PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Following 36 holes of stroke play at the United States Golf Association (USGA) U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, Duke University freshman Gina Kim placed tied fifth overall and earned the No. 6 seed heading into match play at the Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Kim, a native of Chapel Hill, N.C., collected rounds of 68 and 71 for a three-under, 139. She was one of only 11 golfers who finished stroke play qualifying under par. In round one, Kim tallied four birdies including three in a span of four holes on No. 15-18 to finish with a 68. She registered four birdies again in round two on her way to finishing even for the day. Kim played the back nine holes at four-under-par over the two days.
Lucy Li earned medalist honors with an 11-under, 131, with rounds of 62 and 69.
In the first round of match play, the sixth-seeded Kim went up against 59th-seeded Sifan He and cruised to a 6&4 win. Kim shot two-under over 14 holes, including birdies on holes No. 1 and No. 3 to go 2-up early. With a par on No. 14, she closed out the match.
Kim will next face the winner of the Rachel Kuehn versus Calista Reyes at 12:06 p.m., Friday, July 20.