Women's Golf Opens Season at Ron Moore Intercollegiate
Sept. 19, 2008
Highlands Ranch, Colo. - The University of Kentucky's women's golf team opens its 2008-09 season traveling to Highlands Ranch, Colo., for the 2008 Ron Moore Intercollegiate Mon., Sept. 22 through Wed., Sept. 24.
Of the 13 teams in the field, 10 are ranked in Golfweek Magazine's top-100, with the Wildcats checking in at No. 67.
Wildcat co-captains Mallory Blackwelder and Kristin Vincent will join Erica Still and Ashlee Rose as starters for the tournament. Also playing will be Louise Ljungstedt, a sophomore from Sweden, who will play as a fifth member of the team and Sara Hurwitch, who will play as an individual.
"The girls had a really good week in qualifying and they are playing very well," head coach Myra Blackwelder said. "We've been working hard at improving minor issues and are excited about the opportunity to compete."
Mallory Blackwelder, a senior, is UK's returning top scorer, holding Kentucky's season record for lowest stroke average with a 75.34. Blackwelder finished second at the Qdoba Invitational last season along with three top-10 finishes. Blackwelder, a native of Versailles, Ky., has started the preseason off strong in qualifying and has fully recovered from the foot injury that plagued her last spring.
Vincent, a junior, looks to be a contender this season after making significant swing changes over the last year, adding 15 yards of length to her overall game. At the Crimson Tide Classic last season, Vincent shot a career-best twice with a 74, finishing in the top-10. Vincent, a native of Burlington, N.C., averaged 78.4 during the season a year ago.
Still started off strong last season in the Mason Rudolph Championship, carding a 71 in the first round of the tournament. She earned her best finish in a tie for 18th at the Crimson Tide Classic with a 15-over-par 231 (79-76-76).
Rose, who is expected to be a key contributor to the team, had a very successful summer season and finished her high school career with a win at the DuraMed Futures Qualifier, and played in her first professional event in August.
Hurwitch, a Central Florida transfer, finished second overall at the 2007 Badger Invitational with a four-over-par. She brings a wealth of junior, amateur and collegiate experience to the team and is noted for her strong short game and accuracy.
Ljungstedt finished in the top-20 twice last season and with a 78.78, she placed third in scoring average for the Wildcats in 2007-08.
Hosted by the University of Denver, the Ron Moore Intercollegiate will be played in three 18-hole rounds over a three day period. Teams will begin teeing off at 10 a.m. ET on No. 1 and No. 10.