2008 champion Kim vying for Stroke Play title
Former Arizona Stroke Play Champion Chan Kim, of Gilbert, will be among 144 players vying for the Arizona Golf Association’s second major of the year to be played at TPC Scottsdale-Champions Course April 15 – 18. Following play on Friday, the field will be cut to the low 60 and ties.
Joining Kim will be Ken Kellaney, of Phoenix, a 10-time AGA Player of the Year and four-time champion, who is No. 2 in the AGA Performance Points, along with Steve Dallas of Mesa, the 2007 and 2006 Senior Player of the Year and Patrick Geare of Tucson, the 2009 Master’s Player of the Year who are ranked fourth and fifth respectively. Also returning to action is the 2008 AGA Player of the Year, Paul Welle of Scottsdale, who returned home to Minnesota last year, is now back in Arizona and will be competing.
Defending champion Andrew Yun, a graduate of Hamilton High School, who now plays on the Men’s Golf Team at Stanford is not playing.
“I’m really excited to play,” Kim said. “I was hoping to defend my title last year, but college golf didn’t allow me to play. This year, I’m really looking forward to it.”
Last summer Chan Kim won one of the most prestigious amateur events on the west coast, the 43rd Pacific Coast Amateur, which took place at The Gallery Golf Club, in Marana.
“Winning the Pacific Coast Amateur was a big confidence booster” he said. “My game during the first half of the summer was not all that great. I worked hard, got more confidence and I knew I would play well but did not expecting a win at 17-under.”
He has been working with new swing coach Jeff Fisher from Long Bow Golf Club trying to fine tune his game. With a couple of recent practice rounds on the Champions Course, he is looking forward to playing and the week.
“I love the course, it suits my eye and I feel comfortable there,” Kim said. “The course is in great shape. It’s a really good championship course and I am glad I will be able to play there again.”
About the AGA: Established in 1923, the Arizona Golf Association is a volunteer-based organization with over 400 member clubs and 65,000 members. The mission of the AGA is to foster the enhancement and expansion of the game of golf by leading in the development of member and information services, the promotion of opportunities for all who want to play, and the protection of the game’s integrity and valued traditions. More information is available by calling 602.944.3035 or in state toll free at 800. 458.8484 or online at www.azgolf.org.
About TPC Scottsdale – Champions Course: The Champions course has already been recognized as one of greater Phoenix’s most outstanding facilities and has received national recognition as well becoming one of the Top 30 municipal facilites in the United States to play recognized by Golfweek Magazine. It has also been the host for PGA TOUR Qualify schools and most notably was the site for the final stage of the Champions Tour Qualifying school in November of 2009.
The course is solid test of golf with rolling fairways that are contoured to give some noticeable elevation changes as well as greens compounds that require imagination around the putting surfaces. Conditions are maintained seasonally with overseeded turf in the cool seasons and a lush growth of bermuda grass in the summer months. Four sets of tees will give any player the opportunity to test their skills no matter what their handicap. More information is available by calling 480.585.4334 or toll free at 888.400.4001 or online at www.tpc.com/scottsdale.