Top-Five Finish for Kim

Vandy ends in tie for sixth

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Vanderbilt’s Auston Kim concluded the 2021 Mason Rudolph Championship on Sunday in a three-way tie for third overall at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.

Shooting 8-under-par through 54 holes, Kim recorded a 3-under-par 69 on the day.

“It was good to see Auston have a good finish in her last Mason and I’m proud of her perseverance the last few months,” head coach Greg Allen said.

Vandy as a team ended the tournament at 2-over-par and in a three-way tie for sixth with Georgia and Ohio State. The Dores were 28 strokes back of champion Oregon (-26). The Ducks were led by individual winner Hsin-Yu Lu with a three-day total of 199 and 17-under-par effort.

“I really had a lot of fun watching and coaching our young ladies down the stretch today,” Allen said. “Only a few shots separated a 4th or 10th place finish with four or five holes left. Unfortunately, we missed some putts on 17 and 18. Today showed me what we need to work on and that’s becoming better putters.”

Virginie Ding shot a solid 2-under-par for the tournament and tallied a 71 on Sunday.

Ariel Yu tied for 48th, Jayna Choi tied for 50th, Louise Yu (+7) tied for 56th, Tess Davenport tied for 66th and Natasha Kiel tied for 70th. Davenport and Choi competed as individuals.

“It was great having Lou back in the lineup. This was her first tournament since the National Championship in May due to a back injury,” Allen said. “This was also the first time having coach (Emilie) Meason with us after coming off maternity leave. She definitely brings a spark to this team.

“I really like where Ginnie and Ariel are headed. I believe they will continue to get better with more and more rounds under her belt. And, it was nice to see the freshman Natasha show some grit down the stretch with a birdie eagle finish.”

Next up for Vanderbilt is the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational scheduled for Oct. 16-17 at UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

“A big shout out to Micah Hicks and Jarrod Kepple and all the staff at the Vanderbilt Legends Club,” Allen added. “They do such a great job giving every player and coach an unbelievable tournament experience.”

Vanderbilt played the Mason Rudolph without All-American Celina Sattelkau who continues through COVID-19 protocols.