MARANA, Ariz. - Rising Northern Arizona senior golfer Stephanie Kim won the Arizona Women's Golf Association (AWGA) State Amateur Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain Thursday with a 5 & 4 victory over Sun Park.
"Today was probably the best day I had all week," said Kim. "I played really solid, did not have any bogeys and was three-under par for the day."
Kim opened the championship match by chipping in on the first hole to take an early lead. After Park birdied No. 2, the two were all square for the next five holes before Kim won the eighth and ninth holes to take a 2 Up lead after nine holes. The Tempe, Ariz., native and Desert Vista High School product won three more holes on the back nine to clinch the match.
"It feels pretty amazing," said Kim. "Minus the USGA qualifiers that I have won, it is my first win since freshman year at conference. It has been a while. I have been waiting forever and I think the hard work is paying off."
Kim, who has been a two-time Big Sky Player of the Year and All-Big Sky first-team selection during her career, claimed medalist honors during stroke play on Monday with an even-par 72 to advance to the match play portion of the event. She won two matches on Tuesday and her semifinal on Wednesday to reach the final.
She is next scheduled to play in the USGA Women's Amateur qualifier on July 18.
Teammate Laura Jabczenski advanced to the championship of the Open Division 1st Flight before losing to Kelly Loeb 3 & 1 in the final. She defeated former Lumberjack Megan Bremer in 19 holes on Wednesday to reach the final.