July 16-21, 2018, Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach, Calif.
San Mateo’s Ashely Shim a Safe Bet for (Well-Rested) Match Play
By Jerry Stewart
San Mateo resident and Junior Tour of Northern California member Ashely Shim had a bit of an extra hop in her step after coming off the 18th green late Tuesday.
Not only was Shim, 14, a safe bet to make her first U.S. Girls’ Junior cut, but she was set to get some extra rest that could come in handy when match play begins.
One of the few to finish her second round, Shim followed up an opening round 72 with an even-par 71, putting her in the clubhouse at 1-over 143 (T-18). The projected cutline, which will come Wednesday morning due to the 4-plus hour fog delay early Tuesday, will probably be around 7-over.
“I haven’t really played here except for casual rounds,” said Shim, who earned her spot at a qualifier in Missouri after competing in a Rolex junior event. “I feel like I’m starting to get more comfortable. Like I know the course more.”
Looking ahead, Shim now gets a chance to rest up. The first round of match play won’t start at its original time due to the delay.
“The extra time will be mixed. You don’t want to fall out of tournament mode, but then again you can sleep in,” Shim said.
No matter the case, the great news is that Shim appears to be moving on. Last year, she missed the stroke play qualifying cut.
“I’m having a great week. Everyone is so nice,” Shim said.
Make sure to keep an eye on the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship leaderboard for live scoring throughout the day.