LEE GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE AT THE REBATH HEATHER FARR CLASSIC
Kim comes from behind to take home victory at Longbow Golf Club
MESA, Ariz. — After an up-and-down day, Richard Lee of Chandler, Ariz., held on to his lead to win the Boys Division at Longbow Golf Club after shooting a 1-over-par 72 on the day and finishing the event with a 64-69-72 — 205 tournament total. In the Girls Division, Kimberly Kim of Pahoa, Hawaii, took home her first American Junior Golf Association victory since 2004. Starting the day three strokes off the lead, Kim charged to victory and won by four shots.
Conducted by the AJGA, the ReBath Heather Farr Classic was a 54-hole stroke play event featuring 90 boys and 42 girls — ages 12-18 — from 17 states, Canada, the Cayman Islands and Mexico. The ninth annual event was staged on the par-71, 6,999-yard Longbow Golf Club (Girls Division played at 6,146 yards). Past champions of the event include Hunter Mahan (1999), Philip Francis (2006), Amanda Blumenherst (2002) and Paula Creamer (2003, 2004).
Lee started the day with a commanding five-stroke lead but lost it quickly. After bogeying his first hole and double bogeying his second hole of the day, Lee saw his lead dwindle.
“I didn't know what I was doing out there,” Lee said. “I felt like I was a 10 handicap.”
He finished the front nine with a 5-over-par 41. After making the turn, Lee felt his game change completely. After chipping in from the bunker on No. 10 for birdie, the 16-year-old gained back his confidence. At the same time, Michael Jae Woo Im of Fullerton, Calif., was playing a back-and-forth game for first place on the back nine. In the end, Lee's five birdies on the backside won out and gave him the two-stroke victory.
Im finished the tournament with a 70-68-69 — 207 total for a second place. In a three-way tie for third were Sihwan Kim of Buena Park, Calif., Alex Shi Yup Kim of Fullerton, Calif., and Nick Delio of Valencia, Calif., all with tournament totals of 3-under-par 210.
In the Girls Division, Kim had a rough start to the day, but picked up speed after making the turn. After carding birdie on Nos. 9 and 10, Kim felt that she had what was needed to come back. Kim, who currently resides in Queen Creek, Ariz., made birdie on three of her last five holes and put her into the lead. She ended the tournament with a 70-71-68 — 209 total.
“I wasn't thinking straight to start the day,” said the 15-year-old. “It took me until the back nine to realize I was using yesterday's hole location sheet. After I made that switch, I was good to go.”
Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division were Rachel Morris of Carlsbad, Calif., Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Stephanie Kono of Honolulu. They all tied for second with even-par 213 tournament totals.
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