Kim Posts Career-Low 71 On Final Day Of C-USA Championship
Freshman Elena Kim Earns C-USA All-Tournament Team Honors After Fourth Place Finish
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Freshman Elena Kim fired a career and team-low 1-under 71 for North Texas on the final day of the Conference USA Championship Wednesday at the Verandah Club. The Mean Green finished 10th with a three-round total of 924.
First-year head coach Michael Akers improved North Texas team score by 25 strokes from a season ago after finishing in 11th place (949 team score) in 2016. As a team, the Mean Green jumped up 66 spots in the national ranking. North Texas also improved their stroke average from last year by 10 shots per round and it was the third-best all-time stroke average in school history.
"Elena picked a great time to have her best outing of the year," Akers said. "She is very talented but hasn't played her best until this week. Obviously, we haven't been deep this spring but next year we should experience another huge jump in scoring and improvement in the national ranking. The two freshmen have come a long way and Sol and Sabina will be a great duo in our lineup. Our future is bright and I am as hungry as ever to get back to NCAA postseason."
Kim led the Mean Green with a career-low 71, earning C-USA All-Tournament team honors, after finishing tied for fourth. Kim's three-round total of 219 (75-73-71) was only eight shots from tying the school record. Classmate Lauren Cox shot a final round 78 and finished tied for 27th with a three-round total of 228.
Kim's final round 71 was the second best score among 55 competitors. She started on the back-9 with birdies on No. 10 and No. 12. Kim also birdied No. 1 and No. 3 to get to 3-under par but two bogeys in her final six holes dropped her back to 1-under.
Cox had four birdies in her final round 78 but a costly 10 (+5) on the final hole ruined her chances at a top-15 finish. Cox birded No. 11, No. 15, No. 4 and No. 8 in an up and down final round.
Old Dominion came away with the team championship after shooting a final round plus-1 (289) to defeat defending champion Middle Tennessee. Middle Tennessee's Jenna Burris was the individual champion with a final round 72 to finish 7-under par (209).
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1. Old Dominion (+12)
2. Middle Tennessee (+20)
3. UTSA (+25)
4. FIU (+30)
5. Southern Miss (+33)
6. Western Kentucky (+42)
7. UAB (+43)
8. UTEP (+45)
9. Marshall (+52)
10. North Texas (+60)
11. Florida Atlantic (+64)
T4. Elena Kim (+3)
T27. Lauren Cox (+12)
T46. Nyca Khaw (+22)
T52. Sammy Huang (+28)
54. Kalli Jennings (+33)