Kent State golfer takes crown at Jim West Challenge

Ray Strickland

Sophomore women’s golfer Wad Phaewchimplee won the individual title at the Jim West Challenge with an overall score of 2-under-par — the only player to shoot under par in the tournament.

Phaewchimplee played well in the second and third rounds, which had to be played Monday due to bad weather, shooting 5-under-par and 1-under-par in those rounds, respectively.

The Flashes finished in fourth place, tied with a final score of 36-over-par. Texas A&M won the tournament at 22-over-par. 

“When we are playing well, I think we are one of the best teams out there,” Kent State coach Greg Robertson said. “I think we have a lot to look forward to next spring.”

Junior Taylor Kim led the tournament after the first round at 1-under-par. Kim finished in a tie for 13th place at 9-over-par, while senior Jennifer Ha tied for 16th place at 10-over-par.

Sophomore Raksha Phadke shot 23-over-par in the event and tied for 55th place. Senior Natalie Goodson completed the tournament in 64th place with an overall score of 29-over-par.

Playing as an individual, sophomore Maddy Mullins finished in 62nd place at 27-over-par.

The Jim West Challenge wraps up Kent State’s fall 2014 season, and the spring campaign kicks off at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic from Feb. 15 to 17.

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