Jan. 3, 2014
Arizona Silver Belle Championship Results
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A current Northwestern freshman and pair of future Wildcats competed at the Arizona Silver Belle Championship, played at the Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz. NU freshman Kacie Komoto tied for 11th in stroke play, finishing at 3-under 213, while incoming freshmen Sarah Cho and Hannah Kim both placed in the top 25, tying for 17th and 24th, respectively.
Played at the par-72, 6,195-yard Whirlwind Golf Club, the 54-hole tournament spanned from Dec. 28-30, 2013.
Komoto had a consistent first round, carding pars on every hole except for a bogey on the par-3, 180-yard fourth hole to finish day one at 1-over 73. She then cut four strokes off her score in the second round, posting a 3-under 69. Her scorecard for round two contained five birdies and 11 pars as she made the cut for the third and final round. On the final 18, Komoto finished strong with another round under par at 1-under 71. She added three more birdies and had an impressive back nine with a birdie and eight pars, including seven straight.
The Honolulu, Hawaii native played in four tournaments for the Wildcats during the fall season with a 74.50 average. Her low round of 69 came at the Stanford Intercollegiate (Oct. 25-27) and she had one top-20 showing, tying for 18th at the season-opening Dick McGuire Invitational.
Cho, who is one of the highest-ranked players to sign with Northwestern as she is ranked fourth nationally and first in the state of California for the class of 2014 by Junior Golf Scoreboard, will join the Wildcats in the fall of 2014.
At the Arizona Silver Belle Championship, the San Diego, Calif., native, began with a 1-over 73 in the first round, using three birdies to counter two bogeys and a double bogey. She also improved her score during round two to make the cut, carding a 1-under 70. Cho was 2-under through the back nine with six pars and three birdies. She added two more birdies on the front nine to wrap up the round. During the third and final round, Cho had a consistent scorecard with eight pars and a birdie on the front nine and wrapped up with seven pars, a bogey and birdie on the back nine to go 1-over for the round and finish even for the tournament. She finished the tournament at an even 216.
Kim was two strokes behind Cho at 2-over 218 to tie for 24th. After opening with a 3-over 75, Kim improved her score in each of the next two rounds. In the second round, she had all pars on the front nine, another on hole No. 10 and birdied the 11th hole. She added four more pars and a birdie to wrap up the round at an even 72. During the third and final round, the Chula Vista, Calif., native used three birdies 13 pars to post her best round of the tournament at 1-under 71.
Kim is another highly-ranked recruit joining head coach Emily Fletcher's squad for the 2014-15 season. She currently ranks No. 9 nationally and third in the state of California in her class by Junior Golf Scoreboard.
Komoto and the 2013-14 Wildcats resume their season with their annual Alumni Match exhibition, Saturday, Jan. 25 in West Palm Beach, Fla. They will follow that up with a dual match on Sunday, Feb. 9, and get back to tournament action at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Mar, P.R., from Feb. 16-18.
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