BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – The Kentucky Girls Junior Amateur is in full swing at the Bardstown Country Club as the first round took place.
Some of the top junior girls in Kentucky along with nine-hole and six-hole boys have come to Bardstown to compete for the prestigious championship with various accolades and incentives on the line.
Claira Beth Ramsey of Richmond took a smooth first round lead at 72 (E). Her birdies on the 3rd and 10th holes gave her a distinct advantage. A highlight of the day was Ramsey’s par-four 9th where she hit her tee shot left into the penalty area and the drove it 135 yards to around six feet to save par to keep her momentum.
Close on Ramsey’s lead are Madison Borders and Macie Brown. Borders’ home-course knowledge helped her drop an eagle on the par-five 5th hole as she finished the round with 73 (+1). She striped one from 210 yards out to about 20 feet hole high and knocked in a subtle right to left breaking putt. Brown’s two birdies including one on the finishing par-five 18th hole brought her finish to 73 (+1) also. She will be in the final group with Ramsey and Borders for tomorrow’s final round thanks to her clutch birdie.
Following the final group on the leaderboard were Cathryn Brown and her three birdies with a finish of 74 (+2) along with Mary Browder and Elizabeth Eberle who were each tied with rounds of 75 (+3).
Leading the Girls 14 & Under Division was Alexa Salamah finishing with 80 (+8). Second place currently belongs to Anna Simpson after shooting 84 (+12).
Looking at the Boys 11-12 Division, Connor Ford Leads with the only under-par round in the division with a 35 (-1). He dropped in two birdies and tagged on only one bogey. Behind Ford is Andrew Perry trailing by one.
Another close contest is in the Girls 10-12 division between CeCelia Ray and Caroline Lankford. Ray is up with a two-shot advantage after finishing at 39 (+3), including a birdie on the par-five 6th. Lankford had a good showing also, shooting 41 (+5).
Adrian Bewley had a stellar nine holes in the Boys 10 & Under Division, making one birdie and eight pars coming to a total 35 (-1). Bewley is the only player in the field after the first round to be bogey-free. Closest to him is Rowdy Harris who sits just one shot behind after making birdie on his last hole, finishing 36 (E). Drayden Lindsey finds himself in third, coming back from an opening double bogey with two birdies en route to 37 (+1).
For the Boys 8 & Under Division, Matthew White has a commanding four-shot lead going into the final round, shooting 24 (-1). He cashed an eagle on the par-five 5th and got a birdie on the par-four 4th right after. Max Dehaven sits solo in second after getting a birdie on his last hole and finishing at 28 (+3).
Finally, with the Girls 9 & Under Division, Emlie Miller has a four-shot lead over her sister Kylie. Emlie finished today at 32 (+7), Kylie shot 36 (+11), and Charlie Hix sits at third following a 37 (+12).
Other notable aspects of the day included:
- The par-five 3rd hole was victim to two eagles today. Madison Borders and Matthew White made the big birds there.
- Players opened up their rounds to the teeth of the golf course as the par-four 1st played as the most difficult hole averaging above one shot over par.
- The par-five 18th was the easiest hole and the only hole where players averaged below par. It played 0.20 shots under par.
- Knox Taylor made an eagle on the par-four 2nd hole.
- Both nines played nearly identically in terms of scoring average. The average was as small as it possibly gets at 0.01, with the front being ever so slightly easier today. The combined scoring average across all divisions was 82.55