DURHAM, N.C. – Playing in a stacked field of LPGA golfers Monday, Duke University incoming freshman Gina Kim turned in rounds of 67 and 71 to qualify for the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open that will be played at Shoal Creek Golf Course in Shoal Creek, Ala., from May 31 through June 3.
Kim, who hails from Chapel Hill, N.C., registered a five-under-par round of 67 early Monday with three birdies on the front nine and three on the back. In the second round in the afternoon, Kim was two-under-par through 11 holes as she rolled in birdies on No. 6 and No. 11. She closed the day with seven pars and a bogey on No. 14 to finish with a 71. Kim was six-under-par with a 138 to finish tied third and earn one of four qualifying selections.
Also earning qualifying spots in Manakin-Sabot, Va., at the Hermitage Country Club were Paula Reto (-10, 134), Xiyu Lin (-7, 137) and Julieta Granada (-6, 138). Kim was the only amateur to advance.
Duke alumna Lindy Duncan turned in rounds of 70 and 67 for a five-under, 139, and is the first alternate. Other former Blue Devil golfers Yu Liu (-4, 140) and Celine Boutier (-2, 142) just missed the cut.
Former Duke two-time All-America Brittany Lang won the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open at CoredValle in San Martin, Calif.