Cats earn top-10 finish in first tournament

Sept. 14, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sitting in 14th place in their season opening tournament, UK head coach Golda Johansson Borst had a feeling the Cats’ final round would be much improved. Her premonition turned out to be spot on as the Cats shot a 288 in the third round, a score tied for the second lowest in Kentucky women’s golf history since records began being kept in 1987-88.

After shooting a 308 in the second round of the Cougar Classic (Par 72 – 6,202 yards), Johansson Borst said she believed her young group of girls consisting of four sophomores and one freshman would learn from their first two rounds and finish out strong.

The end result was two golfers in freshman Liz Breed and sophomore Megan Moir shooting career low rounds and the Cats improving by 20 strokes as a team.

Kentucky’s 288 in the final round was also tied for the second lowest round of the day among the 21 schools competing in the Cougar Classic in Hanahan, S.C.

“I am so proud of my players for how they handled themselves today,” Johansson Borst said. “The team played smart and took advantage of their opportunities while also staying in the present and finishing strong.”

Breed, a Waynesboro, Pa., native, led the Cats with a one-under par 71 in her third round ever as a collegiate golfer. After bogeying her opening hole, Breed birdied the sixth and seventh hole to close her opening nine holes at one-under par. Breed would later birdie two more holes on the back nine to finish her round. After entering her final round in a tie for 68th place, Breed finished her first collegiate tournament in a tie for 45th place out of the 110 golfers competing.

Moir joined Breed with a career low round by shooting a 73. Moir had two birdies on the front nine and one on her back nine to shoot her 73, a four-stroke improvement from her second round and seven-stroke improvement from her first round.

Sophomore Betsie Johnson also moved up the leaderboard Tuesday by shooting a one-under par 71 for the Cats. Johnson, like Moir, improved in each of her rounds, including a seven-stroke improvement from her second round to her third round. After shooting an opening nine holes at two-over par, Johnson found her shots on the back nine by shooting a three-under par 33.

Sophomore Ashleigh Albrecht led the Cats in Hanahan, S.C., by closing out with a one-over par 73. Albrecht, a Murrieta, Calif., native, was two-over par after her first nine, but responded with a pair of birdies on the back nine to close out with a 73.

Sophomore Heather Lott shot a five-over par 77 in Tuesday’s round to finish the tournament in a tie for 42nd place.

Ten of the 21 teams participating in the Cougar Classic competed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament and five enter the 2010-11 season ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin Top 50, including No. 19 Florida, No. 25 South Carolina, No. 41 Mississippi and Mississippi State.

Kentucky sat in 12th place after Sunday’s opening round, only to move down two spots after Monday’s round. With Kentucky’s 20-stroke improvement from Monday’s round, the Cats close out the Cougar Classic with a 10th place finish.

After shooting what goes in the record books as a tie for the second lowest round in Kentucky women’s golf history since records began being kept, Johansson Borst said she believes the momentum gained from Tuesday’s round will serve them well as the season progresses.

“We will use today's round to build our confidence for the future,” Johansson Borst said.

The women’s golf team will hit the links again Oct. 2-3 in Notre Dame, Ind., for the William K. Warren Irish Invitational.

Cougar Classic
Sept. 12-14
Yeamans Hall Golf Club (Par 72 – 6,202 yards)

Final scores
KENTUCKY 302, 308, 288 – 898 (+34)
Ashleigh Albrecht 74,77, 73 – 224 (+8)
Heather Lott 72, 76, 77 – 225 (+9)
Liz Breed 77, 78, 71 – 226 (+10)
Betsie Johnson 79, 78, 71 – 228 (+12)
Megan Moir 80, 77, 73 – 230 (+14)