Copyright USGA/John Mummert
BANDON, Ore. – Northern Arizona women's golfer Stephanie Kim was eliminated on the 19th hole against Ket Preamchuen of Kennesaw, Ga., in the match play round of 64 at the Women's Amateur Public Links Wednesday afternoon.
Kim, who will be a junior for the Lumberjacks in the fall, took the initial lead on the second hole and never trailed until the 15th hole. She led by as many as two holes and held a lead for five holes during the match.
Trailing by one with three holes left, the Tempe, Ariz., native tied the match on the 16th hole but fell back again on the 17th with a bogey. Needing to win the hole to extend the match, Kim rallied with a birdie on the 18th to tie the match for 11th time in the round.
The excitement was short lived. Preamchuen then pared the first playoff hole to win the match after Kim took a 5 on the par-4 1st hole, advancing to the round of 32 to be played on Thursday.
Kim had advanced out of stroke play by carding back-to-back rounds of 78, posting a two-day total of 156 to tie for 42nd overall.
Kim, who played in the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur last summer, was playing in her first Public Links event. 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.
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.