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Kim, Danielson reach third round of U.S. Amateur event

 

Stanford junior Lauren Kim didn't actually qualify for the United States Women's Amateur golf championships in Glen Cove, N.Y. Once she got in, though, she took full advantage.

Kim advanced to the Round of 16 on Thursday by defeating her Cardinal teammate and fellow junior Mariah Stackhouse, 4 and 3.

"It's always tough playing a teammate and one of my best friends," Kim told the event's official website. "We're always competing with each other on and off the course. It's nice to be able to play one on one and see how games match up. I know she didn't play the way she wanted to, and that's kind of a bummer."

Kim won despite a rule infraction, in which she called on herself. On the 11th hole, Kim addressed her ball in the rough and saw it move slightly, a no-no.

Kim was the first alternate out of her sectional qualifying tournament and was in a different part of the country, visiting with Stanford teammate Casey Danielson, when she received word she'd moved up.

That was convenient, since Danielson also played in the tournament, winning her first two matches before falling to Kristen Gillman, 5 and 3. Gillman is the 16-year-old who set a tournament record in winning the Junior GPA championship last week. She's committed to Alabama.

Danielson led for three holes before Gillman recorded three birdies and an eagle over the next four holes.

Kim lost in a playoff with Kaley In for the final spot in the amateur tournament. She qualified when another player from her section became fully exempt, opening the way.

"Lauren wasn't messing up," Stackhouse told the website. "I knew I was going to have to bring it, and I didn't. I had to have some birdies. I hit greens, but didn't make any putts. I didn't come close to the hole."

Kim lost, 2 up, to Pepperdine grad Grace Na in her Round of 16 match Thursday. Na was a four-time All-American who took the lead on the first hole and held on as Kim had a chance to even things on the final hole.

Men's golf

Incoming Stanford freshman Franklin Huang shot a three-day total of 209 and won the California State Junior golf championship, which concluded Wednesday in Fresno.

Huang, who placed sixth at the U.S. Open local qualifying tournament in Lakeside recently, took the lead after shooting a 5-under 67 on Tuesday. It was the low round of the tournament.

The All-American golfer recorded an eagle, 12 birdies and 34 pars en route to the state title.

Huang became the first boys' player from his high school, Rancho Bernardo, to win a San Diego Section title in late May.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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