Ina Kim wins WMGA/MGA Women's Met Am
BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. (June 8, 2016) – Ina Kim prevailed through a rain-filled afternoon at Atlantic Golf Club to win the 15th WMGA/MGA Women’s Met Amateur Championship by three strokes after carding a 1-over 73. Kim, 32 and new to the Met Area, is a summer member at Deepdale and a member of Red Hook Golf Club outside the Met Area. She was playing in her first WMGA/MGA event.
Kim played her first nine 1-under par, and recorded three birdies on her back nine despite testing conditions throughout the afternoon. “The course is very challenging, so I thought if I could play a little bit of target golf before the weather came in, and then see what happens, I thought that would be a good plan,” the champion said. “I felt really good going into today’s championship, and I tried to keep that momentum up even through the rain.”
Ina, a California native, claims she hasn’t played much competitive golf for the past 11 years after graduating from Northwestern where she played on the collegiate level. She lived abroad in London and Hong Kong before moving to Manhattan last year. She was a talented junior golfer and finished as the runner-up in the 2000 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.
Tara Fleming of New Jersey National finished as the runner-up with a score of 4-over 76. Fleming is a former NJSGA Women’s Mid-Amateur champion and has qualified for and competed in a number of U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Champions over recent years.
Fifteen-year-old Malina Rudra, a member of the WMGA Foundation’s Fellowship program, was the low net winner. She recorded a net 70 after carding a 78 (gross).
Atlantic Golf Club, site of the 2010 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, played to a par 72 at 5,609 yards for the field of 78 players.
The WMGA/MGA Women’s Met Amateur Championship is conducted over 18 holes of stroke play and the trophy is award to the low gross winner. The Championship is open to all Women Amateurs residing in the WMGA/MGA territory with a maximum USGA Handicap Index of 12.0 according to the May 15, 2016 handicap revision.
The MGA and WMGA partnered together in 2012 to co-administer the event, which has grown in popularity since its inception in 2002 to become one of the premiere amateur women’s events in the Met Area. For more information on the event, please visit www.wmga.com