My name is Kim Kaufman and I grew up in Clark, South Dakota. I graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Political Science in May 2013.  Upon graduation, I earned an A-5 exemption to play the remaining 10 events on the LPGA Symetra Tour (futures tour).  After finishing 12 on the Symetra Tour money list for 2013, I went to the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School and earned conditional status under Category 17 for the 2014 LPGA season.  After 2 LPGA events, including a 4th place finish at the North Texas Shootout in Dallas, I reshuffled into category 1 about a third of the way through the season and played the remainder of 2014 on the LPGA tour. 2016 will now be my fourth season on tour and I continue to write this blog in hopes of letting the world have a glimpse into what it really means to be a professional athlete. From the good times to the bad, I will try and be as relevant, honest, and down to earth as I can.  Whether you are a golfer or not, I hope you will join me on my journey.

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  1. Good luck Kimmy, I bug your dad all the time to find out how it is going but he always has a smile on his face so I can tell he is very proud of you and likes me to bug him. take care and travel safe in your bid you always wanted the LPGA..Your clark neighbor Dala

    • Wish you have a very prosperous career in golfing as with your personal life. I sense that you will.
      I attended SDSU and UT Austin in the 70’s and have enjoyed seeing good golfers from SD.

  2. How exciting for you after such a good round in Texas! This South Dakotan will be watching and cheering you on! Barb B.

  3. No matter where you place on the leader board you’re always at the top of our list. So proud of you and your showing in Canada. We are always cheering you on. Hope to see you again when back home. Tracy n Nick.

  4. So glad I found your blog! We both started our golf blogs in May 2013, so happy that you’re having so much success, very inspiring to me. I hope to learn from you as I continue on my own golf journey to scratch. GL to you on the LPGA, I’ll certainly be following!

      • Thanks Kim! I’ll certainly have to take you up on that offer. I do have one question actually,when you get a chance, when you’re pitching into greens (80 yards and in) do you use the clock system for your wedges or do you more just go off feel? I’m struggling to stick my wedges close right now and judging distance and been wanted to start using the clock system…was wondering if you use it or would recommend it, thanks!

    • I have a half and a full shot for all my wedges. It is much simpler than having three or four shots per wedge, but the clock system works well too. Either way it should help you commit to your shot a little more than relying solely on feel.

  5. Followed you today Kim on the first 9 holes in Phoenix. Was our first LPGA we have seen we loved watching you!! Way to make SD proud!!! Good luck for a successful year!!
    Local fans from Miller, SD

  6. Hi Kim! I am friends with Dallas and Nancy! I follow you now also. Old, single digit handicap. Best of luck on tour.!!

  7. Hi Kim, I had a great day yesterday watching you play in the Pro Am, that shot you played into the par 3 with a howling cross wind I will remember forever. You hit 18 fairways and made 17 greens in regulation. In fact you putted for 14 birdies. I followed Greg Norman in Adelaide when he won the Australian open here, I put you right up there with him, thank you for playing in the Pro Am it has been the highlight of my wife’s 51 years of golf.
    Warm regards Rod (toni’s driver)

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