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Posted at 3:57 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Kimberly Kim advances; Kono, Chun out

Advertiser Staff

Kimberly Kim, a 13-year-old from the Big Island, was the lone Hawai'i golfer to advance out of Wednesday's rounds in the 57th U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.

Kim, of Pahoa, ousted Annie Brophy of Spokane, Wash., 4 and 2, in the Round of 32.

Earlier, in the Round of 64, Kim went on a birdie barrage to eliminate Pearl City's Mari Chun, 7 and 6.

Stephanie Kono, a Punahou School sophomore, won in the morning round, but was eliminated in the afternoon round by In-Bee Park of Las Vegas, Nev., 3 and 2.

Kim will play Park Thursday's Round of 16. If Kim wins, she advances to the quarterfinals later in the day.

Kim had an impressive day.

Against Chun, she recorded six birdies. Kim had three in a row (Nos. 3 to 5) to take control. She later had three birdies in a four-hole stretch (from Nos 7 to 10).

In the afternoon match against Brophy, Kim had four more birdies, including the 15th and 16th holes to close out the match.

Kono had only one birdie in her 6-and-5 victory over Henna Cho of Cerritos, Calif.

Kono's match against Park was all-square through eight holes. Park then took control with a par and birdie on the ninth and 10th holes to take control.