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8A - Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

Kim leads Cichigan to
close fourth-place finish

After winning first career individual collegiate green.I
victory. into th
individual title at one week later, at the Rod nating
Myers Invitational in Durham,
last tournamlent, NC, Kim found himself in a simi-
Kim faltr lar position. His team had already
Kifalters on No. 18 locked upa fourth-place finish, but "W
with just one hole to play, Kim was
By KEVIN RAFTERY one stroke behind North Carolina t
Daily Sports Writer State freshman Albin Choi for the
individual title. He would need a MU
It seemed so familiar. birdie on the par-four 18th to put
Just one week ago at the Win- the pressure on Choi and force a 1
don Memorial Classic, Michigan possible playoff hole.
senior Lion Kim stood at the tee Unfortunately for Kim, Mon-
of the 18th hole, needing a par to day's end result was far different
give his team its first victory of the from last week's. hole an
season. Faced with a 180-yard second "I r
Kim drilled a 40-foot putt to shot, Kim pulled out his six iron myself;
give his team the win and earn his and tried to hit a high cut into the to at lea


But he pulled the shot left ment, but I just hit a poor second
.e bunker, virtually elimi- shot," Kim said. "It was a risky
his chance to birdie the shot, but it was either goingto beI
win or I don't. I wasn't really wor-
ried about finishing in the top-five
or top-10."
e played better Kim went on to bogey the hole
and finished the tournament tied
than pretty for fifth with a final round 72 and
a tournament score of 3-under 213,
ich everybody two strokes behind Choi.
"I hit a lot of iron shots, but I
n the field." just couldn't make any putts," Kim
said. "I honestly feel like I gave
away the individual title of this
tournament, but I'll learn from
d tie Choi for the lead. this. The positive thing is that I
eally just wanted to give still feel like I didn't play my best
a good look at a birdie putt and in the end I still contended for
ast try to tie for the tourna- the tournament. It just shows that
I can still contend for any tourna-
ment that I play in, even when I
don't have my 'A' game."
In the first round on Sunday,
Kim was not alone at the top of
the leaderboard for Michigan.
Junior Matt Thompson, sopho-
more Jack Schultz, sophomore
Rahul Bakshi and freshman Joey
Garber all posted scores under
par, propelling the Wolverines
into a second-place ranking, five
strokes behind Iowa.
But Michigan could not keep
its momentum going into the sec-
ond round on Sunday, as Thomp-
son, Garber and Bakshi all were
plagued by costly double-bogeys.
Kim was the only Wolverine
under par and Michigan ended
the round with a five-over 293.
"We had to count a 78 (in the
second round)," Sapp said. "On a
golf course like this and against
teams that are playing well, if
you're counting a six-over par as
one of your top four scores dur-
ing the round, that's going to hurt
Despite the less-than-stellar
second round, the Wolverines
were still only 12 total strokes
behind first-place Iowa. And a
notable final round would have
given Michigan a chance at the
But the 12-stroke deficit turned
out to be too steep of a hill to
climb, as the Hawkeyes ran away
with the title with a tournament
total of 13-under 851- five strokes
ahead of second-place North Car-
olina State and 10 strokes ahead of
the fourth-placeWolverines.
"We wanted to come out and
shoot a good score and make the
leaders catch us," Sapp said. "We
played better than pretty much
everybody in the field in the final
round, but (Sunday) really hurt
us. We needed the leaders to give
us a little more help today."
Though Michigan didn't come
away with the victory, the Wol-
verines had a positive tournament
Each player in the starting
lineup posted at least one round
under par, and-that will without
doubt give the team confidence it
heads into the final two weeks of
the fall season.
"We competed to win this
week," Sapp said. "We came up
short, but we beat a lot of good
teams in this field. We want to
keep moving up and keep getting
more trophies in the next couple
of weeks."





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