Sports Outside the Beltway

Move over Michelle Wie Part VI

Meet Karen Kim

It is now easy to spot Korean family names like Kim, Lee, Park or Pak on the leaderboards of youth golf championships in the United States. Some second-generation Korean-Americans, such as Anthony Kim and Michelle Wie, grow up to become world-class golfers. kkim

Being touted as the “next Michelle Wie,” nine-year-old Korean-American Karen Kim is one of these promising players. Kim, a student at Lincoln Elementary School in Linwood, California, has already won over 70 titles, including the U.S. national championship for children in Arizona last December. In October 2008, she won the kids’ PGA Invitational and then the California Kids Golf Tour. She was voted golfer of the year by the CKG in 2008.

Kim started playing the golf at the age of five, taught by her father Casey Kim, a professional golfer. Her dream is to surpass Michelle Wie.-Chosunilbo

Over seventy wins, and she isn’t even ten years old. That’s very impressive. We’ll have to keep an eye on Karen. Will she get a contract with Nike? Cause some golf writers and LPGA players to act irrationally when they discuss you? Get disqualified for not signing a score card?

I think the chances are that Karen won’t cause that big a stir. Look at how Vicki Hurst has handled success on the golf course.(Vicki is half Korean for those who don’t know her and after Ji Yai Shin, is arguably the leading member of the 2009 LPGA Rookie class.

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