Alice Kim Claims Medalist Honors, Zags Fourth In Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. – Gonzaga University junior Alice Kim fired a final-round 70 Saturday to claim medalist honors with a 54-hole score of 210 to tie the school record at the Mountain View Collegiate Invitational co-hosted by the University of Missouri and Kansas State University at the MountainView Golf Club.
Kim tied the 54-hole school mark set last season by Han Wu at the Challenge at Onion Creek with rounds of 72-68-70 over the 6,227 yard, par 72 layout. It was the second career title for Kim who won the UC Irvine Invitational a year ago.
“I’m happy for Alice. She was the best player on the course this week,” Gonzaga head coach Brad Rickel said. “She hit great shots and played the course aggressively smart.”
The Bulldogs finished at 884 for fourth place with the third-best tournament score in school history. The University of Nebraska won the tournament at 874 for a 1-shot victory over Kent State University. Missouri was third at 879.
Freshman Ciera Min shot a final-round 72 to tie for 11th at 219, the only other Bulldog to shoot less than 76 on a day the Zags struggled on the green.
“Ciera had a great tournament, too,” Rickel said. “But I think we left too many putts on the course to win as a team.”
The Bulldogs have one final tune-up prior to the West Coast Conference Championship when they play in the Gold Rush Invitational in Yorba Linda, Calif., April 7-8. The WCC Championship is April 14-16 at Gold Mountain Olympic Club in Bremerton, Wash.