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BARRINGTON, R.I. – Junior Stephanie Kim shot 71-76 to tie for 55th in stroke play rounds and advance to match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship held at Rhode Island Country Club. Kim will play on Wednesday in the match play first round of 64.
"It feels good," said Kim following the round. "I really wanted to make the cut. I had a solid round yesterday but it was harder out there today. I was not driving well or hitting the fairways today. I did not hit the greens as well today and it is really important to his the greens on this course."
Kim shot a five-over par 76 on Tuesday but advanced on the strength of her even par 71 in the first round that included two bogeys and two birdies.
"I played the last 11 holes two-under par yesterday after bogeying two holes early," said Kim. "So I felt good about that and was happy with my round."
The Tempe, Ariz., native has had a successful summer on the amateur golf circuit, playing in two USGA events and advancing to match play in all three national events. Most recently, she shot 70-71 to finish at three-under par and a tie for second in the stroke play portion of the 81st Women's TRANS National Amateur Championship in Sheridan, Wyo. She then beat Katie Michunovich of Montana State in the first round of match play before losing to Alex Stewart in the second round.
Kim advanced to the U.S. Women's Amateur by winning the qualifier at Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch last month. It is her second USGA Championship event of the summer and second straight U.S. Women's Amateur.
Kim, who is from Tempe, Ariz., and played at Desert Vista High School, won the local sectional for the second straight year, carding a one-under par 70 to outlast the 28-player field by two strokes.
She also advanced to the match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links at Bandon Dunes, Ore., earlier this summer before falling on the 19th hole of her match. She was eliminated against Ket Preamchuen of Kennesaw, Ga., after carding back-to-back rounds of 78, posting a two-day total of 156 to tie for 42nd overall.
Kim was chosen the Big Sky Player of the Year for the second consecutive season in 2011, earning All-Big Sky first team honors. She broke her own school record for scoring average at 75.3 per round, recording six top 10 finishes and nine top 20 finishes.
Kim's USGA Championship History
2011 U.S. Women's Amateur, Rhode Island Country Club, Barrington, Rhode Island, 71-76, T55th
2011 U.S Women's Amateur Public Links, Bandon Dunes GC, Bandon Dunes, Ore., Lost in Round of 64, T33rd, 78-78, T42nd
2011 U.S Women's Amateur Public Links Qualifying, Trilogy GC at Power Ranch, Gilbert, Ariz., 73, 3rd
2010 U.S. Women's Amateur, Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte, N.C., 84-82, T151st
2010 U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifying, Desert Forest Golf Club, Carefree, Ariz., 78, T1st
2010 U.S. Women's Public Links Qualifying, DNA
Date Network Match-Play Round Time (EDT)
Aug. 10, Golf Channel First Round 3-5 p.m.
Aug. 11, Golf Channel Third Round 3-5 p.m.
Aug. 12, Golf Channel Quarterfinals 3-5 p.m.
Aug. 13, Golf Channel Semifinals 3-5 p.m.
Aug. 14, Golf Channel Championship 3-5 p.m.