Sei Young's Goal: Get to Number One in 2021
Sei Young Kim's Goal is to be #1 in Rolex Rankings
Finishing first in the Rolex rankings is Sei Young Kim’s biggest goal of the year the South Korean LPGA pro told reporters Tuesday at a pre-tournament press conference for the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open.
Currently ranked third – behind only Jin Young Ko and In Bee Park – Kim is averaging just over eight points after 54 events.
This week Kim is hoping to build on the momentum from her strong finish in Hawaii. “I keep pushing myself,” she told reporters.
Kim finished 21 under par, after four rounds at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii late last week – tied for second behind only Lydia Ko.
Despite her strong finish it wasn’t all work while on the island. “Hawaii is my favorite location cause when you get there you can see the beautiful view and the ocean,” she said.
When not competing Kim was able to take a stroll near the water. “Walking near the ocean felt great,” she said.
She also got a chance to enjoy one of her favorite Hawaiian foods.
“I had an acacia bowl. It [was]…amazing.”
Later this year Kim will be representing South Korea in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. “It’s a good challenge for me because I played the last time,” she said.
Only in her second year in the LPGA at the time, Kim finished tied for 25th in the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016.
Kim said she hopes to play well during the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo. “To represent my country, to play the Olympics, is an honor,” she said.
Kim said she also hopes to be able to return to South Korea at the end of the year. “I miss it a lot,” she explained.
Kim’s father was able to come to the states last month to visit but her sister, brother and mother couldn’t she said.
As she prepared for the first round of the Hugel Open, Kim said she hoped to continue building on the momentum she started at last week’s Lotte Championship in Hawaii. “I finished strong last week. I will just try my best this week,” she said.
-By Shawn R. Dagle Women's Pro Golf Editor/Staff Reporter