Photo by Steven Gibbons, USGA
BANDON, Ore. – Northern Arizona women's golfer Stephanie Kim advanced out of stroke play, qualifying into the first round of match play at the U.S Women's Amateur Public Links. Teammate Kaitlen Parsons finished in a tie for 63rd and was eliminated in a playoff among nine players for the final two spots.
Kim shot back-to-back rounds of 78, posting a two-day total of 156 to tie for 42nd overall in stroke play. She played on the Bandon Trails course on Tuesday at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, carding a seven-over par 78.
Parsons recorded an 85 in the first round on the Old Macdonald course, rebounding with a three-over par 74 Tuesday to finish at 159 over the Bandon Trails layout. Only 18 players carded lower scores in the second round. She was among nine players tied for 63rd and played in a playoff for one of the final two spots. She was eliminated in the playoff.
The Lumberjacks were among the 155 players in the field. Cheyenne Woods led the stroke play with a one-under score of 141.
Kim will play in the round of 64 against Ket Preamchuen of Kennesaw, Ga., in a match teeing off at 1:10 p.m.
Kim, who played in the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur last summer, is playing in her first Public Links. She recently completed her sophomore season, earning All-Big Sky first-team selection and Big Sky Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. The former Desert Vista High School standout broke own school record for scoring average with 75.3 per round average in 2010-11.
Kim is also playing in the Women's Trans National July 26-31 in Sheridan, Wyo.
Parsons, who is from Greenacres, Wash., posted a 77.1 stroke average, the fourth-best total on the team, in her freshman season. She was the top freshman at the Big Sky Conference Championships, tying for ninth at 226 with rounds of 75-75-76. She had season-best finish at the Circling Raven Collegiate in first college tournament, tying for second overall with rounds of 71-75-73.
The U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links is one of 13 championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.