Kaufman Earns LPGA Membership, Exemption Into U.S. Open

Texas Tech alumnae finished third on the Symetra Tour money list after six top-20 finishes in 2020


LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech alumnae Kim Kaufman was awarded LPGA Tour membership and a spot in the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open after finishing third on the Symetra Tour money list over the course of the 2020 season.

Kaufman hauled in $44,459 to finish third on the Road to the LPGA money list as she missed only two cuts in 10 start and totaled six top-20 performances, including her third Symetra Tour title at the Four Winds Invitational in September. The strong season pushed Kaufman back to the LPGA Tour where she has played primarily the past seven years.

“Spending seven years on the LPGA Tour, this season has been a tremendous learning experience, and I couldn’t be more grateful,” Kaufman said in a Symetra Tour release. “I was able to travel the country extensively with my husband (and caddie) Johan [Wolkesson], gained an even stronger appreciation for the game, developed new friendships and worked my game back to form.”

Kaufman was one of five players to earn LPGA Tour membership as well as an exemption into the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open, which will be played Dec. 10-13 at the Champions Golf Club in Houston. Kaufman has recorded four previous appearances at the U.S. Women’s Open as she’s made two cuts after finishing tied for 35th in 2015 and then 32nd in 2016.

“I am greatly looking forward to competing in the U.S. Women’s Open in my (now) home state of Texas in December,” said Kaufman, who now resides in Benbrook in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “It will be good to be home.”

Since joining the LPGA Tour in 2014, Kaufman has made 157 career starts with 12 top-10 results and a career-best finish of tied for second at the 2015 Blue Bay LPGA. At only the age of 29, Kaufman is quickly approaching $1.5 million in career earnings, easily placing her among the top professional players in program history.

Kaufman, originally from Clark, South Dakota, remains one of the top golfers in Tech history as she concluded her tenure in 2013 with a 74.0 career stroke average that was, at the time, the lowest in program history. She is the only player in school history to garner All-America status twice in a career as she was an honorable mention selection as a junior in 2012 and then a second-team honoree by Golfweek in 2013.


Release provided by Texas Tech Athletics

Matt Dowdy

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