Kim hangs on to win the Women's Amateur Championship
July 11, 2014
Morgan Gibbens (British Columbia Golf)
Taylor Kim finished at 10-under to win the title at the 111th British Columbia Golf Women’s Amateur at Kamloops Golf and Country Club on Friday.
Kim shot -2 on Friday to finish out a week of exceptional play, winning her first title at a British Columbia Golf Championship. The Team Canada member was already 2-under at the turn and only bogeyed once on number 15 that proved to be just a slight speed bump on the way to the title.
“I thought simple. Just hit the fairways and hit the green and two putt or if I get close just one putt it,” she said.
“I came into trouble on number 15 a par-3 and bogeyed it but I knew I was still leading then I had a birdie opportunity on number 18 but I thought ‘just make par, don’t do anything stupid’ and it worked out.”
After recording the lowest score of the tournament on day one with an outstanding 6-under-par 67 Kim, 19, struggled slightly the following round with tough wind conditions. She proved her adaptability the following round when she shot 70 (-3) to reclaim the lead.
“There was no wind, it was a perfect and I knew it was going to be my day it felt just like the first day,” said Kim.
“I was a little nervous going into the round because it was my first opportunity to win this event and I’m just really excited to win this. I felt like I played really great, I used the advantage of the par-5’s again and it worked out.”
A Ram Choi finished two strokes back of Kim finishing second at -8 after a hard-fought Championship. Choi co-led briefly at the midway mark of the tournament after finishing -3 in back–to-back rounds. Choi shot 3-under on the final day of the Championship.
Alisha Lau played an incredible four rounds of golf to finish third at -6. The 14-year-old from Richmond finished T5 in the Junior Girls’ Championship last week in Kamloops and followed it up with another incredible performance. Lau’s three-under-par 70 on Friday was enough to earn her a top three finish and the final spot on the team heading to nationals.
Kim, Choi and Lau have earned their place to represent British Columbia at Nationals July 22-25 in Woodstock, ON at Craigowan Golf and Country Club.
The 2014 Junior Girls’ Champion Naomi Ko finished in fourth at a 4-under 288 followed by Michelle Kim and Christina Proteau (T5) at 289. Proteau won the Mid-Amateur Championship on Thursday and the Zone Team Championship on Wednesday with Shelly Stouffer for Zone Six.
A Ram Choi and Sharon Park finished first in the best-ball competition shooting a 22-under-par 270 for the tournament with only four bogeys in four days disrupting their scorecard.
Junior golfers Alisha Lau and Hannah Lee finished just two strokes behind at 272 and recorded two eagles on their final day of play for their best score of the tournament an impressive 7-under-par 66.
Proteau wins Mid-Amateur Championship; Kim reclaims lead in Women's Amateur
July 10, 2014
Taylor Kim has reclaimed the lead shooting -3 at the British Columbia Golf Women’s Amateur on Thursday at Kamloops Golf and Country Club.
Kim opened up her round with back-to-back birdies. Her performance today brought her back to number one at 211 (-8). Kim, 19, topped the leaderboard after an outstanding first day but slipped back slightly after a tough round on Wednesday.
“The second round I struggled a little bit, but I learned from the wind we had yesterday what to do and what not to do today, so that helped me have a good round,” explained Kim.
“Tomorrow I’m focusing on just staying on the fairway, hitting the greens and using the advantage of the par-5’s here because they’re short and reachable in two. I think if I do what I did today I have a good chance again tomorrow.”
Christina Proteau finished -1 and heads into the final round of competition on Friday only two-strokes behind the leader at 213 (-6). She shot 72 for the second day in a row holding strong near the top of the leaderboard.
Yesterday’s co-leaders A Ram Choi and Megan Osland each shot +1 today, remaining tied but slipped back to T3.
Christina Proteau won the British Columbia Golf Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship with a commanding 16-stroke advantage over the next competitor.
At just over four months pregnant, Proteau claimed the Jackie Little Trophy for the fourth time in six years, the most wins anyone has had in the Mid-Amateur Championship since it’s inauguration in 2006.
“I’m really happy with the way that I played the last few days and really enjoy this part of the tournament. It’s kind of like the ‘Working Women’s Amateur’,” laughed Proteau.
She focused on keeping a good tempo and keeping her golf as stress-free as possible.
Though she’s thrilled with a fourth Mid-Amateur title and happy with the way she’s been playing, she hasn’t forgotten that there’s still another day yet of competition. She’s not out of contention for a third title in two days; Proteau also won the Zone Team Championship with teammate Shelly Stouffer on Wednesay.
“It’s great and I’m celebrating this right now but I do want to focus on tomorrow for the overall amateur,” she said.
Stouffer finished second in the Mid-Amateur Championship with an 11-over 230 after she shot her best score of the tournament so far, a one-over-par 74. Sandra Tubide and Eileen Kelly finished T3 with 234.
A Ram Choi and Sharon park maintain their strong lead in the best-ball competition at an exceptional 20-under-par 199. After three days of play, the Surrey golfers are averaging 66 strokes a round.
Junior golfers Alix Kong and Kathy Lim played strong on the back half and shot 68 during their third round to move into a tie for second with Alisha Lau and Hannah Lee at -13.
Osland and Choi co-lead Amateur; Proteau extends lead in the Mid-Amateur Championship
July 9, 2014
Collegiate golfers, Megan Osland and A Ram Choi, co-lead the Women’s Amateur Championship at six-under-par at the Kamloops Golf and Country Club after 36 holes of competition.
Osland finished on Wednesday with the day’s best score, a four-under-par 69. The San Jose State junior made a surge for the lead capped off with an impressive eagle on number 18. Osland is looking to earn a spot on the provincial team for the third consecutive year.
"I was making the clutch putts when I needed to for birdies and to save pars," Osland said of her second round.
"I was hitting the ball well off the tee considering the windy conditions for the day."
After Choi shot -3 for the second day in a row, demonstrating her consistency, she finds herself tied for the lead with Osland. The Portland State junior shot six birdies to counter balance a bogey and double bogey to secure the co-lead.
Taylor Kim shot just one stroke over par to follow up her stellar first round performance but unfortunately slipped from the top of the leaderboard and currently sits tied at third with Christina Proteau, who played another strong round shooting one-under-par, the pair currently rest just one shot back of the leaders at -5.
Proteau has built a solid 13-stroke lead in the Mid-Amateur Championship, gaining the most ground on the front nine, where she has shot 34 for the second day in a row.
Eileen Kelly shot a five-over-par 78 to sit solo in second with 154 total for the championship putting her just a single shot ahead of Karen Kloske, of Lake Cowichan in third at 155. Shelly Stouffer shot 81 on Wednesday and sits just one shot out of reach of the top three. Stouffer again finished her day off strong, recording another birdie on 18. Maple Ridge resident, Sandra Turbide, holds strong at fifth improving on her first round score by two strokes with a five-over-par 78.
Zone Team Championship
Zone Six won the 2014 Zone Team Championship, Proteau and Stouffer combined for a team score of 297 (+5) to win the title. The duo was appointed to represent the zone prior to the beginning of competition. They established themselves early after shooting 144 during the first round allowing them some breathing room heading into day two of competition.
Zone Three’s Dani Shap and Jessica MacPhee made a strong surge for the lead on day two going low with an only two-over-par 148 and nearly managed to catch the leaders, finishing with a final score off 299 (+7).
Choi and Sharon Park increased their lead in the best ball competition after shooting 65 and are currently seven shots ahead of the next place team. Choi and Park are -16 midway through competition.
Marie Donnici of Vancouver and Michelle Kim of Surrey bettered their first round score by three shooting 67 to secure second place at 137 but are not out of reach of third place teams juniors Alix Kong and Kathy Lim, and Alisha Lau and Hannah Lee tied one stroke back with 138.
Kim sets herself atop the leaderboard; Proteau seeks fourth mid-amateur title
July 8, 2014
Taylor Kim tops the leaderboard after she shot an outstanding six-under-par 67 on Tuesday during the first round of the 111th British Columbia Golf Women’s Amateur Championship at Kamloops Golf and Country Club.
The Kent State Sophomore played an exceptional first round with seven birdies decorating her scorecard. She ran into trouble just before the turn, bogeying the 376-yard par 4, but recovered quickly and shot three consecutive birdies out. At 19, Kim is already a highly accomplished amateur player and has finished in the top five at the Women’s Amateur since 2011.
Three-time Amateur Champion Christina Proteau, finished day one in second place, just two strokes back of Kim with a -4 on the 6462-yard par 73 course.
Coming off a strong top five finish at the Junior Girls’ Championship last week, Alisha Lau shot an impressive three-under-par 70 and sits tied for third with Portland State Viking, A Ram Choi, of Surrey. Kelowna’s Megan Osland takes the final spot in the top five of the Amateur Championship after shooting 71 (-2).
The 2014 Junior Girls’ Champion, Naomi Ko, who won the title less than a week ago at The Dunes at Kamloops, shot -1 and is currently tied for sixth with Sophie Liu.
The Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship runs concurrently with the Amateur with 11 golfers competing in both categories.
After the first day of competition, the Championship’s top three is comprised of only Vancouver Island golfers, Proteau of Port Alberni leads comfortably by six strokes. In 2013, Proteau captured her third British Columbia Golf Mid-Amateur Championship title in five years and with a strong start on the first day of competition and proved she is pushing for number four.
Following in second is Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay who finished her round off strong birdieing 18 for a two-over-par 75. Victoria’s Eileen Kelly and Lake Cowichan’s Karen Kloske are tied for third just a single stroke behind Stouffer at +3, each boasting two birdies in the first round.
Sandra Turbide rounds out the top five with a 7-over-par 80. Turbide started the day off strong just a single stroke over par at the turn but struggled on the back half shooting 42.
Zone Team Championship
The zones selected two-person teams in advance for the Zone Team Championship contested over the first 36 holes, the player’s combined individual score’s make up the score for the team.
Zone Six comprised of Proteau and Stouffer sit well ahead of the competition at two-under shooting a combined 144. Zone Three’s Dani Shap and Jessica MacPhee combined for a 5-over-par 151 but are closely followed by Zone Two’s Madison Kapchinsky and Jessica Claggett just a single stroke back.
Choi and Sharon Park lead the best-ball competition with a score of -8 and a combined nine birdies highlighting their scorecard. The pair are followed closely by Vancouver’s Ashley Cai and Natalie Chu who shot 67 as a team and are tied for second with junior’s Lau and Hannah Lee who also played together in the Junior Girls’ Championship team competition finishing T2.
Kamloops Golf and Country Club celebrates its centennial hosting the 111the British Columbia Golf Women's Amateur Championship
July 2, 2014
The historic Kamloops Golf and Country Club that regards itself the “oldest, yet newest and finest golf course in the Kamloops area” is a fitting host for one of British Columbia Golf’s oldest Championships, the Women’s Amateur (est. 1895), and one of the association’s newest, the Women’s Mid-Amateur (est. 2006) on July 8-11.
British Columbia’s best amateur female golfers will compete for the titles on the beautiful 6462-yard par-73 course, competing in all Championships in which they are age eligible.
Cassie Isagawa hoisted the Flumerfelt Cup last year as the Amateur Champion at Pitt Meadows Golf Club. She set a course record on the third round of play only to match it the following day. Isagawa became the only known international champion in the competition’s history. She will not be returning to defend the title this year.
In 2013, Christina Proteau captured her third Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship in five year. She claimed the Jackie Little Trophy after she bounced back during the final round after an uncharacteristic 80 on the second day of competition that proved to be a minor hiccup on the way to the title. Proteau, who is also a three-time Women’s Amateur Champion (2006, 2009, 2011), is set to return again this year to contend for the 111th Women’s Amateur Championship and 9th Mid-Amateur Championship titles.
A number of familiar names return to compete in this year’s Championship. Alison Murdoch recently added a second Washington State Senior Women’s Amateur title to her already glowing resume; she will be one to watch again in this event.
Shelly Stouffer, the 2013 Mid-Amateur runner-up and member of Team British Columbia Golf who competed in and won the 2014 PNGA Cup Matches returns to compete, as well as Bree Sharratt, the 2010 Mid-Amateur champion looking for her second title.
Kent State sophomore and Canadian National Team member, Taylor Kim returns as a veteran of the BC Amateur Championship, tying for fourth in 2011 and 2012 and moving her way up to T3 in 2013.
A Ram Choi will return to the competition after she continued to impress at the collegiate level this year at Portland State University. She tied a school-record low score of 67 in her first showing as a Viking in 2012.
Stephanie Wong won nationals with the UBC team in 2012 and the Western Washington invitational individual and team in the fall of 2013. She will be one to watch in the competition, as well as fellow UBC alum, Jen Woods, who won a gold medal with UBC Oakanagan golf at the National Championships in her final year with the team in 2012.
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