FRANKLIN, Tenn. – University of Houston Senior Annie-Kim stood tied for 62nd after the NCAA Franklin Regional first round at Vanderbilt Legends Club on Monday afternoon.
Making the Cougars’ first regional individual NCAA appearance in program history, Kim posted an 81 on the 6,450-yard north course. Starting her day at No. 10, the Seoul native birdied early for 362 yards, par-4 11and hole but ran into trouble mid-round.
The No. 21 Duke and No. 9 Alabama were tied for the team lead at 1-under 287, while the No. 35 Vanderbilt was third with 288. The No. 15 Texas A&M was fourth with 289 , while No. 4 Wake Forest was in fifth at 292.
Alabama’s Polly Mack held the individual lead after shooting 65 on Monday. ETSU’s Hollie Muse was second at 66, while Texas A&M’s Jennie Park was third at 69. Boston University’s Flair Kuan and Wake Forest’s Rachel Kuehn tied for fourth at 70.
The top four teams and top two individuals not on an advancing team at each NCAA regional stage qualify for the NCAA Championships, which take place May 20-25 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, in Arizona.
While this is Kim’s first time competing in NCAA regional competition, this is her second playoff appearance. Kim and her Cougar teammates were scheduled to compete in the 2021 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, but rain forced that event to be canceled without a hit.
This was the seventh season that Houston has been represented in the NCAA playoffs, the Cougars competed as a team for six consecutive years from 2015-21 with the 2020 regionals canceled due to the COVID pandemic -19.
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SECOND ROUND PAIRINGS
For Tuesday’s second round, Kim will compete in a pool with Payton Carter (Murray State) and Tara Bettle (UNCG), starting with No. 10 at 8:55 a.m.
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ABOUT ANNIE KIM
Kim earned her invitation to NCAA Regionals as the Cougars’ main contender throughout the 2021-22 season. The Seoul native led the team with an average of 73.47 and 11 rounds of par or better, including a team-best 67 in the second round at MountainView Collegiate on March 19.
She has five top-25 finishes this year with a season-best fourth place finish at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., Oct. 4-6, 2021.
A two-time member of the American Athletic Conference’s All-Academic Varsity Team, Kim recently opened the U.S. Championships with an even par 72 and tied for 12and at 225 in his conference tournament debut.
She was named to the All-American Athletic Conference team for the first time in her career earlier this week.
Kim is no stranger to the Vanderbilt Legends Club. As a freshman during the 2018-19 season, she played in three tournaments for the Commodores before transferring to Houston.
She was one of 36 individual entrants to be selected for NCAA regional play at all six NCAA regional venues in 2022.
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