Chapel Hill High golfer Gina Kim is making an international splash during her freshman season.
She recently finished eighth in the Evian Championship Juniors Cup golf tournament in Evian, France. She was one of two golfers representing the United States in the international field and shot rounds of 72 and 72 to finish eight shots behind champion Rio Ishii of Japan.
Kim also won the regional championship in Great Falls, Va., in the 2015 Drive, Chip and Putt competition. She is qualified to play in the finals in 2015 at Augusta National, on the Sunday before the Masters tournament.
The 14-year-old has a 33.75 stroke average in high school matches this season.
“She is doing very well,” said Chapel Hill coach Jim Williams. “She is not afraid to set extremely high goals for herself. She is averaging well under par.”
Kim is ranked No. 1 among girls junior golfers in the state, is among the top 15 freshmen in the country and is the No. 51 junior girls golfer in the country, according to Williams.
Despite having Kim, Chapel Hill will not contend for the N.C. High School Athletic Association girls’ golf championship. Kim is the team’s only golfer.
“We’ve got a great player, but we’re rebuilding,” Williams said. “We hope to have some others with her next year.”
Conner Mann controlled Daniel Kahn’s corner kick and scored in the first half for the victory.
“Our captains and seniors really stepped up and led the team to victory,” said Cary Academy coach Jeff Costa.
Bhatia had a three-stroke edge on teammate Hannah Whitt and Wake Forest’s Samatha Bennett in the match on Tuesday.
Bhatia had an overall average of 36.0 in seven matches to win the conference title. She had a low round of 33 at Wil-Mar Golf Course and a high of 39 at Hedingham. She shot sub-par rounds in four of the seven matches.
Millbrook’s Christy Johnson (39.43 stroke average) was second in conference play and Enloe’s Lily James (39.57) was third.
Wakefield topped Heritage, 53-44.5, for the overall team title. The Wolverines won six of the seven conference matches
Thon Maker, a 7-footer who is the top-ranked player in the Class of 2016, has transferred to Kitchener (Ontario) Athlete Institute. Harry Giles, 6-10 and ranked No. 2, plays at High Point Wesleyan and No. 5 Dennis Smith (6-2) is at Fayetteville Trinity Academy.
The field also includes No. 20 junior Jamal Murray (6-3) of Athlete Institute and No. 53 junior Kwe Parker (6-1) of High Point Wesleyan.
Area boys teams are 2014 4A champion Apex, Broughton, Garner, Knightdale, Leesville Road, Millbrook, Ravenscroft and Raleigh Word of God.
The girls tournament at Cary Academy has Athens Drive, Broughton, East Wake, Durham Hillside, Knightdale, Millbrook, Durham Riverside and Williamston Riverside.