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Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:25 pm, Thu Dec 30, 2010.

Kent Chase just keeps producing winners.

Chances are the talents of Kimberly Kim would have eventually led her to the LPGA, but ever since the 19-year-old phenom started working with Chase at the Wild Hose Pass in Chandler she has made steady improvements.

Kim, who moved to Arizona from Hawaii about five years ago specifically for golf, shot two-under par 70 in the final round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament on Dec. 12.

In spite of the cold and windy weather conditions at the Champions and Legends Course in Daytona, Fla., Kim's final round moved her from 37th to 14th place, earning her an LPGA Tour Card to become one of the youngest players on the Tour when the season starts in January.

"Being well aware that only the top 20 players make it on tour, Kimberly knew what she needed to do in the final round and pulled it off," Chase said in a press release. "It's been very rewarding for me to watch her continued success."

Kim has trained with Chase (PGA Class A) for the past four years, most recently at the Whirlwind Golf Course at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler.

Chase intends to spend a lot of time with Kim, known for her win at the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the tournament at age 14, over the next several months in preparation for the tour.

Chase has been teaching for nearly 30 years but seeing success from one of this pupils never gets old

"I love working with junior golfers, helping them achieve their goals whether that be to obtain a college scholarship or qualify for a tour," said Chase, who has been a local Ahwatukee Foothills resident for 20 years, and during his career has earned the titles of Southwest PGA Teacher of the Year 2008, US Kids Top 50 Teachers 2003-2009 and First Master Teacher of junior golf as recognized by US Kids Golf.

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