Grace Kim has marched into the Women’s NSW Amateur final, while for Queensland’s Lisa Edgar, it is a first final and a day she has been waiting for for a long time.
Kim had a battle on her hands with the Kiwi Vivian Lu all afternoon.
After seemingly controlling early, Lu unleashed a run of four birdies to go from 3-dwn to 1-up in the middle of the round.
It took all of the Australian representative’s mettle to wrest back control, which she did with a conceded birdie and a couple of clutch putts late in the back nine. Kim sealed the deal with a 2&1 win on the 17th.
“Getting this far, I’m pretty happy with myself,” Kim said after the match.
Kim is looking to become the first NSW player to win the title since a 14-year-old Doey Choi prevailed back in 2014. She is aware of the significance of the championship and won’t be going in lightly.
“It is a personal goal to win my home state amateur.
“I rate it highly, it is up there,” she grinned.
Kim’s opponent tomorrow, Edgar, was thrilled to make the final after a tough battle with Korean Min A Yoon.
“It doesn’t feel quite real yet, but I’m sure it will sink in,” she smiled.
Edgar was taken to the 18th this afternoon by the big hitting Yoon, eventually winning 2-up.
She is well aware of the daunting reputation of her opponent in the final, and will take the match one step at a time.
“I know she (Kim) is a great player.
“I haven’t played with her before, so I’ll have to see how it goes tomorrow.
“I’ll just hit it down the middle and hopefully make some putts,” she smiled.