Kim seals win at R&A Girls’ Under 16 Championship

England’s Rosie Bee Kim has added to her trophy haul for 2021 with victory at The R&A Girls’ Under 16 Amateur Championship.

In a thrilling finish to the event at Enville Golf Club in Staffordshire, Kim, already English Under 14 Girls’ champion, underlined her huge potential by making birdie at the final hole and signing for a one under par round of 71.

That gave the 14-year-old a 54-hole total of 216 (Level) following opening rounds of 74 and 71 and a two-shot margin of victory from nearest challenger, Woburn’s Roisin Scanlon.

Ellen Yates from West Hill made a late charge with birdie and eagle at the final two holes to climb into a share of third spot alongside Farrington Park’s Frankie Dezis, Germany’s Philippa Gollan and Scotland’s Grace Crawford.

Dezis – who led at one stage on the back nine and had high hopes of winning herself – played superbly all week but will rue three dropped shots in the final two holes as Kim edged ahead.

For Kim – playing out of the Buckinghamshire Golf Club – it was another sign that her amateur career is on the right path.

“It’s a big milestone for me in becoming the player I want to be so I’m very happy with this” – Rosie Bee Kim

In July, she was crowned English Under 14 Girls’ champion after a runaway victory at Morecambe Golf Club..

Kim took that title just a week after missing out on the English Girls’ Under 18 title at Malton and Norton Golf Club when Patience Rhodes pipped her to the trophy by a single shot.

Kim started the final day at Enville tied for the lead with Dezis.

Scanlon and English Under 16 champion Maggie Whitehead (pictured below) were another shot back.

At times on the final day all four girls were able to hit top spot, but while her rivals faltered it was Kim who held her nerve to come home in one under par and take the title.

She said: “I think steady golf won it for me, no drama and consistency. Those are my strong points.

“It was nerve wracking on the 18th but I knew the scores and what I had to do.

“Having the experience of playing in these big events is great for me.

“This year has been a big milestone, definitely my best season yet so here’s hoping for a successful future.”

This win was a sure sign of progress for Kim who played for GB&I earlier this year in the Junior Vagliano trophy and is on the England Golf player pathway.

Back in 2018 and aged just 10 she played in this event and won the under 12 section. She retained that title in 2019, but now at the third time of asking has stepped up to win the main prize.

“It sounds amazing to be champion and I’m very proud of myself,” she added.

“This is probably my biggest win so far. It’s a big milestone for me in becoming the player I want to be so I’m very happy with this.

“If I went back in time to 2018 and told myself that I was going to win the main title in 2021 I probably wouldn’t have believed myself. To have this achievement is really good.”

 

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