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Summer 2017

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P R O F I L E From Stanford to Symetra: NORCAL'S LAUREN KIM LOOKING TO ACE HER NEXT TEST The 22-year-old former Stanford star takes her immense talents on the road to the LPGA Tour BY JUDD SPICER F rom course to classroom, Lauren Kim excels at taking tests. After earning partial LPGA Tour status via the tour's third and final stage of Q-School in December, the Los Altos native and Stanford grad is seeking to make the grade in professional golf. Winner of the 2012 NCGA Junior Championship and the most valuable player of Stanford's first-ever women's NCAA title team in 2015, Kim's intellect has her ready for a pro touring life that currently consists of mainly Symetra Tour events as she swings to gain full LPGA playing status. "I remember the night before we won the national championship, our coach, Anne Walker, told us that we got into Stanford for a reason, that we were all great test takers, and that the next day was just another test," says Kim, who graduated from Stanford in 2016 with a 3.29 GPA. "And that has really stuck with me; course management takes a lot of thinking, being smart and having a strategy. Pressure on the course is no different from taking a test: You're answering one question at a time, just like you're playing one hole at a time. And the end goal is to get an 'A' on that test."

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