19 Jul 2021 | Professional golf | Amateur golf |

Aussies on Tour: Kim wins, Drewitt top-10 again

by PGA of Australia

Grace Kim and Brett Drewitt.

By Tony Webeck

Amateur Grace Kim continues to rack up professional victories while Brett Drewitt took another step towards a return to the PGA Tour with a third top-10 finish in his past four starts on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Continuing the recent run of success enjoyed by Aussie golfers and her own scintillating form, Kim claimed her second All Womens Pro Tour title and third pro win in the US with a three-stroke victory at the Texarkana Children’s Charities Open in Arizona.

With a professional career beckoning, Kim followed up her round of 7-under 64 in the third round at Northridge Country Club with an even par round of 72 at Texarkana Country Club, bouncing back from two early bogeys to clinch a comfortable win.

Expected to turn professional ahead of LPGA Tour Qualifying School that begins in August in California, the 2021 Australian Amateur champion is currently 30th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, the highest position the 20-year-old has achieved to date.

As Kim eyes the beginning of her pro career, Drewitt is plotting a return to the PGA Tour in 2022.

The defending champion at the Memorial Health Championship in Illinois, Drewitt showed his affinity with the Panther Creek Country Club layout to finish tied for sixth to move to 22nd on the moneylist.

Starting with this week’s Price Cutter Charity Championship there are three more events in the Korn Ferry Tour’s 2020/2021 regular season, the top 25 after the Pinnacle Bank Championship to earn promotion to the PGA Tour next season.

Drewitt began the final round in a tie for fifth and six strokes off the lead, two birdies on the front nine and an eagle at the par-5 16th adding up to a round of 4-under 67 and a total of 17-under, the New South Welshman making just one bogey for the week.

West Australian Minjee Lee teamed with Women’s US Open champion Yuka Saso to finish fifth at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on the LPGA Tour and Blake Windred remains in contention for promotion to the European Tour in 2022 after securing a tie for 11th at the Challenge Tour’s Euram Bank Open in Austria.

Results

Womens All Pro Tour

Texarkana Children’s Charities Open

Texarkana Country Club, Texarkana, Arizona

Winner Grace Kim (a)    72-68-64-72—276        

MC       Laura Hoskin     78-79—157

PGA TOUR

Barbasol Championship

Keene Trace Golf Club, Nicholasville, Kentucky

Winner Seamus Power  65-68-67-67—267         $US630,000

Won on the sixth hole of sudden death

T31      Greg Chalmers  66-71-67-71—275         $20,475

T42      Cameron Percy 67-69-71-71—278         $12,425

MC       Aaron Baddeley 71-71—142

MC       John Senden     70-74—144

MC       Rhein Gibson    71-74—145

LPGA Tour

Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational

Midland Country Club, Midland, Michigan

Winners           Ariya Jutanugarn/Moriya Jutanugarn     67-59-71-59—256         $US553,076

5          Minjee Lee/Yuka Saso   69-65-66-62—262         $96,833

T33      Sarah Kemp/Alena Sharp          72-64-72-65—273         $9,911

T35      Katherine Kirk/Amy Olson         73-63-68-70—274         $8,846

MC       Sarah Jane Smith/Pernilla Lindberg       70-68—138

Korn Ferry Tour

Memorial Health Championship

Panther Creek Country Club, Springfield, Illinois

Winner Taylor Moore    66-66-60-65—257         $US108,000

T6        Brett Drewitt    65-67-64-67—263         $17,880

MC       Harrison Endycott         73-67—140

MC       Jamie Arnold     72-69—141

MC       Brett Coletta     70-72—142

Challenge Tour

Euram Bank Open

GC Adamstal, Ramsau, Austria

Winner Stuart Manley   67-65-65-65—262         €30,400

​T11      Blake Windred  66-65-68-69—268         €3,515

T55      David Micheluzzi           67-72-70-68—277         €712

Ladies European Tour

Gant Ladies Open

Aura Golf, Turku, Finland

Winner Matilda Castren 71-69-68—208  €30,000           

MC       Amy Walsh       77-75—152

MC       Victoria Fricot   86-80—166

Symetra Tour

Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic

Brook Lea Country Club, Rochester, New York

Reduced to 36 holes due to rain

Winner Emma Broze     67-65—132      $US26,250

T24      Julienne Soo     69-68—137      $1,494

MC       Gabriela Ruffels 72-68—140

MC       Robyn Choi       71-69—140

MC       Hira Naveed      69-71—140

MC       Stephanie Na    66-76—142

MC       Soo Jin Lee        70-73—143

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