Tuesday

Christina Kim "Swinging from my Heels" in New York


What can I say about Christina Kim that hasn't already been said?

The effervescent adjectives apply: bubbly, spirited, ebullient, exuberant... Christina is all of that, and she definitely brings energy... major energy... where ever she goes. Last night in Manhattan was no exception.

The event was the New York City launch party for her audacious new book, "Swinging from my Heels". ~ It took place at the iconic Chelsea Piers Golf Club on the Hudson River... and the glamorous Ms. Kim effectively lit-up the Ryder Cup Room where guests convened for cocktails. The reserve that sometimes prevails at golf media gatherings was no where to be found as Christina filled the place with her raucous (in a good way) laughter.

She was there with, Alan Shipnuck who collaborated with her on the book. ~ The affable Mr. Shipnuck, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and a columnist at GOLF.com, is the author of two other golf books. ~ He's got impressive Alvaro Quiros eyebrows and appears to be about eighteen.

Charming, droll, and the perfect yin to his co-author's yang, it's funny to imagine them working together.

But they did, and in Swinging from my Heels they've produced a book that's disarmingly honest and ultra-engaging. Cristina has a rare kind of fearlessness that has allowed her to present both the joys and the frustrations of life on the LPGA tour without censoring the messy parts. ~ And there are a few of those.

She doesn't hold back on controversial "topics du jour" nor does she sanitize the salacious bits... but yet you never get that TMI feeling. She shares without over-sharing. Meanwhile her partner has crafted the multi-layered account into prose that perfectly reflects the golfer's personality, so much so that he reportedly told his wife that in a past life he, "...must have been a young, cool, female, Asian golfer."

The pair clearly has fun... and enjoys working together, and it was awesome to be able to help them celebrate the launch of their new book last night. As I got ready to head back to my sleepy Connecticut suburb, I caught a glimpse of Christina, in her beautiful, body-hugging cocktail dress and fierce six inch heels, setting up her swing and taking dead aim at the Hudson River.



The photo series above is from the video Ashley Mayo made last night.