FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The fourth time was a charm for women’s golfer Alexa Kim who advanced out of stroke play at 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship held at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame starting June 21. Kim posted rounds of five-over par 77 and two-under par 70 to tie for 32nd overall at five-over par 147.
Kim’s two-under par 70 was one of 16 sub-par rounds posted in stroke play by the field of 155 players. She lost to Mercedes Germino of Argentina in the round of 64 four and three.
Kim, who will be a senior in 2010-11, was an All-Big Sky first-team selection last season. She saw action in all 11 tournaments, one of three players to see action in every tournament, while playing a team-best tying 29 rounds. She posted a 76.8 stroke average, the second-best mark on the team.
She had played in the three previous USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships with her father caddying, improving her stroke play finish each season but failing to advance to the match play. In 2009, she finished tied for 78th with rounds of 78 and 77 at Red Tail Golf Course in Devens, Mass. She finished tied for 88th after rounds of 83-83 in 2008 at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin Hills, Wisc., and 110th in 2007 at the Kearney Hills Golf Links in Lexington, Ky., with rounds of 82-77.
Players play 36 holes of stroke play to determine 64 qualifiers for match play. It is one of 10 Amateur Championships held by the United Golf Association. The 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links set for the Warren Course at Notre Dame was the first to be contested on a college/university golf course in the event's 34-year history.