WD

Good Sunday morning, everyone! It has been a while since I can say I’m writing from home, but here I am. If you follow me on social media you will know that you won’t be seeing my name in China this week. I made an emergency trip home last week to see my doctor and eventually found out that I have probably been playing the last three weeks with Mono. It was awful to have to WD from China, but also a relief to have some answers. I am getting lots and lots of rest and hoping to be able to tee it up in Florida for the CME tour Championship next week.

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*Lydia Ko and I at the Marathon Classic in Toledo.

While my health was up and down for the past three weeks I was happy that I managed to play 4 rounds each week. However, my focus was generally on how I felt and not how I played which is what forced me to change my plans and come home during my off week. I realized that for three weeks I was fighting the urge to rest, thinking it was jet lag, when in reality thats what I needed most. Nonetheless, I had some good rounds and decent finishes and was able to move up the money list slightly. My hope is that I can play next week and still be able to sneak into Thailand and Singapore next February.

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*Round 1 of the Sime Darby LPGA in Malaysia. 

With a lot of free time on my hands here at home, I was looking back at my blog posts and realized I have been writing this blog for nearly 4 and a half years. It has been fun to share all the new experiences as a rookie on both the Symetra tour and the LPGA tour, but the past couple years I feel as if I repeat myself and my stories. Its a constant cycle of good golf and bad golf and at times feel I write only because I need to write. So, I have been thinking a lot about this and I believe I will take next year off. I am not saying I will never write again, but all good things must come to an end (or at least take a break!). If you have Instagram or Twitter I will always continue to post information there and try to be even more active on those platforms. My blog will also remain live and serve as an avenue to contact me. 🙂

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*Pro Am party in Korea with a great group of friends! 

Right now, I just need prayers for a speedy recovery so I can tee it up in the year’s final event. Thank you to all that have read my blog from the very first post and have shared all the ups and downs. I hope I will feel motivated to come back in time, but until then I will see you on social media @KimKaufmanGolf.

 

*Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101 in Taiwan with our host Peiyun Chien!

Thank you all for all the support!
KK

 

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Dubai

Hello, everyone! I can’t believe how long it has been since my last post. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun. I have played several events and have been enjoying a vacation in Dubai this week en route to Korea tomorrow. I can’t even tell you how many weeks since I’ve been home.. 7 maybe?

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*When your host family has two kids its always going to be a good week! 🙂

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*Enjoyed dinner and a “beavertail” in downtown Ottawa with a great group of friends. 🙂

Let’s start with the fun stuff this time. I have been to many places over the years playing golf, but never to the Middle East. I decided to change that and came to Dubai for 10 days of golf and fun before hitting the Asian stretch next week. It is a common place for Europeans to vacation, but I know for Americans it sounds like Mars. I have to admit I was slightly skeptical, but after 10 days I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting an out of the ordinary vacation with some larger than life attractions. My only reservation this week was the heat. The heat was astonishing and theres something about being in the middle of the desert that made the sun SO strong. I thought it would be dry heat the whole week as well, but in fact it can get quite humid. Next time I venture this way I will make sure I’m about two months later into the winter.

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*You can’t go to Dubai without hitching a ride on a camel. 

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*The 125th floor of the Burj Khalifa. Hard to comprehend its twice as tall as the Empire State building. Amazing engineering feat! 

What is great about Dubai is not only is there great golf (we spent the week playing and practicing at the Els Club) but there are so many cool things to go see. The Dubai Mall (world’s largest), with an indoor ski slope (world’s only?) the Burj Khalifa skyscraper (world’s tallest), desert safaris, Old Dubai, great beaches, the list goes on. As you might have picked up, there’s a theme here of building things that are the greatest, biggest, tallest, or “only” in the world. It makes for a one of a kind city.

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*Absolutely love when old friends come out to events.  Thanks to the Brown boys for making Portland so much fun, and bringing a much needed solid finish!

I will leave here on a red eye tonight and play 4 out of 5 events in Asia. I am 4th alternate for Japan, there’s a slim chance I could sneak into that event, and if so, I will play. I have played 4 events since my last post and I can say I really like where my game is right now. We played well in Portland, and kept it going in Indy. The iWit Championship was a new event played at the Brickyard Crossings at the Indianapolis 500 Speedway. If there are any race fans out there you either have been and know the course I’m talking about, or else you need to go! It was a cool experience and a great addition to the LPGA schedule.

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*Speaking of old friends, seeing one of my former teammates from Tech made my day! Thank you to all my Indy fans for coming out.  I will see you next year! 🙂

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*Couldn’t think of a better place to throw a pro-am party. iWit did it right!

I will try and write again mid-Asia swing, but you can always follow along on the LPGA website or the app. As always, no more cuts to be made, only limited field events from here to the end of the season. 🙂

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*Meeting up with two great friends from Florida in France just shows its a very small world. Thank you Ferdi and Andrea for making your way to Evian to see us. We are lucky girls!

Wish me luck for a great final 5 events!

KK

The Open Road

Hello, everyone! I hope everyone’s week has started off well. My Monday has consisted of a 4:30 am alarm, a 5 hour flight + a 1 hour flight, watching my suitcase tumble down a flight of stairs into a lawn sprinkler, and finally a few hours at a coffee shop in Portland doing a little planning and relaxing. Much needed!

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*Stellar practice round group if I may say so myself.

I know it’s been a few weeks since I wrote about my best week of the year in Toledo. Since then I have been on the open road, as in the Scottish, British, and Canadian Opens. I enjoyed my time in Scotland very much actually, even though the golf was a bit dreary. We played the British Open one town away from St. Andrews so for the first time in my life I got to go to St. Andrews, the home of golf. It’s a tough place to describe, but when I turned the corner and saw people coming up the 18th with a perfect sunset in the background I was quite speechless. I could have stood there all day. It was an incredibly special place. I may not have played like I wanted, but I know that memory will stay with me for a long time.

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*No caption needed!

I almost always write about something I have “learned” so of course I learned something this time, too. 🙂 Perhaps one of my most valuable lessons that has taken me three years and unfortunately the “hard way” to learn. I believe there are two theories to scheduling on tour:

1) You take weeks off so you can play better in the weeks you do play (quality over quantity)

2) You earn weeks off.

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*The Old Course

I have always been in the latter camp. If I play well early in the year, I’ll afford myself an extra week off in the long summer stretch. Unfortunately, the past two years I didn’t feel that I had played well enough so I played intense summer stretches (8 in a row this year!). So, here I am at the British Open, my 8th week in a row, and standing somewhere on the back nine on Thursday I think I put myself in the “quality over quantity” camp for the rest of my career. I had always thought that if I could physically do it (no injuries from playing too much) then I could play as many as I wanted. I never to much stock in the fact that I would be mentally and emotionally checked out after 8 events. After all, I played 8 events and made 4 cuts, why not play 6 events and maybe make 6 cuts! My pledge for next year: more weeks off, even if I don’t feel I “earned” them.

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*We are ready for footballs season 😉

I will play Portland this week, Indianapolis next week, followed by our 5th and final major in France. Only three events left before the Asian swing, thats hard to believe. I think I am posting more pictures than text, which I know will make many of you happy. 😉

Enjoy your week!
KK

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*When there are stairs in the bunker its never a good sign. 

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*Cold and rainy, but quite beautiful, Scotland.

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*On our way to the Isle of Bute off the west coast of Scotland. 

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*Getting to see Elin on my off weeks always makes them better!! Go watch her play in Sioux Falls this week! 

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*This kid knows how to make some money in Scotland.

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*Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute. Home of the royal family of Scotland (at least that is what I gathered from our tour. ha!)

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*Mount Stuart. 

Holy Toledo

Good morning from Scotland! I’m writing this early in the morning from apartment in Troon and I have to say it looks pretty nice out! I am keeping my hopes high that the weather cooperates for the Scottish Open this week.

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*Practice round vibes at the US Open with Elin Arvidsson, our caddies, and Coach Todd Kolb!

If you follow my season at all you will probably know that I had my best finish last week at the Marathon Classic. What you won’t know is that instead of celebrating I went from the 18th green to my car, drove 4.5 hours to Chicago, jumped on a 7 hour flight to London, then a short flight to Edinburg, and finally a 1.5 hour drive to my home for the week courtesy of Angela Stanford and was sleeping by 11 last night!  Why I was up at 4:45 this morning, nobody knows.

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*KPMG Women’s Championship 

I have had a good bit of time while traveling to reflect on these past 24 hours and could really sum them up as a tale of two tournaments! So, this morning I thought I would fill you in on how I feel I went from one of my worst performances to one of my best of the year in just 5 days.

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*Audrey and I hosted the LPGA player/caddie bowling tournament for the second year in a row. Caddie Missy is working on being a bowling model some day soon.  

The US Open is a tournament I have faired quite well in the past two years. I went into this year’s event with especially good vibes since I played the US Girls’ Junior on this course when I was 17. If you don’t recall, both the Boys’ s and Girl’s Junior Championships were played at Trump National Bedminster that year. The Boy’s was won by some kid named Jordan Speith and the Girl’s by some girl from North Dakota named Amy Anderson. Strange how I can remember both of those winners so well. 😉

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*Hot and humid in New Jersey, but when your best friend makes the US Open its all smiles here! 🙂

All in all I will probably look back and see the US Open as a turning point in my season. It was far from what I hoped for and no matter how hard I played out there my game just wasn’t in shape for that test of golf. I went to practice at the course both Saturday and Sunday (which is one of the hardest things to do when you have missed a cut), and grinded on the range while everyone else was warming up to play. I worked on some new drills from my coach and was instantly seeing some better results.  I knew I had a ways to go but 5 days of practice before my next tee time was enough time to figure it out.

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*A bug’s view of me during the Thornberry Creek Classic where I finished T36.

I left New Jersey on Sunday afternoon and drove to Akron, Ohio to play the Smucker’s LPGA pro am at Firestone.  I wouldn’t normally schedule a pro am the day after the US Open in the middle of an 8 week stretch, but you also don’t get the chance to play Firestone every day! It proved to be a good decision as I had a beautiful day to play and an even better group to enjoy it with.

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*A great group of guys at Firestone to help me forget about my week at the US Open. 🙂

I arrived in Toledo Tuesday morning and got to work. I felt if I had two good days of practice along with my good memories at this event then I could pull together a good week.  Apparently, my Thursday round wasn’t feeling my good vibes. I walked off the course and asked Audrey what in the world we were doing out there.  Like a veteran caddie should, she told me I was fine, that we needed to stop worrying about the outcomes we can’t control, and that our goal the next three days was to stay present in the shot at hand. I needed that reminder, and it made me feel better. I reset my mind for the next three days and did just that. I did a much better job of having confidence in the swing work I had done the past 5 days but left it on the range, and instead focused on the mental side that I could control on the course by using some of the Vision54 tools I had at my disposal.

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*Lots of young girls and boys are always helping out at the Marathon Classic, pretty sure I got two of the best to carry my score on Friday!

I would shoot 67 on Friday to make the cut by a shot, and follow it up with a 66 and 65 on the weekend. Everything wasn’t perfect but I stayed true to my goal of staying in the present and leaving technical thoughts on the range.  It allowed me to get in the zone and feel that I could make a birdie on every hole like I had in past years at this course. It’s safe to say I love playing in Toledo and will be back next year for more. 🙂

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*10:30 pm in Scotland last night. Beautiful place. 

I will play the Scottish Open this week and the British Open at Kingsbarns next week before coming home for some MUCH needed rest. Thank you all for the kind messages of support this week. It is ALWAYS appreciated!

 

KK

The Learning Curve.

Good Monday morning and Happy 4th of July, everyone! The 4th was probably one of my favorite holidays as a kid and now I seem to barely notice when it passes. Living on the road has a way of making you lose track of time. However, this year I will be spending the fourth at Lambeau Field in Green Bay (wearing purple and yellow of course) celebrating a new event we are playing in Green Bay this week. I’m betting I will get to see a few fireworks in Wisconsin this year. 🙂

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*My fan club for the Meijer Classic in Grand Rapids.  I finished the week T17! 

This is the start of my 4th week in a row out of 8! My body feels good and I’m still excited to get up and head to work in the morning. I’ve been disciplined in taking an extra day off here and there or just shortening my practice days slightly. Otherwise, I know my last few weeks will not be very productive.

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*I have to post a pic with my Arkansas pro-am group, Beto made a Hole-in-One from 186 yards!! The BEST shot I have ever witnessed in a pro- am! :))

We played our second major of the year, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, at Olympia Fields Country Club in Chicago last week. If you would have asked me before the week started if I would be happy finishing T29 I wouldn’t have hesitated to say “yes.” I had not made the cut at the KPMG in the past two years and have struggled in major championships in general. However, when you’re in the top 10 or so heading into Sunday, T29 seems like a pretty great failure. If I would have written this blog last night on my drive up to Green Bay it would probably have had a sour tone and keys would have been flying. 😉 However, after a good night sleep, a morning facial and a latte, I can think more positively and objectively and tell you just a few of the many great things I feel I learned from this week.

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*An off day spent catching up at a trendy coffee shop in Bentonville, AK is the best kind of off day! 

1)I don’t need my best game to play my best. I can promise you, I did not have my best game Thursday and Friday (or Saturday and Sunday!). I was holding on for dear life trying to control my driver and my irons were a nonstop battle to find the middle of the clubface. My 3 wood didn’t even get to leave the bag. I know you think I’m being overdramatic, but honestly, my short game and scrambling held everything together. I made 3 pars from outside 60 yards on Thursday alone and didn’t let it phase me. Looking back I wonder how I made it to the weekend let alone at three under par at Olympia Fields! It is a great reminder that you don’t need your best game to play your best, you just need to know that there are other parts of your game that can pick up the slack. If we would focus more on the good instead of the bad going into each round we might see the round tilt towards the positive instead of the negative.

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*It’s going to be a good week when you show up twinning on a Tuesday with your caddie. 

2) Stick to your own game plan. My caddie, Audrey, happened to be watching a Golf Channel special on Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus at the British Open at Turnberry. She told me that Tom said “you don’t need to play your best to win a major you just need a good game plan.” We took that into the week and really stuck to our plan. Over 4 days I played with 3 girls that are top 5 in LPGA tour driving distance. So while they are bombing over some bunkers, here comes Kim with her hybrid to lay up and keep it in the fairway. It was tempting to pull out the driver to try and keep up, but we were disciplined to stick to OUR plan and I think it paid off.

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*The team getting after it on a Wednesday practice round. Nobody ever tells me when its black and white day. 

3) Golf tournaments are 72 holes. I know I have touched on this before but I can’t stress enough that golf tournaments are 72 holes. Not 18, not 36, not 54, not 71. They are 72 holes. They don’t give out trophies on Friday for a reason. It’s so easy to get excited and think “this is my week!” when its only half over. I once listened to Annika speak of her first US Open win. She said she was walking down the fairway in the middle of her Sunday round thinking “do I hold the trophy on my left side or my right side?” She laughed at the thought because she knew how young and naive the thought was because the tournament wasn’t over yet. It is easy for me to do do the same and I know its especially easy for my fans to as well. I just urge you to remember that golf is 72 holes and a lot of good or not so good can happen at any time. 🙂 My goal is to really take this in as to avoid the emotional roller coaster that comes with too much excitement early in the week.

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*A big thanks to my Dad for making the 11 hour drive from Clark and Johan all the way from Texas to be my fan club. 🙂

I am more than ready to tee it up in Green Bay this week. It is a brand new event with a new course and new city. I love playing in the midwest during the summer, it sure reminds me of home. 🙂

Enjoy the 4th of July and be safe!

KK

3 for 3

Hello, everybody! I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday evening. I am in Atlantic City enjoying a nice dinner and getting ready to head home for a week off. The tour is headed to Canada, but I will be busy with a clinic, practicing with Todd, and a relaxing weekend at Sutton Bay.

Today completed a three week stretch for me where I saw the weekend every time. While I am still pretty frustrated with parts of my game, I’ve seen some improvement in different areas and am doing a better job of simply getting the ball in the hole.

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*Final shot into the 18th at the Kingsmill Championship

This stretch started in Kingsmill where I saw my ball striking finally make a turn for the better. I actually felt like I was holding a golf club and not a hockey stick like I had the previous few weeks. I finished in the mid 30’s and was happy to make a check.

I drove 10 hours with a tour friend up to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Volvik Championship and I think I saw it all this week. I had some good holes, some bad holes, and way to many bogeys from the middle of the fairway. 😦 However, Ann Arbor is an awesome town to spend a week and regardless of my play I enjoyed the week very much. Every time I go my “must go restaurants” list gets even longer. There really aren’t enough meals in a day.

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*Caroline and I found two of the cutest hole volunteers in Ann Arbor! 

Finally, we come to Atlantic City! Always my favorite stop on tour. I’m just in love with playing this golf course. The poa greens were better than ever and we had some chamber of commerce weather the whole week. I was also paired with one of my absolute favorite playing partners, Pernilla Lindberg. I remember playing with Pernilla early in my career and thinking if I could have just half of the fight she has for every shot that I would have a great career. Having the opportunity to play with her is always a good reminder of that and I felt I found that fight in myself again today. It wasn’t the lowest round of the day, or even best round of the year for me, but I fought hard for every shot and climbed the leaderboard a few spots.

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*Good times tearing up the pro-am party with the Austad’s crew.  I hope they let them back in again next year. 😉 

I’ll go home this week and keep working on the parts of my game that are letting me down and decide on the rest of my summer schedule. Theres a balance between playing enough events to make a good living and taking off weeks in order to play “your best” when you are playing. I lean towards playing EVERYTHING but I know that in the end, it may not be in my best interest. I need to find the balance where I always have quality play over quantity.

20170604_141402*A couple good fans that always drive from Lancaster, PA to watch me play this week.  I have such great fans no matter where I play! 🙂

Have a great week and I’ll be back in action after this week in Grand Rapids for the Meijer Classic!

Best,

KK

Onwards, Upwards

Hello, everyone. I apologize for the delay in writing a new blog, I know this is long overdue. I’m in Indiana tonight for an outing tomorrow and thought it was time to put some words to paper. It has been a long and trying stretch for a few weeks now but I feel things are making a turn for the better (or at least I hope 😉

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*Hawaii’s cutest fans. I think they brought me my Sunday 66. 🙂

I remember writing a blog in August last year in the midst of what felt like the worst stretch ever. I was missing cuts by one shot in big events and felt that I was never going to find my way out. I was beginning to feel that way when I couldn’t find the driving range in Mexico. And no, it wasn’t the margaritas. Honestly, I was quite thankful it was a match play event and I was able to spare myself the humility of posting a score.

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*My fellow Sanford Health and Dakota girl Amy Anderson. Proud to represent both!
So, I come home from Mexico Thursday night after I played (the benefit of living in DFW) and I didn’t know where to even start. Sometimes you feel you work SO hard day in and day out and the game keeps giving you nothing. I took Friday off, cleaned the apartment top to bottom which serves as a strange sort of “lets start over” therapy, and hit the range on Saturday with a clear task from my coach to help get my swing back on track.

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*Team Kaufman working hard in Dallas. Apparently Todd said to keep your head down.

I spent a lot of hours on the “little nine” at Shady Oaks this week and slowly but surely I found the center of the club face again. I will be the guest at the Deaconess Golf Classic in Evansville, Indiana tomorrow and then fly to Williamsburg, VA on Tuesday for the Kingsmill Championship. The LPGA tour begins a 12 week stretch tomorrow, of which I will play either 10 or 11. THIS is when the season really gets going and I can say I’m ready to get after it.

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*A few of my absolute favorite people on tour in Dallas for the Angela Stanford Foundation Pro-am. 

I saw Ian Poulter finished 2nd at the Players Championship today. Whether you are a fan or not, to watch a Ryder Cup-er go from the top of the game, to nearly losing his card (saved by Brian Gay!) to finishing second in today’s event gives hope to anyone going thru a tough time. He is the definition of persistence and determination. As a player, I know how hard it is, and I commend him for his efforts and congratulate him for his accomplishment. Stories like that give hope and a reminder to any player going thru a tough stretch that a second place finish may be right around the corner.

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*Sometimes you just need to relax and have a facial. #thingsyoudon’tseeonthePGAtour

I appreciate everyone’s support no matter how I play, but hope to give you something to cheer for in the coming weeks!

Best,
KK