In-Kyung Kim of South Korea has been named the 2010 Ryder Cup Wales Rookie of the Year as the leading first year member of the Ladies European Tour.
The 22-year-old from Seoul, who won the 2009 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters when playing on an invitation, joined the LET after her victory 12 months ago.
She has since won €193,154.69 from four LET events finishing fourth on the 2010 Henderson Money List overall.
She tied for second at the AIB Ladies Irish Open, shared third at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, was equal sixth at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters and tied for 43rd at the Evian Masters presented by Societe Generale.
Kim is also a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour where this year she donated her entire $220,000 first-place prize cheque from the Lorena Ochoa Invitational to charity. Half went to the Lorena Ochoa Foundation and the other half to an American charity to be named later.
Kim said: “I'm really excited to win the Rookie of the Year, because I've tried on the LPGA Tour once a couple of years ago, and I'm not really rookie, but it's really… there's only one chance you get, all your career, and then I won here, so it's kind of like, lucky me!
“It’s always great to be end of the season in the OMEGA Dubai Ladies Masters. It's kind of lucky for me. Last year I won this and even though I had some off weeks, I had momentum going into the next year into this year. So hopefully next year, I guess rest and then I really look forward to 2011. You know, it's been a great year for me overall.” She said she now hopes to win her first major championship.
“Win a Major, that would be ‑‑ it's always been my kind of top of the list, win a Major, but mostly I'm happy with my life and hopefully I learned something on the way towards the Majors and then if I went ‑‑ I mean, you know, that would be great.”
Rob Holt, Chief Executive of Ryder Cup Wales, said: “Congratulations to In-Kyung Kim who has had an incredible maiden season and joins an illustrious list of previous winners of the award including Melissa Reid and Anna Nordqvist. The Wales Ladies Championship of Europe has been held annually since 2001, with the latest renewal hosted at Conwy Golf Club and sponsored by S4C.
The event is probably the biggest female sports event in Wales and we are proud of our association with it and our sponsorship of the Rookie of the Year award which fits perfectly with our continued ambitions to develop young Welsh golfing talent. In that context I’d also like to congratulate Welsh golfer Rhian Wyn Thomas on her rookie year and wish all players the best for 2011.”