Women’s golf earns top-5 finish at Bryan National Collegiate

John Morgan Francis

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The Bryan National Collegiate proved to be a great weekend for the UK Women’s golf team, as the Cats overall tied for fifth place and all five ladies turned in top-50 finishes.

The best of those five top-50 scores was Grace Rose, as she posted a total score of 226 (10-over). The highly exceptional 54-hole weekend for Rose earned her a share of 15th place, a career-best finish for the rising sophomore.

Posting two straight 74’s and then a 78 when the course played it’s toughest, Rose gave her team her all after a tough outing in the Cats’ last tournament.

Jordan Chael scored the best round of Sunday for UK. As a veteran on her squad, Chael stepped up and led the team with a low 75. The junior fired a 228 (12-over) that was good a tie for 26th place.

Sophomore Isabelle Johansson proved her consistency once again with a top-50 finish for the sixth time this season, leading the team in that category. Thirteen over par for the weekend, Johansson fired a modest 79 on a difficult conditioned Sunday course.

Senior Cylia Damerau also had a well-played Sunday, posting a 78. However, the upperclassman still finished in a tie at 47th place with a score of 18-over.

Freshman Anna Hack was perhaps the hottest player on the course Saturday afternoon after posting a career-best 71. However, the course played too difficult for her on Sunday to repeat such a low score as she turned in a team-worst 81. The freshman was still solid in her overall performance; she tied for 30th place at 14-over.

For the second straight year Virginia was crowned the victor of the Bryan National Collegiate. The back-to-back champs edged 2nd place South Carolina by six strokes when posting a 24-over to clinch the tournament.

Third place went to Florida State at 32-over, followed by Wake Forest at 37-over, then Notre Dame and Kentucky tying for 5th at 45-over.

With ten of the field’s teams ranked in Golfstat’s Top-50, UK managed to finish in front of five of them. This should bode well for the Cats’ case to move up in national rankings.

With regular-season tournament play now finished, the Cats will have a well-deserved two-week break to prepare for the SEC Championship. The tournament will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, on April 15– 17.