Kim fires a 64 to win NCHSAA regional at Greensboro National
One week after shooting a 61 at Chapel Hill Country Club to win the Carolina Central Golf Conference tournament, Chapel Hill High School junior Gina Kim fired an 8-under-par 64 at Greensboro National to win the NCHSAA’s 3A Central Golf Regional.
Her victory last Monday came days before she was named a Rolex Junior All-American golfer for the third straight year. Earlier this year, the Duke University verbal commit won the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.
Kim not only won by eight strokes over her nearest competitor in the regional, she was eight strokes better than any golfer in any classification at any of the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s nine regionals last Monday.
Kim will head to Longleaf Golf Club in Southern Pines on Monday to defend her 3A state championship.
Kim, a three-time Rolex Junior All-American is being recognized on the First Team for the first time in her career.
The Duke University verbal commit’s 2016 season was highlighted by her first AJGA Invitational win at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship and her tying for third at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Kim closed out her 2016 season with a tie for fourth place at The PING Invitational and is No. 7 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Field hockey teams advance in playoffs
Defending state champion East Chapel Hill, No. 1 seed Chapel Hill and underdog Carrboro all won their first-round matches last week in the N.C. Field Hockey Association’s state tournament.
Chapel Hill had no trouble with 16th-seeded East Forsyth, winning 10-0, while No. 5 seeded East Chapel Hill shut out No. 12 Ardrey Kell by a 9-0 score.
Carrboro, seeded No. 14, pulled off an impressive win the first round by heading to Greensboro and taking down No. 3 Northwest Guilford 1-0 in overtime.
Chapel Hill (15-1) hosts longtime rival R.J. Reynolds (14-5) for a second-round match at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Golden Demons, with the second-best winning percentage of any team west of Chapel Hill, are under-seeded at No. 9.
East Chapel Hill (15-3) hosts No. 4 West Forsyth (11-4) at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Carrboro (7-9) will play its second-round match at No. 6 Pfafftown Reagan (8-5).
In the state’s other quarterfinal, No. 2 Myers Park (15-1) hosts No. 7 Charlotte Catholic (10-8).
Chapel Hill wins Big 8 soccer title
Chapel Hill won the Big 8 soccer championship in a decidedly undramatic fashion last week by accepting a forfeit by Northern Vance. It was the fifth forfeit for the undermanned Vikings (1-14-1), who haven’t been on the field since an 11-0 loss Oct. 5 to Cedar Ridge. It was the 17th straight win for the Tigers (18-1, 11-0).