PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – After an impressive run at the United States Golf Association (USGA) U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, Duke University rookie Gina Kim saw her play come to an end in the semifinals as she dropped a 3&2 decision to Yealimi Noh at the Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Kim had only trailed briefly in four match play contests leading up to Saturday’s action against Noh. A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Kim dropped the first hole as Noh rolled in a birdie and she could never get back on top. Noh would go ahead 2-up on three different occasions over the next seven holes, but Kim would come back to cut the deficit to 1-up. After cutting the lead to 1-up with a birdie on No. 12, Kim lost No. 13 and couldn’t regroup. After a bogey by Kim on No. 16, Noh won 3&2.
The run by Kim was the best of her career as she dropped final 16 decisions in 2015 and 2016 at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. Kim had earned the No. 6 seed after 36 holes of stroke play, and won four match play contests prior to falling Saturday.