Kim Williams of Bethesda Country Club shot even-par 73 in difficult, windy conditions at Prince Georges Country Club for a seven-stroke victory in the 74th Women's Eastern Golf Association championship yesterday.
Williams' 54-hole total of 219 also matched par and easily outdid Caroline Keggi of Waterbury, Conn., who was second at 78 -- 226.
For Williams, 22, a resident of Potomac, this is a third national-level women's title in two years. After narrowly losing in the final of last summer's U.S. Women's Amateur, she won the Canadian Amateur. This season she has won the Southern Amateur, and now the Eastern.
What's left? The Western. Williams departs today for that tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich. She also is an automatic qualifier for the upcoming U.S. Women's Open, and likely will be named to the U.S. Curtis Cup team.
Williams, at 6 feet, 160 pounds, opted to pursue golf over basketball, and her display yesterday left little doubt she chose well.
"I thought it would be close," said Williams, who plans to transfer from Mississippi State to Florida International in Miami for her senior year. She cites a year-round golf season and better courses to play.
Williams credited Bethesda clubmate and strong area player Dave King with helping her with her swing. "I was picking the club up too quickly on my backswing," she said.
King will caddy for Williams in the women's U.S. Open next month at Baltusrol in New Jersey.
"There wasn't much I could do," watching Williams' margin keep growing from two strokes, said University of New Mexico player Keggi.