WEST POINT, Miss. – Seeking to construct on its season-opening efficiency earlier this month, the Kentucky girls’s golf crew will return to motion this week in its second of three fall tournaments.
Starting Monday, the Wildcats will take part in The Ally at Outdated Waverly Golf Membership in West Level, Mississippi. The event is a three-day, 54-hole stroke-play format with all 14 groups from the Southeastern Convention and Southern Miss represented.
The Wildcats will use the identical lineup and order – freshman Laney Frye, sophomores Jensen Fortress and Marissa Wenzler, senior Rikke Svejgård Nielsen, and junior Casey Ott – from this month’s earlier displaying on the Blessings Collegiate Invitational.
There Kentucky completed in eighth place within the 14-team SEC-only subject in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a modest begin to a season the place the Wildcats have large expectations. UK returns the majority of the 2019-20 crew that gained two tournaments, completed runner-up at one other, set new data for crew scoring common and particular person scoring common (Fortress), and posted 10 particular person top-10 showings and 20 top-20 finishes.
At occasions, the Blessings Golf Membership acquired the higher of the Wildcats, however the group appeared to knock off the offseason rust within the second spherical with a 2-over-par 290. Frye led the group by tying for sixth place in her first faculty look.
This week, that very same group will likely be again in motion. The motion tees off Monday at 9:30 a.m. ET with the Wildcats slated for a 9:54 a.m. ET begin off No. 10. Reside scoring will likely be obtainable all through the event at GolfStat.com.
“We’re trying ahead to getting on the street once more,” UK head coach Golda Borst stated. “We had a reasonably fast turnaround from the BCI. The primary event was powerful however an awesome studying expertise. Now we have labored on numerous fundamentals this week and now we’re simply excited that we are going to get to compete once more.”
Mississippi State historically holds an annual event, however this season’s subject could have a barely completely different look to it. After cautious consideration from well being officers, the SEC deemed it protected for league membership to take part in three crew occasions within the fall, however groups are restricted to occasions involving solely SEC members or nonconference groups from the event host’s geographic area.
The renamed MSU event, The Ally, is in honor of former Mississippi State golfer Ally McDonald Ewing, an All-American who set a variety of program data and presently performs on the LPGA Tour.
The backdrop for The Ally will likely be powerful to beat. Constantly showing in each Golfweek’s High 100 and Golf Digest’s High 100 programs, Outdated Waverly Golf Membership is taken into account one of many gems of the South. Designed by Bob Cupp, Outdated Waverly hosted the U.S. Girls’s Beginner Championship in 2019.
Frye will tee off first for the Wildcats after an amazing debut on the BCI in Fayetteville. She navigated one of many hardest programs within the nation, Blessings Golf Membership, in 3-over par, together with a 1-under-par 71 in her first spherical and a 70 within the last spherical to stay within the high 10.
The Lexington native was the highest freshman finisher within the subject, a formidable however not-so shocking feat after a adorned highschool profession. Frye was thought-about the highest golfer out of the state within the class of 2020 after successful the 2018 Kentucky Excessive College Athletic Affiliation state championship with a runner-up end in 2019. She was the anchor behind back-to-back crew state championships for Lexington Christian Academy in 2018 and 2019 and was a two-time Kentucky Miss Golf winner.
Fortress completed exterior the highest 20 for simply the second time in seven faculty occasions on the BCI, however a first-round 80 – simply the best rating of her Kentucky profession – was primarily responsible. Fortress rebounded from that with an even-par 72 within the second spherical and a 76 within the finale. In her first season of school golf, Fortress put collectively probably the greatest years in UK girls’s golf historical past. Whereas setting the college’s new single-season stroke common document with a 71.88 mark, she made the All-SEC First Crew, the Wildcats’ first All-SEC First Crew choose since Cindy Mueller in 1989.
Wenzler, a sophomore, additionally tied for thirty first within the first event of the season. She was simply as impactful as Fortress in her first season at UK, taking part in in a team-high-tying six occasions whereas posting the third-best single-season stroke common in class historical past. She constructed on that this summer time with two championships and two runner-up showings, plus she earned a spot on the prestigious U.S. Girls’s Beginner Championship alongside Fortress.
Svejgård Nielsen and Ott will spherical out the Kentucky lineup and are among the many most skilled gamers on the crew. Every will likely be making their 18th look in a school occasion.
Though each gamers did not produce like they’d have preferred on the BCI, each have the data to show the season-opening event was extra of an anomaly than the rest. Svejgård Nielsen owns a team-high-tying seven profession top-20 finishes. Ott is only one behind and has extra top-10 showings (5) than some other Wildcat. Svejgård Nielsen is the one Wildcat on roster with a person championship in collegiate competitors and Ott led the Wildcats with three top-10 showings a season in the past.
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