Auston Kim - Women's Golf - Vanderbilt University Athletics

Auston Kim

Class Senior
Hometown St. Augustine, Fla.
High School Nease
Major Political Science

Student-Athlete Features — Auston Kim Undaunted — Vandy Trio Relishing Opportunity to Play as Team at NCAA Championships

As a Senior (2021-22)

  • Qualified to the 2022 U.S. Women’s Open after earning medalist honors at the U.S. Women’s Open qualifier (69-69 = 138, Shannopin Country Club, Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Participated in the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur
  • Named to ANNIKA Award Watch List
  • Top-five finishes in three out of four tournaments during the fall season
  • Matched a career-low and second lowest round in program history with a 65 during the first round at the Mason Rudolph Championships. The round also is the lowest first round score in program and tournament history.
  • Tied for 12th lowest 54-hole score in program history: Shot a season-high 208 (-8) at the Mason Rudolph Championship and FAU Paradise Invitational
  • Tied for 20th lowest 54-hole score in program history: Shot a 209 (-7) to tie for fourth at the Cougar Classic
  • Best SEC Championships finish with a tie for sixth and score of 216
  • Earned fifth top-10 finish on the season after posting a 211 (-5) to tie for fourth at the NCAA Franklin Regional, where she helped Vanderbilt win its first NCAA Regional title since 2019 and fourth in program history
  • Finished Vandy career tied for 75th after three rounds of stroke play at the NCAA Championships with a 228 (+12)
  • Season scoring average (30 rounds): 72.57 (best on the team)

As a Junior (2020-21)

  • One of 12 players to be invited to the 41st Curtis Cup
  • Became the first Commodore to participate in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2021, advancing to the final round and finishing tied for 25th overall
  • Named to ANNIKA Award Watch List
  • WGCA All-America Scholar
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • Spring 2021 Dean’s List
  • Fall 2020 Dean’s List
  • Earned exemption into 2020 U.S. Women’s Open where she shot a 149 over two rounds
  • Season scoring average (21 rounds): 73.86
  • Shot a 216 at the Gamecock Intercollegiate to finish tied for sixth
  • Finished eighth with a 215 (-1) at the FAU Paradise Invitational
  • Tied for 20th at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic

As a Sophomore (2019-20)

  • Golfweek Honorable Mention All-America
  • Second Team All-SEC
  • Invited to play in the 2020 Augusta National Women’s Amateur
  • Named to ANNIKA Award Watch List
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • A performance at the Cougar Classic included a pair of top-10 lowest round scores in program history — 65 in the first round (tied for second) and 66 in the third round (tied for eighth)
  • Posted the lowest 54-hole score in program history with a career-low 200 (-16) after winning medalist honors at the Cougar Classic
  • Season scoring average (18 rounds): 72.44
  • Tied for sixth at Windy City Collegiate Classic with a 213 (-3)
  • Tied for 10th at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in Hilton Head, South Carolina

As a Freshman (2018-19)

  • Golfweek Third Team All-America
  • WGCA Honorable Mention All-America
  • First Team All-SEC
  • SEC All-Freshman Team
  • Three-time SEC Freshman of the Week recipient
  • First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • Ranked 45th nationally
  • U.S. Women’s Open qualifier (70-72 = 142, OGA Golf Club, Oregon)
  • Fired a 70 (-1) in second round of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open
  • Advanced to match play at 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Tied for eighth lowest round in program history: Season-low rounds of 66 in the second round of both the Cougar Classic and UCF Challenge
  • Fifth lowest 54-hole score in program history: Shot a season-best 206 (-10) to tie for second at the UCF Challenge
  • Season scoring average (31 rounds): 72.55
  • Tied for 79th after three rounds of stroke play at NCAA Championships with a 236 (+17)
  • Won medalist honors at the NCAA Auburn Regional with a 210 (-6)
  • Tied for 16th with a 222 (+6) in stroke play at the SEC Championships
  • Second at Reynolds Lake Oconee Invitational
  • Finished tied for third at Cougar Classic with a 136 (-8)
  • After two rounds at the Clemson Invitational, finished tied for third with a 137 (-7)
  • In a two-round tournament, tied for seventh at Mason Rudolph Championships with 141 (+1)

The Kim File

  • Graduated Spring 2022 with an undergraduate degree in Political Science
  • 43 in the 2017 AJGA’s ranking rankings
  • Parents are Christopher and Piljo Kim
  • Has older sister, August, who was medalist of 2016 Big Ten Conference Championships and plays on LPGA Symetra Tour
  • Led Nease to a fifth-place finish at 2018 Florida state tournament • Regional medalist as senior
  • Advanced to 2017 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships after winning medalist honors at Georgia qualifier
  • Advanced to 2017 Junior PGA Championships