Knights’ dynamic duo focuses on building young team | Girls golf
Last updated 4/10/2019 at Noon
The one-two punch of Jane Kim and Regina Park is turning out to be a potent combination for the Kamiak girls golf team.
The two have come into their senior seasons playing some of the best golf of their high school careers.
Kim shot a 5-over-par 77 to take first place at the Whidbey Shootout, the first major tournament of the season, last month. Park finished third with a score of 82.
“It was a good start compared to previous years,” Kim said of how the 2019 season is going. “In previous years, I started pretty tough and I got better as the season continues.”
Kim finished second at the 4A state tournament in 2017 and tied for 36th in 2018. As a freshman, she tied for 17th in 2016.
The Kamiak standout is focused on enjoying his senior season.
“This year I just want to have fun and support the younger girls,” Kim said.
This season likely will be Kim’s last playing competitive golf, though she’ll still is hoping to play recreationally with friends.
Kim practiced a lot during the summer and then took a break during the winter. She was a little concerned that the layoff might impact her play.
“I was surprised I shot a good score (at Whidbey),” she said.
Park stayed busy throughout the offseason. She recently signed a letter of intent to continue her golf career at Western Washington.
The school shot to the top of her college list after she visited the campus.
“It’s just the environment and the team,” Park said. “They have a good work ethic.”
Park tied for 39th at state last year and was a state participant during her sophomore season in 2017.
“They’re our dynamic duo,” Kamiak coach Dan Murnan said. “The two seniors, we’re really counting on to lead the team.”
The two have taken different paths to their senior seasons.
Murnan described Kim as “our franchise player” who came into the program with a lot of skills.
“She’s been incredible all the way through,” the Kamiak coach said.
Park has worked on her game throughout her four years.
“She’s improved by leaps and bounds,” Murman said.
Sophomores Megan Martin and Kayla Kim are playing at No. 3 and No. 4.
“They’re learning a lot,” Murman said. “They’re really focusing on their short game. They’re learning to play competitively on a weekly basis.”