Golf Bucks County

By Bob Oliver

Middletown Country Club

Middletown is a compact 80 acres of challenging golf, with rolling hills and large specimen trees that have watched many golfers travel its fairways over time. It has retained its old time feel with tees and greens in close proximity, allowing golfers to walk the course if they choose.

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A. Lim Kim a US Open Champion

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There is something special about women's golf.  Maybe it's the fact the women play a different game than their male counterparts.  

 

The LPGA does not feature long-bombers, smoking 350 yard drives.  No, the women hit the ball well, have  to perfect long iron play, and maneuver their way around greens.  The 75th United States Women's Open was a great example of strong golf over a difficult Champions Golf Club in Houston, TX. 

 

Only four players managed to break par.  And it took three consecutive birdies on the final three holes for South Korean A. Lin Kim5 to emerge victorious; She claimed the Mickey Wright championship golf medal by a single stroke over American Amy Olsen (69-72-71-72--284) and countrywoman Jin Lim Young2.  Third round leader Hinako Shibino was at 1-under-par. 

 

It was Kim's first major championship in her first attempt in the US Women's Open. "An absolute thrill. My third round was disappointment. Today I attacked course and made some putts," said the champion, who became the 10th Major Championship winner from South Korea in the last 16 years. 

 

Olson was heroic in her final round.  She held the lead with nine holes to go but a bogey on 16 hurt almost as much as Kim's closing birdies. 

 

"Honestly, 16 hurt, but I hit a good shot (that turned into a bogey)," said the woman who was playing with a heavy heart as her father-in-law passed away late Saturday night. 

 

Olson played superb golf, but came up short while seeking her first LPGA win in 147 tries.  

 

A year ago at Seaview Olson said she was "close" and "would win" soon.  It's only a matter of time. 

 

At Champions difficult conditions sent scores higher, as Sunday's final round was delayed until a Monday finish that saw rain, cold and wind bedazzle the players.  Still, credit to the USGA for its having the Open, abit six months late due to COVID. 

 

Only four of 66 players who made the 36-hole cut finished under par, fitting of the difficulty of a US Open.  There were thrills and spills and greast and not so great shots throughout.  A Champion at Champions emerged, in A. Lim Kim.