Kim prevails in weather-delayed Women's Western Jr final
Janice Kim and Macy Hanus (WWGA photo)
Janice Kim and Macy Hanus (WWGA photo)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (July 21, 2018) – After a sweltering week of intense heat and humidity and a rain-soaked Friday that was interrupted three times before resulting in a day’s delay, the final match went down at Cincinnati Country Club. In the end, Janice Kim of Edina, Minn., was victorious.

Kim, the No. 6 seed, faced Macy Hanus of Bowling Green, Ohio, the No. 8 seed. Kim capitalized immediately when Hanus put her opening drive in the rough. Kim won the first hole with a par.

From there, Kim continued to build a lead. Kim went 3 up with a par at the fifth hole before Hanus took one back with a par at No. 8. Hanus then cut that lead to 1 up at No. 10.

“Match play is unique,” Kim said after the match. “It gives every player a chance to come back. This tournament is what it is all about. This is my favorite tournament of the summer.”

Hanus and Kim continued to put on a clinic for approach shots to the green, and with a birdie at No. 13, Kim returned to 2 up. The match remained that way through No. 15. Both players hit the fairway at the par-4 16th and both players were just short on their second shots, forcing each to chip onto the green. Hanus skimmed her par putt just past the hole while Kim made her par putt to win the match, 3 and 2.

“I was satisfied with my play all week,” Kim said. “Macy is so good and she just kept coming back in this match. I knew I had to make that last putt to win. My hard work all summer paid off and this is another notch on my belt and helps my confidence.”

Information from the Women’s Western Golf Association used in this report

ABOUT THE Women's Western Junior

Field: Limited to 128 players. Foreign entries are welcome.

Format: Match Play. Tournament played at scratch. 18-hole stroke-play qualifying round. Low 32 qualifiers shall constitute the Championship flight with the final round being 18 holes. All other players will qualify into flights of 16 with the final round being 18 holes. Consolation in all flights.

Entry Requirements: Entries are open to amateur junior golfers who (1) were females at birth, (2) have an 18-hole USGA Handicap Index of 22.4 or less, (3) are girls 18 years of age or younger who have not reached their 19th birthday by the date of the Finals of the Championship.

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