Seven years after starting her junior golf career, Crowley High School graduate Kyong Kim needed a break this summer from competition.
She didn’t play in any events after struggling in the UIL state tournament in April, made swing changes with a new coach and spent some quality time “just relaxing.”
All that added up to a second-round, 3-under 69 on Tuesday at the Ridglea Country Club Family Course and a two-shot lead (146) after 36 holes of the Fort Worth Girls Junior Tournament.
Kim, who will be a freshman at North Texas in the fall, will try to hold off Kennedy Pedigo of Fort Worth and Arlington Martin’s Trinity King at Shady Oaks Country Club on Wednesday for the title.
“I think I just got burned out,” Kim said. “Not necessarily with golf, but just everything surrounding it, and I’ve been working pretty hard for seven years.”
Both the work and the rest showed up Tuesday, with Kim making seven birdies against four bogies and overtaking King, the first-round leader who shot 77 on Tuesday.
Kim’s round included a front-nine 34 and some strong iron play.
I feel like I could have been much lower today. I had three three-putts and struggled with my driver Monday, but the consistency has really come around.
North Texas signee Kyong Kim, who has a two-stroke lead after 36 holes.
“The main reason I wanted to make the swing changes was making the jump from high school to college,” Kim said. “We have a new coach and I know he’s got my back for the next four years. I don’t want to disappoint him.”
King shot 73 on Monday at Woodhaven Country Club, and Kim sat four back after a 77.
But Pedigo backed up her first-round 75 with a 73 in the blustery conditions and sits within striking distance.
“The changes have really started to come around, and I feel really good about my game,” Kim said. “I feel like I could have been much lower today, I had three three-putts and struggled with my driver Monday, but the consistency has really come around.”
Aysis Azarcon from Mansfield Timberview shot 73 Tuesday and is fourth place with a two-day total of 152. She will play in the second-to-last group today
Trophy Club’s Alexandra Batista, a Stephen F. Austin signee, struggled to an 80 after a first-round 78 and will have work to do if she wants to challenge Kim.