Born on June 13, 1988, In-Kyung Kim is a South Korean golfer who turned pro at the end of 2007. Known as IK Kim or Kimmy to her fans, the 5-foot-3 golfer won the US Girls Amateur Championship in 2005, the most prestigious junior golf event for girls in the world, after spending most of her amateur career playing in South Korea. Kim won three events in the first few months that she played in the States, and soon afterwards, she earned her exempt status for 2007 when she tied for first at the 2006 LPGA qualifying school. She then made four top 10 finishes in 2007, the year that she turned pro. These included a second place at the Wegman’s LPGA, her best LPGA finish, and a tie for 27 at the Jimmy Farr Owens Corning Classic.
The highlight of Kim’s rookie year came at the Rochester tournament when she competed with Lorena Ochoa and came very close to winning the event. Her victory at the US Girls Amateur Championship was also a very memorable one, especially because she had gone head to head with seasoned golfer Inbee Park who had previously finished first and second in the event in the past. The match was especially a significant one for Park since it was the final year that she would be eligible to play in the event. Kim rallied on, however, and won the event with scores of 5 and 4.
Kim also played for Team Asia at the Lexus Cup. She paired with Se Ri Pak to win both team matches and won her singles matches as well. She currently has an exempt status for 2008 and is being sponsored by the Hana Financial Group.
Currently, Kim has 4 titles, 3 of which were won on the LPGA Tour, and one on the Ladies European Tour. However, she was not able to win any Major Championships so far. She did win the 2010 LET Rookie of the Year.