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Kim comes back strong but falls short

NORTH PLAINS - Rebecca Kim came back and played better, but it wasn't enough.

Kim, a 2006 Tigard graduate and three-time Class 4A girls golf state champion, failed to qualify for match place at the 2006 Women's Amateur Championship, which started Monday at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

The top 64 placers from Monday and Tuesday's stroke play qualifying rounds advanced to match play, which began on Wednesday.

Kim, who will play at Duke University starting in the fall, got off to a rough start in Monday's first round of play, as she had a 12-over-par score of 83 strokes for the day.

Kim came back strong to start play in Tuesday's second round of stroke play qualifying. She shot a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine, but finished the round with a 5-over-par score of 76. That put her at 17-over-par 159 for the two days, leaving her in a tie for 113th place out of 156 competitors.

Prior to playing in the U.S. Amateur event, Kim placed fourth, with a 1-over-par 73, at Safeway Classic Amateur Open, held Friday at Langdon Farms in Aurora.

Tualatin grad Kate Hildahl was 16th with a round of 79.