Dores Tied for Second in Paradise

Kim, Commodores off to impressive start at FAU tournament

BOCA RATON, Fla. – After tee times were pushed back 90 minutes due to fog, Vanderbilt put itself two strokes back of Mississippi State and within striking distant of a team title before darkness ended play at 5 p.m. CT during the second of the FAU Paradise Invitational at the Osprey Point Golf Club in Boca Raton, Florida.

Vandy is 18-under-par with nine holes to complete and only one of four golfers having finished 36 holes. The second round is scheduled to resume at 6:30 a.m. CT Tuesday before the tournament’s final 18 holes immediately after.

“I’m really proud of how we handled the day,” said head coach Greg Allen. “36-hole days are always draining and then you throw in the fog delay and then another fog delay once we started playing. But thought the girls did a nice job of adapting and really did a nice job focusing all day.”

The Commodores were led Tuesday by Auston Kim who is 9-under-par through 34 holes and is currently in third place. Kim fired a 66 in the first round and was two shots off the lead going into her second 18. She also had 13 birdies for the day.

Julia Lopez Ramirez of Mississippi State leads the field at 13-under-par.

Virginie Ding is two strokes behind Kim at 7-under-par and is tied for fourth. She has also completed 34 holes and made eight birdies Monday.

“Auston (Kim) was just being Auston today and we saw (Virginie) Ding play the way we know she’s capable of playing,” said Allen

Natasha Kiel goes into Tuesday tied for 17th at 2-under-par, Louise Yu (E) is tied for 27th and Jayna Choi is tied for 73rd (+10).

“I thought Natasha (Kiel) showed us a lot as she’s playing in her first tournament away from home. (Tuesday) is going to be a lot of fun.”

Live scoring for Tuesday’s action can be found HERE.