Former CNMI junior golfer Leina Kim added another feather to her cap, as she was named RMAC Preaseason Golfer of the Year late last month.
Kim in her debut season with the Colorado State University-Pueblo earlier bagged both the RMAC 2012-2013 RMAC Golfer of the Year and Freshman of the Year plums. RMAC stands for Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, a collegiate athletic conference that participates in NCAA Division II.
The conference announced the preseason picks last Aug. 30 (Aug. 31 on Saipan) and also named Kim to the All-RMAC Honors. She got the most votes from the coaches to earn the top spot in selection. Joining the 21-year-old golfer on the elite list were her teammates Domi Dinallo and Michaela Breit, Regis’ Nicole Hulbert and Colorado Christian’s Maria Manrique.
Kim, who was the lone CSU-Pueblo golfer to make it to last season’s NCAA II Division National Championships and finished 28th in the highly-competitive tournament, returned to Colorado last week after a vacation on Saipan. She was on island for over a month and participated in the 2013 Tournament of Champions where she notched her fourth straight Ladies Flight crown and sixth overall in the annual competition after slipping past junior golfer Jeong Yoon Kim by only one stroke.
With the Marianas Baptist Academy graduate now back in Colorado, the Thundewolves are favored to reclaim the RMAC championship in the 2013-2014 season, according to the RMAC Preseason Golf Coaches Poll. CSU-Pueblo lost last year’s title to Western New Mexico and Kim finished third overall in the RMAC Championships.
Kim’s CSU-Pueblo will be competing in the RMAC championship this season against the second-ranked Western New Mexico, Colorado Mesa, Regis, Adams State, Blackhill State, Chadron State, Colorado Christian, Metro State, and UC-Colorado Springs. In the men’s division, CSU-Pueblo is picked second behind Colorado Mines, which is bannered by Preseason Golf of the Year Michael Lee.
Meanwhile, Kim and company will start the season this weekend (Sept. 7 and 8), as they host the first RMAC tournament at the Desert Hawk Golf Course in Pueblo West.