur, got great awards. Among these, the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games 2018, the Youth Olympics, where in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she overtook the blue Alessia Nobilio (second).
Kim, raised in Greenacre, New South Wales by Korean-born parents, enjoyed a stellar amateur career and in 2019 reached No. 29 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking to become Australia's highest-ranked female amateur. She amassing a number of titles, including the 2017 Australian Girls' Amateur and the 2018 Annika Invitational Australasia in New Zealand with rounds of 72, 62 and 68 (−16). After back-to-back wins in the NSW Women's Amateur in 2020 and 2021, she triumphed at the 2021 Australian Women's Amateur in Adelaide.
She is a four-time recipient of the Karrie Webb Scholarship, and won an individual gold medal at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. She became Australia's second-ever competitor in the Augusta National Women's Amateur.
Kim also played for the Australia National Team, and she won bronze at the 2017 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan. In 2018, she represented Australia at the Espirito Santo Trophy and Queen Sirikit Cup. She won the Patsy Hankins Trophy with the Asia/Pacific team in 2018.