Know Your Graduate: Chan Kim

Fri 01 Feb 2013

Know Your Graduate: Chan Kim

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February 1: To kick off our Know Your Graduate series for the brand new season, we speak to Korean-American Chan Kim, who came out tops among the record 761 entries received at last month’s Asian Tour Qualifying School. Chan provides us with an insight into how he started playing golf, his inspirations and his desire to play on the Asian Tour.
You came from Arizona, United States. What made you want to travel all the way across the globe, just to play on the Asian Tour?
Although I live in the States, a lot of people are talking about the Asian Tour. It’s a growing Tour and I’ve heard of its good reputation. There are a lot of great benefits of being a member on the Asian Tour. David Lipsky is a good friend of mine and seeing how well he has done on the Tour has made me want to come and play here as well.
When did you start playing golf and what sparked your interest?
I started playing golf at the age of 12. My best friend and my dad were the ones who got me into the game.
What made you decide to turn professional?
I had a good amateur season in 2010 and I was playing really well. I thought to myself then that perhaps it’s time for me to turn professional.
What would you be if you were not a professional golfer?
I majored in finance so I guess I would probably start my own golf business if I’m not a professional golfer.
How long did it take you to reach single handicap?
It took me two years to reach single handicap from the time I started playing golf.
What are your goals in golf?
I hope to win, at least once, in each of the Majors.
What keeps you on top of your game?
I will drink lots of water to help me stay hydrated and focused. I also like to eat something at the turn to keep me fuelled up.
What do you think will be the toughest part of being a rookie on the Asian Tour?
I think the toughest part of being a rookie on the Asian Tour would be getting to know the players and adjusting to playing in front of huge crowds in big tournaments on the Asian Tour.
When you are not playing golf, what will you be doing?
I like to travel and go around town to explore the different cultures and lifestyles.
How do you prepare before a round?
I usually get to the golf course one and a half hour earlier. I would putt for 30 minutes, hit balls for 30 minutes and chip for another 15 minutes. That’s my usual routine before a round.
Who is your inspiration? Are there any mentors or role models whom you look up to and have been giving you valuable advice?
My parents are definitely my biggest inspirations.
Name your dream four-ball.
Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and myself.
What is your number one distraction on the golf course?
I think it would have to be being followed by someone I know. It distracts me somehow.
How would you celebrate if you win a tournament?
I would give my parents a hug each and throw a golf ball into the crowd!
About Chan Kim
Country: United States of America
Date of Birth: March 24, 1990
Residence: Gilbert, Arizona, USA
Family: Single
Turned Pro: 2010
Professional Wins: 2011 Gateway Pro Tour Event at Vista Verde
Amateur Wins: 2007 Hawaii State Amateur Stroke Play
2008 Arizona Amateur Stroke Play
2008 Pacific Coast Amateur
2010 Arizona Amateur Stroke Play
Career Highlights: Albatross at Grayhawk Golf Club (18th hole)
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