TEMPE, Ariz. - Hannah Kim of Chula Vista, Calif. shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take the lead after the second round of the 42nd annual Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship presented by the AB Farrington Foundation.
The 16-year-old Kim, a junior at Otay Ranch High School, had nine birdies on the ASU Karsten Golf Club course, and is at 7-under overall going into Sunday's final round of the prestigious tourney for female golfers from ages 13 to 23.
Right behind Kim is Angel Yin, 14, of Arcadia, Calif., who also shot a 66 on Saturday and is one shot behind the leader. Yin, an eighth-grader, shared the Silver Belle title a year ago after tying University of Virginia golfer Briana Mao following eight playoff holes.
At 5-under is University of Tulsa golfer Kristina Merkle, 21, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Coastal Carolina University freshman Marissa Hinchman, 18, of Lodi, Calif. is at 4-under for the tournament.
Krystal Quihuis, 16, of Tucson, who won the Arizona Division II high school golf title earlier this fall, shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to move to 3-under for the tournament, tied for fifth. Also in that group of five golfers at 3-under is Gonzaga University freshman Raychelle Santos, 18, of La Quinta, Calif., who shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday.
Also at 3-under going into Sunday are Stephanie Lau, 15, of Fullerton, Calif., Amy Lee, 15, of Brea, Calif., and Lydia Choi, 16, of Beverly Hills, Calif.
A field of 112, including many top-ranked junior golfers, were entered in the 54-hole tournament that concludes on Sunday.
The Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event -- 18 holes over three days. The Silver Belle is unique in that there are both age division winners and an overall champion after the three days of competition. It is also unique in that juniors have the opportunity to compete alongside collegiate players. The Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship is a nationally ranked TITLEIST/GOLFWEEK MAGAZINE points event.
For more information and results during the tournament, please visit www.azsilverbelle.com