Sue Kim Wins On Symetra Tour; Canadians Dominate

Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. earned her 2nd Symetra Tour winner on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at Florida's Natural Charity Classic
Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. earned her 2nd Symetra Tour winner on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at Florida's Natural Charity Classic
Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. earned her 2nd Symetra Tour winner on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at Florida’s Natural Charity Classic. Photo: Symetra Tour

When she won for the 1st time on the Symetra Tour just two years ago it was an emotional victory for 24 year-old Sue Kim of Langley, British Columbia.  Not only was it a significant win but it happened to take place on Father’s Day.  Sadly, her dad Jong, who started her in the game at age 8, had been killed in a car accident in 2010. She thought about him a lot that day and dedicated her win to him.  Undoubtedly he would have been proud of how far his little golfer has come.

On Sunday she shared her second Symetra Tour victory with her mother alongside. Her rounds of 70-71-70 put her at -5 overall, enough to give her the win at Florida’s Natural Charity Classic in Lake Wales, Florida.  Her reward was (USD) $18,750 and the #1 spot on the Tour’s Volvik USA Race to the LPGA.

“It feels great,” said Kim. “I’ve had some great finishes at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic and it feels great to finally win it.” The 2014 LPGA TOUR member added, “Words can’t describe how important a win is out here. This is definitely a confidence booster and let’s me know that I can go back out on LPGA and compete. This win definitely gives me a good mindset to go back out there.”

Kim, a member of the Golf Canada Young Pro Team, is a former 2 -time winner on the Canadian Women’s Tour.  She won both events in 2008, including the Ontario event held at the Camelot Golf & Country Club near Ottawa.

Two young ladies from near that city finished just behind Kim.  Sisters Brooke and Brittany Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario shared second place.  It the best finish ever for each on this tour where Brittany is a member and Brooke was playing on a sponsor’s exemption this week.  They each earned (USD) $10,038.

“It’s a really good feeling,” Brooke said. “It would’ve been better to be one and two but Sue had a great week and I’m happy for her.”

“It’s awesome,” Brittany added. “That’s kind of what you want during the week. It turned out pretty well. I think we both wanted to play a little bit better today but it’s awesome to be right there neck-and-neck.”

Brittany is now fifth on the Volvik Race for the Card money list at $11,497.

As a non-member Brooke Henderson’s winning do now count anywhere but in her bank account.  She is, however, able to accept as many sponsor’s exemptions as she gets on the Symetra Tour to help fill out her schedule.

The top 10 players on the money list at the end of the year will earn LPGA Tour cards for 2016.

The pair are headed back to Canada shortly for a media conference to promote their June 15th pro-Am event at Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club.  It will be held Thursday, April 2nd.

Canadian flags dominated the board in Florida as Toronto’s Brogan McKinnon finished in 5th place.

In total nine Canadians finished in the top 30.

Other Canadians Who Made Cut –

Samantha Richdale (t-23)

Maude-Aimee Leblanc (t-23)

Augusta James (t-30)

Jessica Wallace (t-30)

Sara-Maude Juneau (t-30)

Jennifer Kirby (t-47)

Nicole Zhang (t-47)