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Freshman Golfer Stephanie Kim Breaks School Record; Tied for First at Cowgirl

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Freshman Stephanie Kim broke the Northern Arizona single-round record with a four-under par 68 and is tied for the lead after two rounds of the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic at Ocotillo Golf Course.

Kim carded the 68 in the opening round and followed with a two-over par 74 in the second round. The Phoenix Desert Vista High School product is tied for Lauren Howell from Montana at two-under par 142 heading into the third and final round.

“I was not expecting the school record,” said Kim. “I tried to play the round one shot at a time and I felt ready for the round going into it.”

Kim’s round included five birdies, three bogeys and an eagle. She holed out on the fifth hole from 110 yards with a pitching wedge for the eagle.

She broke the previous record of 69 posted four times. Lauren Gray set the record in 2001 at Ram Fall Invitational and former Lumberjack Sophia Choi tied the record at the 2008 NCAA West Regional. Junior Bethany Leclair also tied the record at this event last season and junior Alexa Kim tied is a fourth time this fall at the Grand Canyon Invitational.

NAU is fourth overall in the 23-team field, trailing Texas El Paso, Nevada and Portland State. The Lumberjacks shot round of 301 and 302.

Junior Alexa Kim and senior Megan Buck are tied for 17th at 152. Alexa Kim posted rounds of 78 and 74, while Buck carded rounds of 75 and 77. Junior Bethany Leclair is tied for 43rd with scores of 80 and 77.

Three players are competing as individuals, including Aleah Kim (79-80), Lauren Halstead (80-80) and senior Meghan Bremer (80-83). Senior Dakin Banta struggled Monday with rounds of 82 and 87 and stands tied for 104th.

The third and final round will be contested on Tuesday.

 

Wyoming Cowgirl Classic

Ocotillo Golf Course

Chandler, Ariz.

 

Team Results

1. Texas El Paso 299-295 594 +18

2. Nevada 304-294 598 +22

3. Portland State 295-304 599 +23

4. Northern Arizona 301-302 603 +27

5. Colorado State 294-312 606 +30

6. Idaho 297-311 608 +32

7. Montana  307-302 609 +33

8. Xavier 300-314 614 +38

9. UC-Riverside 306-319 625 +49

9. Gonzaga 312 313 625 +49

11. McNeese State 314-320 634 +58

12. South Dakota State 315-320 635 +59

12. Wyoming 312-323 635 +59

12. Old Dominion 325-310 635 +59

15. Northern Colorado 317-321 638 +62

16. Southern Utah 324-317 641 +65

16. Utah Valley 311-330 641 +65

18. Montana State 318-330 648 +72

19. Weber State 322-330 652 +76

20. Seattle 333-322 655 +79

21. Eastern Washington 325-333 658 +82

22. Portland 333-331 664 +88

23. Idaho State 362-338 700 +124

 

Individual Results (Top 10)

1. Lauren Howell, Montana 73-69 142 -2

1. Stephanie Kim, NAU 68-74 142 -2

3. Britney Yada, PSU 72-73 145 +1

3. Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho 70-75 145 +1

5. Louise Yi, Nevada 74-72 146 +2

6. Teresa Nogues, UTEP 72-75 147 +3

7. Stephanie Johns, PSU 74-74 148 +4

7. Brianna Espinoza, CSU 73-75 148 +4

9. Lauren Hernandez, Nevada 75-74 149 +5

10. Rosana Gomez, UTEP 77-73 150 +6

10. Eugenia Guerra, Nevada 77-73 150 +6

10. Kasey Claussen, CCSU 73-77 150 +6

10. Deborah Martinez, UTEP 81-69 150 +6

 

Other NAU Results

T17. Alexa Kim 78-74 152 +8

T17. Megan Buck 75-77 152 +8

T43. Bethany Leclair 80-77 157 +13

T53. *Aleah Kim 79-80 159 +15

T60. *Lauren Halstead 80-80 160 +16

T72. *Meghan Bremer 80-83 163 +19

T104. Dakin Banta 82-87 169 +25

 

* individual

DID YOU KNOW…The Lumberjacks had 11 of the 15 intercollegiate teams record a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher led by women’s soccer at 3.42. Women’s basketball was close behind at 3.39, followed by women’s cross country (3.35), women’s golf (3.29), swimming and diving (3.25) volleyball (3.22) and men’s cross country (3.19).