Wildcats Wrap Up Regular Season at Bryan National Collegiate
BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. – The Kentucky women’s golf team will conclude its regular season this weekend at the Bryan National Collegiate at the Browns Summit Golf Course in Browns Summit, N.C.
UK will look to build some positive momentum at one of the Wildcats’ favorite stops of the season before heading into postseason play at the Southeastern Conference Championship in mid-April.
“I always look forward to the Bryan because of the many great memories I have here,” said head coach Golda Johansson Borst, who played in the Bryan as a collegiate golfer. “The team also likes this place, and I think that is due to the course. This is a golf course that I think suits us well and that we can really score well on. I'm looking forward to this week and the challenge that is Bryan Park.”
Play begins Friday at 8:30 a.m., though the first Wildcat to tee off will be senior Cylia Damerau at 9:15 a.m.
UK is coming off 10th-place finish at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic, which included a career-best tournament for freshman Anna Hack. The Paducah, Ky., native tied for 14th place for her best career finish.
The Wildcats will appear in the Bryan National Collegiate for a second straight year. UK placed sixth in the 2015 competition, its second-best tournament of the season.
Per usual, the tournament will be a three-day, 54-hole format with 18 holes on each day.
Fifteen teams make up this year’s field, two-thirds of which entered the week in the top 50 of the national rankings. Defending national champion Virginia and runner-up Wake Forest return to this year’s tournament.
The Bryan is entering its 19th season. Duke leads the way with eight championships.
The Champions Course at Bryan Park will play at 6,386 yards this week and a par 72.
Opened in 1990 under the design of world-renowned golf course architect Rees Jones, seven holes at the Champions Course border the scenic Lake Townsend.
Ranked in 1990 as the runner-up for the best new public course in the country by Golf Digest, the course has since been ranked nationally each year by major golf publications, including Golfweek’s best courses you can play in 2010.
Coming off a career-best finish and a recent streak of the best golf of her career, Hack will get the nod in the No. 1 spot this week for the Wildcats.
Hack has been Kentucky’s most consistent golfer of late. After starting her career with seven rounds of 80 or more in her first 11 rounds, Hack has fired nine straight rounds in the 70s.
If Hack has been UK’s best golfer of late, sophomore Isabelle Johansson has been the most consistent this season from start to finish. Johansson increased her team-high total of top-50 finishes with a 25th-place showing at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic two weeks ago.
Junior Jordan Chael will try to return to her early-season form when she finished in a tie for 10th place at the Minnesota Invitational.
Sophomore Grace Rose and senior Cylia Damerau will round out the lineup for Kentucky. Damerau owns UK’s best finish of the season in a tournament, a fourth-place showing at the UCF Challenge, and was in a tie for fifth after the first round of play at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic.
What’s at Stake
One last test before the postseason. That’s what this weekend is all about for the Wildcats.
If UK is going to make a run at the NCAA regionals, it’s likely going to take big weeks at this weekend’s tournament and the SEC Championship.
Injuries this season have led to inconsistencies and an uphill battle this year, but the Wildcats have fought valiantly and shown signs of their potential. If they want to lengthen their postseason, they will have to overcome a season’s worth of adversity and put all the potential together in the next two weeks.
How You Can Follow
Fans can follow along with live scoring of the Bryan National Collegiate at golfstat.com.
As always, fans can follow the team on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as on the web at UKathletics.com, for the latest Kentucky women’s golf information.
Bryan National Collegiate
Browns Summit, N.C.