LEXINGTON - The Morehead State University women’s golf team posted a 299 on Tuesday to finish second out of four schools in the first-ever Kentucky Regional Rivalry at Kearney Hills Golf Course.
Eastern Kentucky won the two-day event with a 36-hole score of 585. The Eagles tallied a 592, while Western Kentucky recorded a 596 and Northern Kentucky registered a 615.
“I’m proud of everyone on our team,” Morehead State Coach Stephanie Barker. “We certainly want to win every tournament that we play in, but this was a decent start to the school year. I saw lots of great things from the young ladies on our roster, and we also figured out some things we need to work on.”
Sophomore Anna Appert Lund, the reigning Ohio Valley Conference Golfer of the Year, led the Eagles by placing second out of 32 golfers. She carded a 72 in both rounds to finish even.
“Anna (Appert Lund) is very talented and has worked hard,” Barker said. “She was happy with the majority of her holes today. I know Anna hit her driver well, which helped her stay low.”
Freshman Anna Magnusson (147) tied for fifth, while sophomore Katie Rice (150), junior Vanessa Bognot (151) and junior Hannah Sublett (160) were also in Morehead State’s lineup.
“We’re also excited about Anna (Magnusson) moving forward,” Barker said. “I’ve known she has the ability to step in and contribute right away. I think some people saw that the last two days.”
Sophomore Linnea Scholin (147) also tied for fifth, while senior Sofia Pettersson (153), senior Amalie Schott Munck (154) and junior Krista Power (166) competed as individuals for the Eagles.
EKU’s Anna Gleixner edged Appert Lund by one stroke to claim medalist honors. She finished with a two-round 143.
“This was a great tournament overall,” Barker said. “It was fun to get on the course with three other quality Division I programs from the state of Kentucky. We actually had some schools from the states of Tennessee and Ohio express interest in joining the field next year, so this event might grow.”
The course played at a par of 72 and yardage of 6,120.
“I’m glad we were able to put all nine of our student-athletes in a competitive environment,” Barker added. “They all showed some promise. I saw some really good up-and-downs, terrific drives and outstanding approach shots.
“I will meet with all nine of our golfers individually this week. It will be good to get their feedback on what went well and what can improve. We have a good chance to be very competitive again this year, and that excites me as a coach.”