2006 Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Inductee
After graduating from University High in Greeley, Kim Eaton spent four years at the University of New Mexico, whetting her appetite for a career on the LPGA Tour. A remarkably strong force in Colorado women's golf in the late '70s, Kim won the 1977 CWGA Junior Match Play title and the 1978 and 1979 CWGA Stroke Play Championships, and was a quarterfinalist in the 1978 Broadmoor Ladies' Invitational, medalist and quarterfinalist in the Pacific Northwest Championship and low sectional qualifier for the 1978 U.S. Amateur.
Kim turned professional in 1981, joined the LPGA Teaching Division and played the Futures Tour, winning the LPGA Western Sectional Teaching Division Championship in 1982. The next year, she qualified for the U.S. Women's Open in Tulsa, where she made the cut. She also qualified for the U.S. Women's Open as an amateur in 1981.
Kim served as a teaching professional and assistant pro at several spots before returning to Greeley in 1987 to become a police officer and regain her amateur golfing status. She was a police officer in the City of Evans from 1994 to 2007 and a very busy amateur golfer again, playing out of Greeley Country Club. In 1992, she collected a third CWGA Stroke Play championship.
Kim's impressive playing credentials are nearly endless, highlighted by victories in the 2004 CWGA Match Play and the 2004 CWGA Stroke Play, Colorado's two most prestigious amateur championships. Kim became one of eight women to have won both those titles in the same year, and the first since Wendy Werley in 1989. In addition, Kim was selected the 2004 CWGA Player of the Year and was nominated for the Sportswoman of Colorado golf award.
Kim retired from the police department in 2007 and started playing golf full-time. In the years 2007-2009, she qualified for the USGA Women's Mid-Am, making it to match play all three years. After turning 50 in August 2009, she added a CWGA Senior Stroke Play title, making her the first player to win junior, open and senior division CWGA championships. She also was the first ever to win both the CWGA Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year honors, in 2009. Kim made it to the quarterfinals of her first USGA Senior Women's Amateur, in 2009, and received her third Sportswomen award in golf, putting her in the Sportswomen of Colorado's Hall of Fame.
In 2010, Kim won her first national tournament, the senior division of the Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women's Amateur in Florida. She also claimed the senior division title in the CWGA Match Play.
As of the end of 2012, Eaton had won 19 CWGA championships, including 10 in individual events: four Stroke Plays, one Match Play, one Junior Match Play, three Senior Stroke Plays and one Senior Match Play. She claimed the 2012 CWGA Senior Stroke Play title by 16 shots.
Kim is a past executive director of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame.