UK women’s golf just misses match play cutoff at SEC Championships

Cody Ryan

The UK women’s golf team shot 49-over par to place ninth at the Southeastern Conference Championship in Birmingham, Alabama.

After sitting in eighth place after Thursday, UK fell six strokes short of reaching eighth place Friday. The top eight teams qualify for match play.

“We fell short today unfortunately,” UK head coach Golda Borst said in a press release. “We knew it was going to be a battle and we made a few too many mistakes coming down the back nine.”

UK managed to get within three strokes of Missouri midway through the back nine when Leonie Bettel and Isabelle Johansson birdied No. 18. However, Missouri was able to hold onto its lead at the end to advance onto match play

“This one will hurt for a while, especially with three seniors in the lineup,” Borst said in the press release. “They have given a lot to our program and they love the Big Blue Nation.”

Sarah Shipley posted a 74 in the third round with three birdies. Shipley notched a four-over par 220 for the week and finished tied for 13th in the individual standings.

“Sarah had a very solid tournament,” Borst said in the press release. “She really stepped up for us this week and led us on the course.”

Bettel shot a 75 Thursday and Friday. She ended the week tied for 39th at 14-over par.

The Cats will wait for the NCAA regional field to be announced Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. on the Golf Channel. If selected, Kentucky will play in the NCAA regionals May 7-9.