“It’s bittersweet,” Kim said about placing second in her final Big East tournament. “I had an amazing time playing for this team and I’m really excited to start a new chapter in my life.”
As a team, the Red Storm secured fifth with a three-round total of 992 (+128), which was three strokes better than Creighton.
Kim wrapped up the final round 4-over par to finish with a score of 225 (+9) for the tournament.
Seton Hall clinched its third-straight team title with a team score of 935 (+71), while Georgetown and Xavier rounded out the top-three spots on the team leaderboard.
The two-time First Team All-Big East recipient now has two runner-up trophies at the conference tournament as she placed second in 2014 during her sophomore campaign.
Despite the second place result, Kim felt she did not play her best as she came up three strokes shy of a championship. Shane Crutchfield of Xavier took home the honors after posting a 6-over par (222).
“My game wasn’t the best this week,” Kim added. “I struggled a bit with everything, but I managed to really grind it out on the golf course until the end.”
One of the most renowned golfers in program history, Kim concludes her career with three All-Big East selections, three top-seven finishes at the conference tournament and four career-medals.
Earlier this season, she joined former classmate Harin Lee as the only players in school history to win at least three medals.
Kirsty Beckwith showed no signs of being a rookie in her first-career Big East tournament. The freshman from England saved her best performance for last, shooting a 5-over par final round to climb two spots on the leaderboard and secure an 11th place finish with a score of 238 (+22).
“It was a great confidence boost ending my freshman year strong,” Beckwith said. “I’m very excited to see what I can achieve next season.”
Men finish strong
The St. John’s men’s golf team matched its best finish of the season on Sunday after carding a 285 (+2) final round to close out the Navy Spring Invitational in third place.
Freshman Troy Evans recorded a one-under par (70) during Sunday’s final round to climb seven spots on the leaderboard and tie for third place with an even-par. The third place showing equals the best finish of his young career.
St. John’s heads into next weekend’s Big East Championship playing arguably the best golf of its season.
The three-day championship event begins Sunday at the Callawassie Island Golf Club.