Sihwan Kim Ties For Sixth In The Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational
July 28, 2008
COLUMBUS, Ohio - First year standout Sihwan Kim finished in a seven-way tie for sixth place yesterday at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational, competing as an amateur in his first PGA event. Kim fired a two-under-par 282 over four rounds at The Ohio State University's par-71 Scarlet Course, recording two under-par rounds and one even-par in the tournament.
Kim, Stanford's second freshman ever to be named an All-American, entered the final round tied for 29th place with even-par, and shot a two-under-par 69 to earn the best finish of the seven All-American sponsor invitees and the four amateurs playing in the event. After an even-par front nine, Kim birdied the 10th and made eagle at the 12th when he holed a 25-foot chip from just off the green. A bogey at No. 13 dropped him back to two-under where he eventually finished.
'I tried really hard to prepare for college golf because I saw a lot of guys fading away after they get into college,' he said. 'I learned from Coach (Conrad) Ray, who used to play on the Nationwide Tour, about game management and the mental game also.'
Bill Lunde, a UNLV graduate, captured the tournament title with one-stroke victory over Dustin Bray. Lunde shot 67-72-67-73--279 Sunday for a 5-under-par total. The three other amateurs in the weekend field, Rickie Fowler (72), Rory Hie (74), and Jamie Lovemark (76) finished tied for 40th, tied for 45th and 69th, respectively.