YAKIMA, Wash. — One year ago at the Women's Trans National Amateur, it was Caroline Inglis of Churchill, Ore. finishing runner-up to August Kim. Now, it's 2015. And Inglis, the soon-to-be University of Oregon senior, entered the tournament at Yakima Country Club with added confidence from her Pac-12 Championship victory to end the spring.
There was no runner-up finish for Inglis this time.
Shooting a final-round 69, including a back-nine 34, Inglis overtook third-round leader Pauline Del Rosario, whose 73 on Friday dropped her into second place. The golfer from The Philippines entered with a three-shot advantage over Inglis, but posted three-over 39 on her back side as part of a five-shot swing between the two players.
Inglis seemed well out of contention through two rounds, posting 70-75 to sit nine shots behind Del Rosario, with many other golfers between her and the leader, including Kacie Komoto of Hawaii and defending champion August Kim. It was the third-round 67 that made Inglis' victory possible, helping her to make up six shots that day and set the table for a final-round comeback.
The win for Inglis bumps her up to No. 21 in the world in AmateurGolf.com's Women's Player Rankings, good enough for a 54-place jump. Among Americans, Inglis is the seventh highest ranked player on the list, trailing names like Emma Talley, Kristen Gillman, Megan Khang, and Bethany Wu.
Kim's attempt at a repeat got off to a rough start with a first-round 74, though the St. Augustine, Fla. native rebounded nicely with second and third rounds of 69 and 72. Still, Kim would have needed 66 on Friday to tie Inglis. She settled for a tied-for-seventh place finish, alongside Cathleen Santoso of Australia — a teammate of Inglis' at Oregon.
Placing third was Komoto, who plays collegiately for Northwestern University. Her devastating third-round 78 proved costly as he finished five shots behind Inglis. Fourth place went to University of Washington senior Charlotte Thomas of England. Her final-round 70 put her back in red figures for the tournament, and a stroke ahead of fifth-place finishing Marianne Li — a high-school golfer from Seattle who has committed to play for Cal-Berkeley.