Roundup: GHS golf's Kim leads at state

Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 12:22 a.m.

Prior to the start of the FHSAA Class 2A boys golf state tournament, Gainesville High coach Phillip Knight said he wasn't sure how his top player, Pureun Kim would rank among the state's elite.

After Tuesday's opening round at the Mission Inn Resort and Club, El Campeon course, Knight has a pretty good idea.

Kim fired a four-under 68 to lead the 96-golfer field after the first day of the two-day event held in Howey-in-the-Hills.

Despite battling 20-25 mph winds, the sophomore posted his best career-round and was the only golfer to shoot under par on the day.

“It was unbelievable. To play that course with one bogey to me, was just an incredible round,” Knight said. “The wind didn't affect his approach, he just kept playing. He was definitely in a zone.”

The South Korean-born Kim, shot a 36, with eight pars and one bogey on the first nine holes. On the back nine, he had five birdies and four pars to finish with a 32 to cap his big day.

Kim is the first GHS boys golfer to qualify for state as individual in at least a decade. Today, Kim will attempt to become the first area golfer to win an individual state title in boys golf. He holds a four-stroke lead on Joshua Lee (72) of Orange Park Fleming Island and a six-stroke advantage on Ramsey Touchberry (74) of Bradenton Lakewood Ranch.

“You have a sophomore at the biggest event in the state and he stepped up. I think he understood the enormity of it and he responded to it,” Knight said. “If he plays (today) like he did (Tuesday), I think he is going to be tough to beat.”

Class 2A girls state tournament: Buchholz sophomore Tatiana Pineda shot a four-over-par 76 and is in a three-way tie for fourth place after the first day of the state tournament at the Mission Inn Resort and Club, Las Colinas course.

As a team, the Bobcats shot a 336 and are in fourth place, 12 strokes behind tournament-leading Niceville. Jessica Thomas shot an 84 and is in a six-way tie for 29th place, while Kathryn Gagnon (87) and Gaby Amos (89) rounded the Bobcats' top-four finishers. West Boca Raton's Alexandra Papell leads the 96-golfer field after day one, with a 71.

Class 1A girls state tournament: Oak Hall sophomore Taylor Tomlinson finished with a five-over-par 77 and is tied for 12th after the first day of the state tournament at the Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake.

The Eagles are in the 10th place with a 362, while defending Class 1A state champion Windermere Prep is atop the 16-team field with a 299.

For Oak Hall, Caroline Holloway shot a 91, Chandler Whitefield 95 and Stephanie Kim added a 99. Shannon Aubert of Windermere Prep is leading the field with a 72 after day one.

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