VANCOUVER, B.C. – Behind a tournament-best 13 birdies over 36 holes, Duke University women’s golf freshman Gina Kim is tied for first overall with a seven-under-par, 135, at the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, which is being played at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Kim is tied first at seven-under along with Yealimi Noh and Dylan Kim with 36 holes remaining.
“I thought it was a fairly solid round," said Kim. "My shots were really consistent, and I managed to play all the smart shots today and the putts were dropping. I’d say overall I was pretty happy with what I came out with. This course is narrow and tricky in its own way. Considering yesterday went pretty well I thought why not just continue to go with what I’ve been doing, and I think it worked out again today and I think I’m going to keep going with that for the rest of the week."
Featuring an afternoon tee time Monday, Kim opened action on hole No. 10 and after a par on her first hole she reeled off three straight birdies on holes 11 through 13 to get to three-under. Kim, who hails from Chapel Hill, N.C., added another birdie on No. 15 to get to four-under. She suffered her first bogey on No. 16 and made the turn with a three-under, 32.
Kim opened her final nine with back-to-back birdies on No. 1 and No. 2, before registering four consecutive pars. She added a bogey on No. 7, birdie on No. 8 and a bogey on No. 9 to finish with a four-under, 67, in the first round.
In Tuesday’s second round, Kim teed off on No. 1 in the morning and notched four pars to open the first four holes. She connected on a birdie on No. 5, bogey on No. 6 and then totaled back-to-back birdies on No. 7 and No. 8 to get to seven-under-par for the tournament. Kim made the turn at one-under, 34, on the front nine.
Kim had a bogey on No. 10 and then registered three straight birdies for the second consecutive day on holes 11, 12 and 13. She held the individual lead at 8-under-par for the next three holes, before suffering a bogey on No. 17 on her way to finishing the day with a 68 and a seven-under overall score.
Over the 36 holes, Kim played the par fives at six-under-par and par fours at one-under.
The winner of the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship will earn an exemption into the CP Women's Open from Aug. 20-26 at the Wascana Country Club in Regina, Sask.
Designed in 1922 by the late Arthur Vernon Macan, Marine Drive has been home to many champions. The 6,300 yard, par 71 course is known for its difficulty and has continued to provide an exceptional test of golf.