Women’s golf drops spring opener to Louisville

Kelsey Mattingly

The UK women’s golf team fell to Louisville on Sunday at the second annual Battle of the Bluegrass, despite a five-stroke lead after 18 holes.

The Cats traveled to Indiana to face their instate rival, and lost by 11 strokes.

The teams were originally scheduled for play in Florida, but weather conditions caused a shift in location as well as the addition of 18 extra holes in the match (36 total), a decisive factor in the Cats’ loss.

Sophomore Isabelle Johansson finished in second place overall in her team’s attempt to bring the title home to Lexington. In the first 18 holes, UK held the lead with 17-over-par 305, which Louisville followed with a 9-over 297 in the second round of 18.

Johansson led the team with a 75.6 stroke average during the fall and totaled a 7-over-par 151 leaving her five strokes behind Laura Restrepo, Louisville’s individual title winner (146, +2).

UK senior Cylia Damerau opened the first 18 holes with a 75, then followed up with an 81 in the second round to end the match with a 156 finishing eighth overall.

In 10th place individually was sophomore Anna Hack with a 158, (77-81). Following her was freshman newcomer Claire Carlin with a debut finish of 15th overall with a 164.

Junior Jordan Chael ended with a 9-over 153 despite holding the title for UK’s best individual finish of the year at the Minnesota Invitational.

This was the Cats’ first match of the spring season and they look to turn things around with a win next week during a three-day tournament at the UCF Challenge in Orlando, Florida.