Top-Five Finish for Kim

Vandy senior starts strong at Cougar Classic

HANAHAN, S.C. — Vanderbilt senior Auston Kim recorded her first top-five finish this season by shooting a 7-under-par over 54 holes at the Cougar Classic which wrapped up play Tuesday.

Kim shot a 2-under-par Tuesday and recorded 12 birdies for the tournament. She won the event in 2019.

Vanderbilt as a team came in seventh as a team at 2-over-par, 25 strokes back of champion Arkansas (-23). Brooke Matthews of Arkansas ran away from the field with a three-day total of 191 (25-under-par).

“I thought the girls carried Monday’s fight into today’s round and played pretty darn good,” Vanderbilt head coach Greg Allen said. “We were one of only four rounds under par today. I thought Auston really hung in there and played great on her last six holes.

“I’m excited about what we saw out of Ginnie and Ariel. And Tess’s great attitude allowed her to battle down the stretch.”

Vanderbilt sophomore Virginie Ding also put together a solid tournament by shooting 1-under-par over 54 holes. Ding carded a 72 on Tuesday.

Ariel Yu (+3) tied for 36th, Tess Davenport (+7) tied for 60th and Jayna Choi (+28) came in 93rd.

Vanderbilt will now look forward to the Mason Rudolph Championship scheduled for Sept. 24-26 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.

“Now it’s time to move our focus to hosting the Mason Rudolph which is always a highlight for us to have the opportunity to show off our great golf course,” Allen said.