CHARLESTON, S.C. – Duke University rising sophomore Gina Kim continued her solid play Friday at the U.S. Women’s Open as she carded a one-over-par, 72, and currently sits tied for third overall along with Blue Devil graduate Celine Boutier with a four-under-par ledger.
Due to afternoon thunderstorms, play was halted for an hour and 58 minutes before play resumed at 6:45 p.m. At 8:24 p.m., action was called due to darkness and the second round will resume at 7:15 a.m., Saturday.
First round leader Mamiko Higa signed for an even par 72 and remains the leader through 36 holes, but Boutier and other golfers have holes remaining to finish on Saturday before starting the third round. Boutier, a 2016 Duke graduate, is at even par on her second round through 14 holes as she has birdied two out of her last three holes.
With the approximate cutline looking like it will be +3, at this time five Blue Devils are expected to make the cut. Yu Liu is tied for ninth at two-under-par, while Lindy Duncan and Brittany Lang are tied for 53rd with a three-over ledger. Liu, Duncan and Lang have completed 36 holes.
Both incoming freshman Megan Furtney (+6) and Leona Maguire (+9) will miss the cut.
Kim, a native of Chapel Hill, N.C., started the day one stroke off the lead. She opened with bogeys at No. 1 and No. 4, but got back on track with birdies at No. 13 and No. 15, and despite a closing bogey, she sits just two strokes off the lead.
“I try not to have any expectations for myself and I think that really helps in terms of me just trying to have fun but also knowing that I have to compete out here as well,” said Kim, whose first-round 66 is the lowest round ever by an amateur at the U.S. Women’s Open. “I just think kind of being confident in what I'm doing and constantly just keeping the same routine and committing to it and just enjoy the experience while walking, I think that's really helped me a lot so far.”
Her 36-hole score is tied for the second-lowest ledger by an amateur in championship history, just behind Grace Park’s 137 in 1999.
Duke has a history of amateur golfers making runs at the U.S. Women’s Open as Lang was runner-up in 2005 and Jenny Chuasiriporn was lost in a playoff in 1999.