Kim blows past leader for first major CGA title
Chapel Hill’s Gina Kim rallied to make up a four-stroke deficit to overtake first-round leader Reona Hirai of Summerville, S.C., to win the 47th Twin States Junior Girls Golf Championship on Wednesday at Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club.
Kim, a 13-year-old, posted a 4-under 68 on her way to a two-day total of 140 for the one-shot victory over Hirai, who struggled with a 73 in the second round.
Kim carded six birdies and two bogeys on her final round card with four of her birdies coming on the tougher inward back nine.
“I was able to shoot at the flagsticks because the greens were so soft,” said Kim, who claimed her first Carolinas Golf Association major championship. “I was lucky enough that my putting was pretty good today. I’m so happy to have won this tournament.”
Reigning champion Sydney Legacy of Lexington, S.C., shot a 3-under par round of 69 and finished in third place with a two-day total of 143.
Twins Sarah and Jessica Spicer of Bahama finished in ties for 23rd and 36th at 155 (11-over) and 160 (16-over), respectively.
Twin States Junior Girls Championship
1. Gina Kim, Chapel Hill 72-68—140
2. Reona Hirai, Summerville, S.C. 68-73—141
3. Sydney Legacy, Lexington, S.C. 74-69—143
T23. Sarah Spicer, Bahama 77-78—155
T36. Jessica Spicer, Bahama 83-77—160