GBS freshman keeps pace
Glenbrook South's Rachel Kim follows through during the Carmel Sectional at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan on Monday. She shot a 95. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 12, 2012 11:40AM
WINNETKA — The most competitive foursome at the New Trier girls golf regional included three golfers who finished in a tie for 15th at 2011’s state meet and a freshman.
Arina Kim, a freshman at Glenbrook South, was the fourth member of that grouping.
Kim has moved throughout the Titans’ lineup during her first season of high school golf largely because the team’s golfers are so evenly matched. But Glenbrook South girls golf coach Kelly Lowery didn’t have any reservations about putting Kim against some of the state’s top golfers because of her ability to stay calm regardless of the situation or opponents.
“I think her mental game is incredible, for being as young as she is and being put in the position where she’s constantly playing with the top golfers,” said Lowery, when asked what Kim does particularly well. “I think that speaks volumes. She doesn’t rattle. She’s really good about recognizing that maybe if she struggles on a hole, she can make it back up later by being patient.”
Like a veteran, Kim approached her round at regionals like any other round. She played confidently and shot an 85 to advance to sectionals, where she shot a 91 and tied for 44th.
Kim, like a veteran golfer, took a simple approach to playing some of the state’s best players at regionals.
“I just thought of it as just another meet or invite,” Kim said. “At first I was kind of worried because they’re really good, but I’ve played against a lot of good golfers before, so I just played it like any other game. I just tried my best.”