Army freshman excels in competition after training at IJGA

Army freshman, Peter Kim, of Metuchen, N.J., visited IJGA to train with Director of Instruction, Kevin Smeltz, before beginning the end of his collegiate season. Under Smeltz’s instruction, Kim used the technology in the Performance Center to analyze his game and focus on improving his weaknesses. Shortly after training at IJGA’s facilities, Kim won the Patriot League Championship, held April 26-27, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. He shot a 1-under par 209 during the two-day event which ties for the second-lowest final score in the history of the  Patriot League Championship. Kim was the only player to finish under par at the completion of the tournament.

Peter Kim wins!

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After the tournament, Army head coach, Brian Watts was proud of Kim’s performance.

” We’ve always known that Peter and a few other guys have the potential to go low. Yesterday was a great time to post a low number and give himself a little edge going into today. It was nice to see him be able to stay focused… He works extremely hard and had to overcome a lot of adversity this past year,” said Watts.

After his impressive performance at the championship, Kim was titled Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for the week of April 29, 2014. He was also awarded Patriot League Most Outstanding Golfer and Most Outstanding Rookie awards. He is the first player to earn both awards simultaneously since the inception of the rookie award in 2005.

With the momentum of his championship title and awards, and Smeltz’s training in mind, Kim competed in the NCAA Regionals May 15-17, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. The competition was a new challenge for Kim who faced the toughest competitors in the San Antonio region. Kim finished his first round tied for third in the individual competition and tied for 24th against all 75 competitors. His first two rounds were strong and consistent, scoring 73-72 respectively. Starting on the back nine, Kim was one back after a birdie on hole No. 2, but followed with a bogey on No. 3. He hit three consecutive pars but finished the competition with a bogey on the ninth hole.

Despite the disappointing ending, Kim’s performance this season was a great beginning to his collegiate career. IJGA looks forward to following him next season with more IJGA training under his belt to continue to break records during his 2014-2015 season.

Featured image courtesy of Army Athletic’s Facebook 

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