Former Sun Devil Golfer Jimin Kang Named FUTURES Tour Player of the Year

Sept. 7, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - Former Arizona State women's golfer Jimin Kang has been named the FUTURES Tour Player of the Year and has earned her 2005 LPGA Tour card.Kang finished first on the FUTURES Tour money list this year with $51,268 in earnings and was $5,732 ahead of second-ranked Lindsey Wright on the list.Kang finished the 2004 FUTURES Tour season with wins at Tampa Bay's Next Generation FUTURES Golf Classic and the Betty Puskar FUTURES Golf Classic. Kang, who lives in Scottsdale, also posted eight top-10 finishes, that included two runner-up showings and one third-place finish in 18 tournaments.'I'm ready to move on,' Kang said in the in the FUTURES Tour news release. 'But I just can't believe the summer is over.'Kang finished the 2004 FUTURES Tour season first in sub-par rounds with 24 and carded a 71.625 scoring average. She also finished in the top three for sub-par holes (169), par-5 average(4.79), greens in regulation (75 percent) and birdies (167).'I want to be No. 1, and if it's meant to happen, it will,' Kang said after the first round of the season's final FUTURES tournament. 'I'm going to do like I've done all year and just go out there and play my own golf game.'Kang first came on to the golf scene in 1999 as the runner-up at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. She won the 1999 Washington Women's Amateur and the 2001 Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur Championship at the Indian Summer Golf Course in Olympia, Wash. In 2002, she won her first professional event, capturing the M&T Bank Loretto FUTURES Golf Classic in Syracuse, N.Y.Kang, who is originally from Seoul, Korea, came to Arizona State in the fall of 2000 and played for the Sun Devils for two seasons. As a freshman in 2000-01, she had five top-10 finishes and a 74.09 stroke average and earned honorable-mention All-America honors. The following year, Kang earned first-team All-America honors in a season that included seven top-10 finishes. The 2002 Pac-10 individual champion, Kang also led the Sun Devils and ranked fourth in the nation with a 72.13 stroke average.Release written by Chad Potter, ASU Media Relations Student Assistant

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