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Birdie Kim Birthday

Birdie Kim was born on this day in 1981, in South Korea. Her career highlight is winning the 2005 US Women's Open at Cherry Hills Country Club. In the last round, she was tied for the lead on the 18th hole. Her second shot found a green-side bunker. She holed out from the bunker to take the lead and ultimately won by two strokes.


Kim won the 1998–99 Korea Junior Championship. She turned professional in November 2000 and joined the Futures Tour, which is the second-tier women's golf tour in the United States, in 2001. Her rookie season on the main LPGA Tour was 2004, and was not successful as she only made three cuts in 20 events, but she retained her tour card by finishing tied 12th at the Qualifying School. She did somewhat better in early 2005, and picked up her first top ten finish that May, but her victory at the US Women's Open was totally unexpected.

She changed her first name to Birdie in 2004, in an effort to distinguish herself from the numerous other Korean golfers named Kim in the women's golf world in the minds of non-Koreans. Six different Kims, including Birdie, currently play on the LPGA Tour.

Kim recently married fellow pro golfer Bae Kyu Lee in December 2007. In 2005, she earned a total of $715,006 and came in 13th for LPGA season money position.

A 2009 car accident halted Kim's career and she had trouble making cuts on the LPGA. In 2012, she played in the Symetra Tour, finishing second on the money list.

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Catriona Matthew Birthday

Catriona Matthew MBE was born on this day in 1969. A Scottish professional golfer who plays mainly on the US-based LPGA Tour and is also a member of the Ladies European Tour.


Catriona Lambert was born in Edinburgh, and grew up in North Berwick. She learned to play golf on the Children's Course and North Berwick West Links in the town. She had a successful junior and amateur career, becoming Scottish Girls champion in 1986 and Scottish Under-21 Stroke Play champion in 1988 and 1989. She captured the Scottish Amateur title in 1991, 1993 and 1994, and the British Amateur title in 1993. She is also a two time winner of the St Rule Trophy played at St. Andrews. She was a member of the 1990, 1992 and 1994 Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup teams. She graduated from the University of Stirling in 1992 having studied accountancy, this being one of a few British universities offering golf scholarships.

Matthew qualified for the LPGA Tour by tying for fifth at the 1994 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 1995 season. She soon established herself on the Tour, and her best seasons were 2001 and 2005, when she finished tenth on the money list.

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Rich Beem Birthday

Richard Michael Beem was born on this day in 1970. He is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Beem was born in Phoenix, Arizona, grew up in El Paso, Texas, and played college golf at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

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Brittany Lang Birthday

Brittany Lang was born on this day in 1985. An American professional golfer currently playing on the LPGA Tour.


After two years of college golf at Duke, Lang turned professional in July 2005, shortly after her T2 finish at the US Women's Open. She received sponsor's exemptions in 2005 to the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic (T36), State Farm Classic, and Canadian Women's Open (T6). She was the medalist in the first stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in September, then finished T22 at the final stage in December to earn full playing privileges for the 2006 season.

Lang recorded six top-ten finishes both in 2006 and 2008; by the end of 2008, her third season on the LPGA Tour, her career earnings exceeded $1 million.

Lang's first professional win came in June 2012 at the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Canada, where she triumphed in a four-player playoff. It was the first-ever victory in an LPGA event by a former Duke Blue Devil, and Lang's 154th event on tour.

Lang has five top ten finishes in major championships: four as a professional and one as an amateur. Her best finish is a solo second at the 2011 Women's British Open at Carnoustie.

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