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Shim, 15, cruises to four-shot Arizona Silver Belle win
Ashely Shim (NCGA photo)
Ashely Shim (NCGA photo)

MESA, Ariz. (Dec. 30, 2018) – Ashely Shim’s scorecard was colorful on her final day at Longbow Golf Club, but it had just what the 15-year-old needed to leapfrog the collegians in the field and win the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle.

For Shim, from San Mateo, Calif., it’s the biggest amateur title of her young career. The 15-year-old qualified for the both the U.S. Women’s Amateur (missed cut) and the U.S. Girls’ Junior (fell in first round of match play) this year. Top-10 finishes in the Rolex Girls’ Junior and the California Women’s Amateur also highlighted her year. Shim is also a junior member at Olympic Club.

Shim entered the final round one shot behind 2016 Silver Belle champion Brigitte Dunne, a California native who is a senior at SMU. But while Dunne sunk to outside the top 10 with two double-bogeys and a triple-bogey, Shim started hot with three birdies. There were a trio of big numbers on the back, but Shim righted the ship with two more bogeys.

Her final-round 70 was enough to get her to 4 under for the week. No other player finished the 54-hole event under par.

Four players tied for second at even par including 2015 Silver Belle champion Kenzie Wright, Briana Chacon, Ashley Menne and Kelly Su.

Another group of four players landed at 2 over, including first-round leader Julie Ju.

Dunne ended up as part of a four-way tie for 17th at 4 over.

Results: Arizona Silver Belle Championship
1CAAshely ShimSan Mateo, CA50074-65-70=209
T2TXKenzie WrightMcKinney, TX40069-72-72=213
T2CABriana ChaconWhittier, CA40070-74-69=213
T2AZAshley MenneSurprise, AZ40073-74-66=213
T2AZKelly SuScottsdale, AZ40072-71-70=213

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ABOUT THE Arizona Silver Belle Championship

Prominent amateur golf tournament for junior girls and women 13 - 23 years of age who compete over 54 holes of stroke play. The field is flighted by age, but the overall champion may come from any age group.

Joanne Winter, one of 14 original Master Professionals in the LPGA's Teaching and Club Professional Division, founded the Arizona Silver Belle 1971. Winter was a noted athlete before beginning her love affair with golf. She pitched with the Racine Belles in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943-50 and later served as a consultant for the film, "A League Of Their Own," which chronicled the women's league. After retiring from the diamond, she turned to golf and won the Arizona State Women's Championship in 1962.

Entrants must provide a USGA Handicap Index of 15.0 or lower and supply a resume of tournament scores and other information as required by the golf registration system. The selection process is based upon this information and national ranking.

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