Bishops Gate Golf Academy student-athlete Annie Kim set her mind to playing collegiate golf and that’s just what she’ll do next fall when she joins the Vanderbilt University women’s golf team. Kim will sign her National Letter of Intent on November 8, 2017 at the BGGA signing ceremony.
Kim’s start in golf came about when she joined her dad on the driving range in South Korea. Someone saw talent in her and the rest is history.
“You cannot be perfect with golf,” said Kim about why she loves the game. “There’s always something to work on and improvise.”
Kim, a senior and in her second year at BGGA, chose Vanderbilt because of the location and said, “I would be able to practice year-round. I’m from Florida and don’t like really cold weather. The coach was very nice, and it seemed liked he could carry me to the next level.”
While preparing her game for college at BGGA, Kim learned about the college placement process. Kim added, “I learned to not be afraid of contacting college coaches. I had a chance to go visit Stanford, and I missed the chance to communicate with the coach. Don’t be afraid to respond to a coach.”
Kim credits the BGGA coaching team and facility as giving her a great opportunity to improve her game and commented that, “No one can deny that Bishops Gate has the best golf training facility in Florida.”
Student-athletes at BGGA have to learn how to handle the rigors of academics and athletics while living away from home. It’s a skill that will aid her when transitioning to college.
“College coaches tell you that you have to change your lifestyle and adapt to being a young adult,” said Kim. “When you move to college you have to have time management, but at BGGA you already do things yourself, so I already have those skills to carry to college. I’ll be well off.”
Kim has grown into a better golfer and person while at BGGA and will head off to Vanderbilt with the skills needed to achieve her dreams.