Duke star Gina Kim turns pro, leaves college early after earning LPGA card

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The Duke women’s golf team has some big shoes to fill this Spring.

Senior Gina Kim, a key player for the Blue Devil’s 2019 national championship team, announced on Wednesday she will turn professional after earning her LPGA card during Q-Series last month.

“I am more than excited to start a new chapter of my life,” said Kim via a release. “Although it is bittersweet to say goodbye to my home for the past four years, I am more energized and determined to make my mark on the LPGA. I am immensely grateful to my team, coaches, and support staff here at Duke University and Duke Athletics for constantly supporting me and my passion for golf.”

According to a release from the school, Kim will attempt to Monday qualify for the first two LPGA events in Florida: the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio (Jan. 27-30) and the LPGA Drive on Championship (Feb. 3-5).


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2021 U.S. Women's Amateur
2021 U.S. Women's Amateur

In 24 starts Kim earned a pair of victories and a 72.92 scoring average. She finished in the top 10 in a third of her appearances for the Blue Devils and was a two-time All-American.

All eyes will be on Erica Shepherd to shoulder the load, with underclassmen Ryle Heflin, Anne Chen, and Phoebe Brinker all more than capable to step into a bigger role.