Grace Kim – file photo WPGA

Sydney’s Grace Kim has made a strong claim for LPGA Tour honours in 2023, the 21 year old winning an event on the Epson Tour this morning, the feeder tour to the LPGA Tour.

Kim pockets US$30,000 for her victory in her first season as a professional, winning the event in Longwood in Florida by five shots over fellow Australian Sarah Jane Smith and Korean, Hyo Joo Jang, with yet another Australian Robyn Choi in 4th place.

Kim turned professional late last year and attended the LPGA Tour school where she missed out on an LPGA Tour status but gained access to this tour where the goal is to finish inside the top ten at season’s end and earn playing rights to the LPGA Tour the following year.

The Epson Tour season consists of 24 events and has in the past been a breeding ground for many of the female game’s best players including the likes of Lorena Ochoa, Inbee Park and Nelly Korda.