Richmond, KY (June 1, 2022) – The first golf shot during the Kentucky Junior PGA Championship on Wednesday occurred at 8:00 a.m. ET. The final shot was hit around 7:15 pm. A lot happened in the 11 hours and 15 minutes between the University of Arlington Club and Gibson Bay Golf Course, making the first day of June 2022 a day to never forget.
The headline of the day’s event was Cathryn Brown’s victory in Arlington to take the Kentucky Girls’ Junior PGA Championship. The soon-to-be Kentucky golfer started the day tied with Isabella Christie for the lead, but her round didn’t start well. Brown had a +3 on 3 holes, which opened up the top spot on the leaderboard for many players. Brown, Christy, Macie Brown (not related to Cathryn), Cailyn Rogers and Athena Singh all shared the lead at some point in the final round.
Over time, the title became a five-man match between the two Browns, Singer, California Carter and Elizabeth Eberle. all went 18th Holes with a chance to win because everyone is either tied for the lead or one shot behind. Messi, in the penultimate group, shot a par, 144 (E), to lead the clubhouse, knocking out Carter, Eberle and Singh, who all finished at 145 (+1). In the final set, Kathryn was able to bob up and down the green and hit a tight 3-footer to create a Browns fight in a sudden-death playoff game.
The par did take some of the pressure off Katherine, though it confirmed that she and Massey were two automatic qualifiers for the National Girls’ Junior PGA Championship in Chicago in August. That meant the trophy was the only thing to be sure of, and Katherine was quick to get it.Huge tee off par 4 1stone Keeping her just 40 yards away resulted in her birdie at 7 feet. Messi made a birdie from 20 feet but missed, and Kathryn worked hard to close things up in the center of the hole and won her first overall major on the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour.
“The front nine here is definitely harder than the back nine, and even if it’s a bad start, I know I can get back in shape by playing well in the backcourt,” Kathryn said. “I had tostone That hole definitely shook my mind, but I said to myself, “I can get those two shots back very soon.” I was lucky to be able to do that, but this win means something to stand out in such a strong field a lot. I wish I could have done a little better today, but I ground it out and got the job done. “
Six other players also left Arlington with major titles, starting with Morgan Kennedy, who won the 13-15 Girls Championship. A round of 75 (+3) was highlighted by Eagle on the par-5 No. 2, allowing her to coast to victory by eight strokes.
Grant Guetig won in the competitive Boys 11-12 division. Getig maintained a two-shot lead on Wednesday to win by the same margin. Conafort charged at 34 (-2) to try to catch him, but he and the Hunter Majors ended up tied for second.
Carol Ann Mendenhall also had a 34 (-2) on Wednesday and did take the first place this round. She went on to win by nine shots and continue her season on the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour.
Paxton Fuqua was unlikely to play a perfect match after hitting nine on Tuesday after a bogey climbed to his card on the par-4 6ththNotably, another eight pars graced his round, one of the most consistent performances the Tour has seen in recent times. He finished with a 73 (+1), giving him a five-shot victory in the Boys 10 and Under.
Kelly Miller won the Girls 9 and Under with a second consecutive round of 43 (+7). Doing so gave her a three-shot victory over Molly Amos.
Redick Johnson completed the Arlington winner with his work in Boys 8 and the Under Division. Like Mendenhall, Johnson is perfect from a winning percentage standpoint this season, and now has a major to tie the other wins.