Girls Golf: Tracy senior makes fourth trip to sections
by Bob Brownne
Oct 25, 2012 | 1782 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tracy High senior Jennifer Kim will once again join the top golfers in the Sac-Joaquin Section in an effort to qualify for state competition.

Kim’s score of 89 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South tournament on Monday, Oct. 22, at the par-72 Lockeford Springs Golf Course put her in fourth place in the division.

It also made her the top at-large qualifier for next week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament Monday, Oct. 29, at the Reserve in Stockton.

It’s the fourth year that Kim has qualified for the Masters tournament. Two years ago, as a sophomore, she was three strokes shy of qualifying for the California Interscholastic Federation NorCal Championship Tournament. This year’s championship is Nov. 5 at Brookside Country Club in Stockton.

Golfers played through the rain and soaked greens and fairways Monday, and conditions were harsh enough that 11 of the 77 golfers withdrew during the tournament, which in turn disqualified four of the nine teams.

Kim said that she found the conditions a challenge, and mentioned that her club came slipping out of her hands on one shot.

“It was a new experience. I really enjoyed it,” she said. “It was challenging, because I had to get used to a wet course. The greens kept getting slower and slower.”

Under the circumstances, she considered her 17-over-par 89 a good score.

“After that round, I’m really glad I have the opportunity to move forward,” she said. “To be able to go all four years is quadruple the honor.”

Kim added that the support of her teammates means a lot to her, especially because golf is her primary sport, while others on the team play soccer or softball but still do well on the links.

“The girls on the team all tried really hard, and now I can represent Tracy High.”

The top team on Monday was Lodi, with a team score of 438. St. Mary’s of Stockton placed second (478), Turlock High was third (492) and Merced was fourth (506).

The top golfer was Victoria Reiner of Lodi (82), second was Claire Burke of St. Mary’s (85) and third was Courtney Newport of Lodi (86). Kim’s 89 put her in a four-way tie for fourth with Lodi’s Coby Kooyman and Jessica Hayes, and Turlock’s Hannah Gong.

Also representing Tracy was Kirsten Bas (113) and Shelby Devlin (114). Representing West High were Ashley Gonzales (119), and West’s Bobbi Loggins withdrew.

Kimball High sent its full team to the SJS Division IV tournament at Elkhorn Golf Club in Stockton. The Jaguars placed sixth out of eight teams with a score of 628. First-place East Union advances to the SJS Masters tournament.

The top golfer for Kimball was senior Lydia Nolen, whose score of 111 on the par-73 course was nine strokes shy of qualifying her for the section tournament as an at-large individual.

Contributing to Kimball’s effort were Savannah Dunniway (118), Taylor Honnoll (121), Maya Crooms (133), Lilly Craig (145) and Angela Payton (183).

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