OLD HICKORY, Tenn.— After a long layoff from competitive golf, Lynn Lim wasn’t sure what to expect from her game.
Before her opening round in the Tennessee Girls’ Junior PGA Championship at Old Hickory Country Club on Monday, she predicted she might shoot an 85. Needless to say, she exceeded her expectations.
Lim, a Class of 2022 standout from Gallatin, turned in a two-day total of two-under, 140 to win the tournament for the second time in three years.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been out here playing tournaments, so I wasn’t really planning on winning,” Lim said. “Most of it was trying to get back into the groove of things. I’m glad to have it in the bag. It was super fun and it was nice to see all my friends who live out of town.”
“I’m just kind of like a go-with-the-flow type of person, which is why I was like ‘I’m going to shoot an 85’. I don’t have any expectations when I’m out here. I’m just trying to play my game and have as much fun as I can.”
Lim opened the tournament with a two-under, 69 to hold a three-stroke lead over rising Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett senior Isabella van der Biest.
Tuesday’s final round got off to an inauspicious start for Lim as she bogeyed the first hole and saw van der Biest play the opening three holes in one-under to pull within a stroke. However, Lim got a stroke back with a birdie on No. 4 and increased her lead to four by the turn.
Another Gallatin standout, Kynadie Adams, made a hard charge on the back nine and got to within two strokes of the lead with birdies on 12 and 14. That was as close as she got, though, as Lim closed things out with three straight pars.
Lim admitted that it was fun being back on the course after the long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I slept a lot,” she laughed. “I practiced a little bit, but I wasn’t trying to kill myself over it. My country club had its regulations and I was just trying to be in shape and keep things moving.”
“Just being able to see my friends again (was the highlight). It’s been months since I’ve got to see them in person. Usually by this time of year I’ve seen them numerous times. I haven’t seen them in a while. That’s the memory of this week I’ll take away.”
Adams finished runner-up with a two-day total of even-par, 142 after a closing two-under, 69. Sophie Linder of Carthage also rebounded nicely on day two as she followed up an opening 76 with a 69 to finish alone in third at +3, 145.
Coming in fourth was van der Biest (72-74-146), followed by Claire Henson of Jackson (75-72-147). Rounding out the top ten were Kendall Maynard of Clarksville (76-77-153), Lily Bloodworth of Hendersonville (82-74-156), Emily Wilson (77-79-156), Kyndall Shamblin of Cleveland (78-78-156) and Lexanne Halama of Knoxville (83-76-159).
The finishing order of this year’s top three was exactly the same as it was in 2018 at the Golden Eagle Club in Cookeville. Lynn won the title that year by two strokes over Adams and three over Linder.