Kamiak should be strong state contender | Girls golf

Kim finished in 2nd place at last year’s state tournament
By David Pan | Mar 28, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Jane Kim (left) placed second at the state tournament, while Annette Vo finished in a tie for 23rd.

Kamiak’s Jane Kim is getting back into the swing of golf.

Kim, who finished second at last year’s 4A state girls golf championships, took a couple of months off from golf due to a schedule that was packed with other school and outside activities.
The Kamiak junior is making up for lost time.

“At first my shot was not as good as last year, but it keeps on getting better,” Kim said. “I think I just need to keep practicing.”

Kim admits she’s feeling a little pressure coming into her junior season. The Kamiak standout has made a significant climb up the state leaderboard in a short time. Kim tied for 17th place her freshman season.

After the first round of last year’s 4A meet, Kim was in 12th place with a score of 78. Kim had hoped to play a little better, but she was satisfied with her score.

Kim then shot a 69, the best score of the second round, to finish with a two-day total of 147, six strokes behind champion Cassie Kim of Davis and one stroke ahead of Bellarmine Prep’s Julia Bordeaux, who took third.

The Knights, the defending league and district champions, placed third overall at state behind Bellarmine Prep and Camas. The prospects for this season look promising with the entire team back, Kamiak coach Dan Murnan said.

“The team is a very close group and it is fun to watch them work hard together as a team,” Murnan said.

“I think we have a good chance of being one of the top teams in state this year,” said Kim, who won the district title.

Teammate Annette Vo, who wound up one stroke behind Kim at districts, finished in a tie for 23rd at state. Rachel Ponting and Regina Park also advanced to state but did not qualify for the second round.

The Knights have a lot of depth with returners Minji Kim and Michelle Hong and newcomers Megan Martin and Kayla Kim.

“I’m really excited coming in this year with all the new talent,” Vo said. “We’re lucky to have this amount of talent here at Kamiak. … Hopefully, we can improve on last year’s third place.”

Vo learned that an important part of her success is not to overthink her game on the course.

“The key to my game is staying calm and just letting my game come out,” Vo said. “I think your weaknesses come out when you overthink. You play your best game when you are not really thinking about it too much.”

Kim said that she talks to her coaches about the pressure she’s feeling and they remind her of why she plays golf in the first place

“They don’t want me to feel pressure,” Kim said. “They just want me to have fun and do my best.”

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