CHARLESTON, S.C. – Duke women’s golf made waves in the opening round of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open led by Blue Devil rising sophomore Gina Kim with the lowest round by an amateur in the history of the tournament.
Kim, a native of Chapel Hill, N.C., posted six birdies and an eagle on her way to firing a five-under-par, 66, at the Country Club of Charleston. Coming off helping lead Duke to the NCAA Championship a week ago, Kim is only one shot off the leader, Mamiko Higa, who turned in a six-under-par, 65.
After blasting out from a greenside bunker for birdie at No. 17, Kim holed out from the fairway at No. 8 from 140 yards for eagle. She then closed with a birdie on No. 9, to finish off a final nine holes that included four birdies and an eagle.
“It feels amazing,” commented Kim. “This is something I dreamed of as a little girl. So being able to finish out strong like that really shows me that I'm ready to be here and I'm definitely ready to do whatever I can to keep myself in it.”
Overall, Duke featured three golfers in the top seven of the leaderboard as 2015 graduate Celine Boutier is fourth with a four-under, 67, and 2014 All-America Yu Liu is tied for seventh with a two-under, 69.
Lindy Duncan is tied for 43rd with a one-over, 72, while incoming freshman Megan Furtney is tied for 68th with a two-over, 73, Leona Maguire is tied for 101st with a four-over, 75, and Brittany Lang is tied for 117th with a five-over, 76.
Fans can follow the action Friday from 2:30-7:30 p.m. on FS1. Both Saturday and Sunday, the action will be aired on Fox from 2-7 p.m. More coverage will be available online at USGA.org as well.
Kim will have a quick turnaround as she will tee off Friday in the second round beginning at 9:01 a.m.