Kentucky women’s golf wins Bettie Lou Evans Invitational


The women’s golf teams wins the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational tournament on October 7th, 2018. Photo by Mark Mahan | UK Athletics

Braden Ramsey

It was a great weekend for the women of the Kentucky women’s golf team, as they captured the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational for the 12th time. The win was the first for the Cats in the event since 2011, and their first team title since 2013.

“I am just so proud of these girls that I am having a hard time finding words,” head coach Golda Borst said in a UK press release. “I was trying to tell them how I feel and I am just having a hard time finding them. But I am just unbelievably happy… just extremely grateful for my girls being able to hang in there and stay tough.”

Kentucky notched a score of 858– six-under par– through 54 holes, setting a course record with the performance. Senior Leonie Bettel led the way, shooting 11-under par (205) for the weekend, giving her a second consecutive individual championship.

“We just gave it our all,” Bettel said in a UK press release. “It’s our only home tournament we have during the year. You just want to give it your best, especially because it is at home and in front of our home crowd on home soil. We know this inside and out and we just wanted to give everything. It definitely worked out.”

Bettel’s first victory came in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship three weeks ago. With this one, she became the first Wildcat to win multiple tournaments in the same season since Lauri Berles in 1995-1996. 

Junior Sarah Shipley set a career-low of 218– two-over par– to tie fellow Wildcat Rikke Svejgard Nielson in 14th place. Freshman Casey Ott shot 222, set personal best marks and tied for 28th, while Junior Josephine Chang put up 224 and tied for 32nd.

Kentucky heads to Dallas Oct. 29-31 for their last tournament before winter break, the Trinity Forest Invitational hosted by SMU. They Cats will look to continue their season there with another strong performance.