ISO no worries for committed Kim

David Tease
May 5, 2020

Grace Kim hasn’t let the disappointment of the cancellation of the last month’s Augusta National Women’s Amateur slow her down.

The cancellation of this year’s Augusta National Women’s Amateur was tough. Still, the disappointment has been tempered by the Augusta National Committee ensuring a place in the 2021 field for those who missed out this year.

“If you were in the field for this year, they told us you had been exempted into the field for next year,” she explained. “It’s not like I lose much; it is a win-win. Either way, I will be happy.”

The teen powerhouse is packing in an impressive five games a week at her home club, Avondale during the isolation, and along the way is getting to know a whole bunch of members very, very well.

“I’m playing 18 holes a day.

“I’ve had to restrict my practice to 30 minutes before on the range, and then I go and play with whoever has put their name down beside me.

“I’m getting to know a good handful of the members now very well,” she smiled.

Kim admits the Coronavirus crisis has put a significant dent in her plans for this year and beyond, but she figures all she can do is take it one day at a time and see how the remainder of 2020 pans out.

“I just have to go with the flow.

“I was planning on going to the USA for (LPGA) qualifying, to try and turn pro, but who knows what will happen now.

Despite the non-existent playing opportunities, Kim said she had been putting the enforced isolation to good use, building her strength to try and find some distance from the tee.

“At times it is a bit boring, but I’m getting used to it. I have to discipline myself, write down my goals, not get distracted by my phone while training. I am quite enjoying it.”

“I am hitting it further, and it’s not affecting my accuracy,

“I have been scoring quite alright.”

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