PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville golf teams opened their 2012-13 seasons this week in tournaments in the commonwealth, with the women’s team posting a runner-up finish in the Bluegrass Fall Classic.
The men’s team faced some stiff competition in the Wasioto Winds Fall Kick-Off at Pineville. With seven NCAA Div. I Teams in the field and only one other NAIA program, the Bears finished 12th to start the season.
Coach Nelson Scott’s women’s team finished a two-day event at 724, with a pair of freshmen leading the way in their first tournament on the collegiate level.
Cumberland University, returning to fulltime status in the Mid-South Conference, had the top five finishers and shot 614 to win the event, at the par 72, 5800-yard Cherry Blossom Golf and Country Club in Georgetown. The host school finished third, two strokes behind the Bears.
Freshmen Brittany Brophy and Christen Cropper led the Bears with matching 170s finishing tied for sixth. Brophy, from Paris, shot 87-83, while Cropper, a Maysville native, fired 84-86.
Lauren Gregory, a sophomore from Manchester, finished with a 187, while freshman Laken McKinney of Ashley posted a 197. Two other Bears played in the event as well, as sophomore Hillary Harkins of Nicholasville shot 206 while Paintsville sophomore Jerri Helton finished at 196.
The men, meanwhile played at Wasioto Winds. It played at 6,719 yards for the event.
Coach Kevin Auton’s Bears shot a three-round total of 962, and were led by Will Boyd, a freshman from Pikeville, who shot 227 to finish tied for 40th in the field.
Cody Walker, a junior from Greenup, followed with a 238, while freshmen Timmy Miller, of Paintsville, and Tyler Smith of Greenup finished tied at 252. Maysville freshman Brad Litzinger followed with 260.
Senior Kyle McInerney of Davison, Mich., playing as an individual, finished with a score of 240.
Both teams will return to action on Sept. 17-18, competing in the Mid-South Conference Fall Tournament in Campbellsville.