|Kim wins WAC title|
MESA, Ariz. - University of Idaho junior Leilanie Kim shot an even-par 72 during the final day of the Western Athletic Conference Championship Tournament to win the individual title with a 54-hole total 224.
The Vandals, who struggled on the greens, had a closing day 305 but couldn't keep pace with eventual champion New Mexico State. Idaho finished second with a three-day 926, while the Aggies won with a 920.
"We just didn't play well enough," coach Lisa Johnson said, "and New Mexico State played great. The nerves kind of showed up in the putting."
Johnson said the Vandals had three four-putts on the day and failed to convert on other opportunities.
"We had tons of birdie opportunities. We just didn't convert."
Kim's even-par round included four birdies and four bogeys as she won by four strokes and was voted the WAC Player of the Year.
"She really stepped up today and showed she is the best player in the WAC," Johnson said. "She played awesome. I couldn't be prouder."
Also for the Vandals, Cassie McKinley earned first-team all-conference honors with her tie for third at 229. Freshman Amy Hasenhoehrl tied for eighth with a 236, Kaitlyn Oster tied for 12th with a 237, and Kristin Strankman tied for 18th with a 245.