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Kim Lewellen

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Kim Lewellen

"Big Break V" contestant Kim Lewellen

Photo courtesy of The Golf Channel; used with permission

Personal:


Age: 34
Residence: Wake Forest, N.C.
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Occupation: Golf Touring Professional
Marital Status/Children: Married/2
Hobbies: Running, reading, golf
Kim Lewellen Pictures

On the Course:


Home Golf Course: Wake Forest Golf & Country Club
Collegiate Golf Experience: University of North Carolina
Strongest Part of Game: Consistency in all aspects of the game
Favorite Club: 60-degree wedge

More About Kim Lewellan:

It was bribery that got an 11-year-old Kim to the golf course for the first time. Her father's promises of hot dogs and other treats held her interest until she could really appreciate the game. Then at age 14, she fell in love with the game and swung a club every day since.

Although Kim won the North Carolina State girls championship in consecutive years, she played in relatively few national junior tournaments. While in high school, she earned All-Conference honors while playing on the boys team and was recruited by many colleges far and wide. She decided to stay close and attend the University of North Carolina. Kim later discovered that her protective and proud father was hiding many of her recruitment letters because he wanted to keep her close and have the chance to attend all her college tournaments.

She loved the entire college experience and performed well in golf, earning Division I All-American honors. After graduation, she entered the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament with no success. She tried the Ladies European Tour version of Q-School and played well enough to be low American. Her husband took some time off from his studies to be an Episcopal minister to caddy for Kim while she played on the European Tour with the likes of Laura Davies, Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam. But she did not enjoy their same success.

When the Lewellens returned to the U.S., she played the Futures Tour and won in her first year. Yet another relocation found the couple in Charleston, S.C., where Kim took a job coaching the men's and women's golf teams at The Citadel. Being a mom and coaching was fulfilling enough, but she missed the competition. She found herself hitting balls in her backyard when her two children napped.

A chance to compete on The Big Break V got Kim's competitive juices flowing again. She says if Fred Couples and Vijay Singh can rejuvenate their careers, why can't she?

Source: The Golf Channel; used with permission

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