July 1, 2013
THOMPSONVILLE, Mich. -- Junior Kimberly Dinh returned to her home state and made a big statement. The Midland's Mich., native was sixth overall with a 1 under 72-72-71--215 in the Michigan PGA Women's Open Championship that finished June 26 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Mich.
Dinh was the low amateur in the field, and she shot the lowest score of the 41 Michigan golfers who competed in the field of 87. The 215 was a 54-hole personal best.
Former Buckeye golfer Inhong Lim of Beavercreek, Ohio, won the first hole of a sudden-death playoff against Corie Hou of Sydney, Australia, after both golfers shot 212 in regulation.
Dinh, who won an individual state golf championship at Dow High School, is entering her junior year of eligibility at the University of Wisconsin. She won her first collegiate individual title last spring at the BYU Entrada Classic in St. George, Utah, shooting an even par 72-70-74--216.
The redshirt-sophomore ranked third on the team in scoring averaging 77.22 in 2012-13. She was a member of the UW's NCAA championship qualifying team where she was the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship.
Dinh, a chemical engineering major at Wisconsin, currently carries a 4.0 GPA. She was presented with the award during the NCAA Division I Women's Golf banquet on Sunday in Athens, Ga. The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Dinh is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, two time Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar, and two-time National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar.