June 26, 2014
THOMPSONVILLE, Mich. -- Senior Kimberly Dinh finished in a tie for second after enduring a nearly four hour rain delay at the Michigan PGA Women's Open Championship on June 25 at the Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Mich. Dinh, who recorded a personal best 62 in the opening round of the tournament, finished with an even par 72 for a career best 54-hole score of 9-under par 62-73-72--207.
Dinh had the best 18-hole round of the tournament and finished as the low amateur in the event for a second-straight year. Had the 62 been recorded during a collegiate round, it would have been a school record by three strokes.
The Midland, Mich., native finished sixth in the tournament a year ago and was the low amateur with a then-personal best 72-72-71--215.
Former Notre Dame golfer Becca Huffner, birdied the last two holes for the two-shot win with 72-64-70--205. Ashlan Ramsey also closed with a 72 to tie Dinh at second with 67-68-72--207.
Dinh, who won an individual state golf championship at Dow High School, is entering her senior year of eligibility at the University of Wisconsin. She was the top golfer in two tournaments last season and ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 76.50 strokes per game. She won her first collegiate individual title at the 2013 BYU Entrada Classic in St. George, Utah, shooting an even par 72-70-74--216.
Dinh was a member of the UW's 2013 and 2014 NCAA Regional qualifying teams. She also played in the 2013 NCAA championship where she was the recipient of the Elite 89 award as the student-athlete with the best cumulative grade point average of all participants in the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship
A chemistry and chemical engineering major at Wisconsin, Dinh currently carries a 4.0 GPA. She is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, three-time Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar, and three-time National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar.
She was a 2013 and 2014 Capital One District Academic All-American, and named to the 2014 Capital One All-American second team. A Dean's List honoree every semester, she is a member of the Chi Sigma Alpha, Phi Kappa Phi, Society of Women Engineers, and Chancellor's Scholarship Program.