Alice Kim Holds 36-Hole Lead At Mountain View Collegiate
TUCSON, Ariz. – Gonzaga University junior Alice Kim is the 36-hole leader at the Mountain View Collegiate Invitational co-hosted by the University of Missouri and Kansas State University at the MountainView Golf Club.
Kim shot 72-68 for a 36-hole total of 140 over the 6,227 yard, par 72 layout.
Her effort helped Gonzaga to third place at 586 heading into Saturday’s final round which begins at 8 a.m. PDT with a shotgun start. The Bulldogs trail 36-hole leader University of Nebraska (579) by seven shots and are two shots behind second-place Kent State University (584).
Kim, who holds Gonzaga’s school record at 66, fired the second 68 of her career which ranks tied for fifth on the all-time Gonzaga single-round list. Her 36-hole total of 140 is one stroke behind the 36-hole school record of 139 she shares with teammate Han Wu. The native of Honolulu leads Nebraska’s Cassie Deegs by two strokes.
The Bulldogs took advantage of near-perfect conditions in the morning round, shooting a 289 for a 2-shot lead over Nebraska. Raychelle Santos paced the Bulldogs in the first round with a 70, freshman Ciera Min equaled the best round of her young career with a 71, Kim was at 72 and Wu had 76.
“We had a great morning round. I was happy with how we started with purpose and commitment,” Gonzaga head coach Brad Rickel said.
But scores throughout the field were higher in the second round as the wind picked up and the heat began to take its toll.
While Kim battled through the afternoon for her 68, no other Bulldog shot better than 76.
“Alice was solid all day and I’m proud of her shooting a 68 in the afternoon of a long day. She was strong in all phases of her game,” Rickel said. “Raychelle and Ciera both had very good first rounds. The wind swirled in the afternoon and between that and the heat of the day we didn’t play our best in the afternoon.”
Min is tied for 14th at 147 with rounds of 71-76.
The high Friday was 73 and the wind gusted to 17 mph in the afternoon.
Gonzaga’s opening-round 289 is the fifth best round in school history and the 36-hole total of 586 is the second-best total ever.