This season the Women’s All Pro Tour (WAPT) tournament has been awarding spots into a corresponding Epson Tour event for the top two finishers. Additionally, the top five players on the season’s WAPT Player of the Year program will receive exemptions into Stage II of LPGA Q-School. Amanda Kim (O’Fallon, Missouri) finished second at the Hot Springs Championship at Hot Springs CC Park after a two-hole playoff with Alison Muirhead and earned exemption into this week’s Epson Classic.
“The fact the tour added more exemptions this year is great. I think it’s going to help the next generation,” said Kim. “It will also inspire more players and people to see that we have awesome talent coming from WAPT or other mini tours. We hope to use these opportunities to get onto the Epson Tour and then become strong enough players to play on the LPGA Tour.”
Kim is in her third year as a professional after competing at the University of Missouri-Columbia. This week she will make her second appearance on the Epson Tour, her first came last season at the Founders Tribute at Longbow.
“It’s been a bit wet this week during the practice rounds, but the weather looks good for the tournament, so I am looking forward to the warmer weather,” said Kim. “My practice so far this week has been good, and the course has been in great shape regardless of the weather. There are some tricky greens out there so I will have more approach shots I need to focus on.”