UK Notches Second Consecutive Top-Five Finish at Lady Panther Intercollegiate
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. – Senior Ali Kicklighter (DeLand, Fla.) fired a 4-over-par 148 (73-75) to lead the Kentucky women’s golf team to its second consecutive top-five team finish Tuesday, as the Cats concluded the 13th annual John Kirk/Lady Panther Intercollegiate in fourth place. The Wildcats carded a two-round total of 625 (314-311) in the 36-hole event hosted by Georgia State University at the Eagle’s Landing Country Club.
“This was another top-five finish for us and we had two golfers finish in the top 10,” UK head coach Stephanie Barker said. “On these two-round events, it is going to come down to just a couple of strokes and we were within five strokes of the lead today.”
Kicklighter, who has now posted a team-leading four top-10 individual finishes this season, concluded the final round tied with Memphis’ Stacey Tate after both players shot 148 over the course of the two-day event. Tate, however, won the playoff for the individual crown by notching a par on the first hole, while Kicklighter managed a bogey.
Sophomore Beth Felts (Chattanooga, Tenn.), the reigning Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Week, concluded play tied for fifth place after shooting a 73 on the final day to finish with a 151 (78-73). Felts and Kicklighter each charted their second consecutive top-10 individual finishes.
“Ali really played aggressive all day,” Barker said. “She put herself in good position to win the tournament. I was also very impressed with the way Beth played today, shooting a 73.”
Augusta State University claimed the tournament title after shooting a tournament-low 301 on the final 18 holes to finish with a 620 (319-301). Memphis and intra-state rival Louisville finished tied for second with 621s.
Sophomore Elizabeth Dotson (White Bluff, Tenn.) finished tied for 32nd place with a 161 (80-81), while junior Katie Johnson (Lexington, Ky.) concluded play in a tie for 60th place with a 167 (83-84). Senior Erin Faulkner (Bowling Green, Ky.) rounded out the UK scoring with a 168 (86-82) to finish in a tie for 62nd place.
Kentucky, which concluded its regular season at the John Kirk/Lady Panther Intercollegiate, returns to action April 14-16 at the SEC Championships in Nashville, Tenn. Complete coverage will be available on ukathletics.com.