BOISE -- Ever since wrapping up his collegiate career at Boise State two months ago, golfer T.K. Kim has been focused on moving on to the next stage of his career.
Following a stellar summer on the links, it's clear, he is well on his way.
"I want to become a professional," Kim said. "My dad always told me practice makes perfect."
Kim said he spends approximately eight hours a day practicing and takes any where from 600 to 800 swings a day. It is a process he goes through to help prepare for any and every shot he could be faced with on the course.
"I put in a lot of work, so I expect to win every time," Kim said with confidence. "I like to hit a bunch of different shots with the same club - low fade, high fade - when I feel comfortable doing that, that's when I know (I can complete)."
Kim has certainly seen that hard work pay off this summer. After winning the U.S. Open Local Qualifier in May, he was victories at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Qualifier in June before winning the U.S. Amateur qualifier by seven strokes just last week.
But now he has his sights set on a stage much bigger than one he has seen here in Idaho.
"I've played really well on the local scene, but I'm ready to play well at the national level."
He will soon get that opportunity. As a result of his most resent performance, he will play at the U.S. Amateur Championship in Brookline, Mass., August 12-18.
"It's the biggest tournament as an amateur," Kim said. "It would be a huge confidence booster. You get into the Masters and U.S. Open (in 2014) if you win."
"I've got nothing to lose," Kim replay when I asked if he feels the pressure to perform. "I'm going to go out there swinging and see what happens."