The roster for the greatest prize in Australian women’s amateur golf is complete with Sydney's Grace Kim sealing the second Karrie Webb scholarship for 2019.
After Gold Coaster Becky Kay was confirmed as the first recipient after leading at the end of the Karrie Webb Series last week, Kim has formally been chosen as the second, primarily because of her position as the leading Australian in the world amateur rankings at yesterday’s deadline.
Both young women were formally chosen not only for their golf, but also their off-course work and standing within the amateur golf community.
It is the second successive year that Kim and Kay will benefit from the scholarship, the primary part of which this year is the chance to spend a week with Webb at the third women's major of 2019, the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Minnesota in June.
The two recipients each earn scholarships to the value of $10,000 to be spent on international travel and playing experiences over the northern summer with mentoring support from Webb during the year.
Webb, speaking from the ANA Inspiration in California, said she had paid close attention to the domestic series all year, but also the exploits of all the young Aussie women around the world.
“It’s been another very competitive KW Series again this year,” Webb said.
“It was very close and came down to the last event at the Bowra and O’Dea championship in WA.
“There were a lot of different winners throughout the series which was great to see.
“There were a couple of new faces on the scene who gave it a good run, but ultimately it came down to experience.
“I’m excited to have Becky Kay and Grace Kim as the winners of the KW Series again this year.
“Third time’s the charm for Becky, who is the first to ever be a scholarship recipient three times.
“It’s also great to have Grace back again this year for the second time. I’m looking forward to having both girls join me at the KPMG in June.”
Just as Kay was last week, Kim was absolutely thrilled to earn the chance to spend more time with her hero.
“I learnt so much from spending time with Karrie last year and I absolutely cannot wait to have that experience again,” Kim beamed.
“The things I learnt from being around Karrie have already been so valuable to me, things like using practice rounds better and just working more on my short game.
“She was fantastic to us both and I’m sure it’s going to be awesome again. I can’t wait.”
This is the 12th year of Webb’s amazing commitment to the future of Australian women’s golf, but the first in the new format.
Previously the top two players – who also met the off-course criteria – on the Karrie Webb Series were recipients. This year, though, the second berth was based primarily on WAGR status to ensure Aussies taking different paths to a potential professional career were under consideration.
Kim, a member at Avondale, enjoyed a tremendous season again, winning twice on the KW Series schedule at Federal and Dunes on her way to third place overall.
In addition, though, she was also victorious in the Youth Olympic Games, winning a gold medal in Argentina amid the world’s brightest young talent.