Kentucky womens golf misses cut at SEC Championship


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Kentucky womens golfer Laney Frye competes in the third round of the NCAA Championship finals at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Tim Cowie, provided by UK Athletics

Sara Gibson, Reporter

Kentucky womens golf ties for 11th in SEC Championship 

Highlighted by Laney Fryes performance who finished in sixth place, the Wildcats shot 41 over par 217 to end in 11th place to miss the cut.  

Day one of the women’s golf 2023 SEC championship saw Kentucky sitting tied for seventh place at six over par, led by graduate transfer Ivy Shepard.  

Playing at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama, Shepard shot an impressive three under par 69 to finish the day.  

After the front nine Shepard was even par, starting with a bogey on hole one but recovered on five with her first birdie of the day.  

Momentum for Shepard continued the back nine with three birdies, including two on back-to-back holes No. 14 and 15.  

Finishing the round with three pars ended her round to put her in second place just one shot behind first place Celina Sattelkau out of Vanderbilt.  

Also playing lights out for Kentucky was Frye who finished two under par at 70.  

The front nine consisted of a trio of pars and birdies and suffering her first bogey of the match on hole nine to sit at two under at the turn.  

Frye’s back nine rebounded from the bogey quickly with a birdie on hole ten which was then followed by seven straight pars ending her round in fifth place.  

Jensen Castle had a hard time on day one finishing with a 79, seven over par after shooting a total of five bogeys during her round.  

María Villanueva Aperribay ended four over par at 76 to tie for 47th place.  After shooting four straight birdies Aperribay sat in tenth place, but four bogeys would see her fall down the leaderboard.  

Marissa Wenzler, whose score was dropped, recorded eight bogeys to go 10 over par at 82.  

Day two of the tournament saw cold and rainy weather conditions with Kentucky shooting 19 over par on the day moving to ninth place.  

Frye is tied for fifth after her play on Thursday, shooting an even par after going back and forth between bogeys and birdies.  

Apperribay’s performance improved, shooting three over par 75, highlighting her round with birdies on holes three and 11, and an eight-foot putt to save par to end the round.  

Shepard stumbled on Thursday during the conditions, falling far down the leaderboard after putting two balls in the water to quadruple hole two. 

She finished her round 11 over par 83, to move to 32nd place.  

Castle and Wenzler both improved a few strokes, with Castle shooting eight over par 80 and Wenzler going six over 78.  

After the second round of the tournament the Wildcats sit at 25 over par 601 and are only two shots back from the cutline.  

Day three would not see the Wildcats able to bounce back, falling two slots down the leaderboard.  

Frye went one under par 73 in her final round knocking in three birdies, to tie her for the most on the week at 10.  

Apperribay shot four over par after double-bogeys on holes No.13-14 but recovered, finishing her round with birdies and pars to land in 30th place for the week.  

Also going four over was Shepard after going +2 on the front and back nine to end in 35th place for her first and only SEC championship appearance.  

Castle and Wenzler would each go seven over par 79 to conclude their weeks, ending in 64th and 65th place.  

Despite not finishing where they wanted, the Wildcats will look to prepare for the NCAA Regionals from May 8-10 at a site to be determined.