Davis/Holden and Gibbs/Maynard Qualify for U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball
Tennessee Volunteers’ Bailey Davis and Kayla Holden plus Kentucky native Delia Gibbs and Kendall Maynard qualify for U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball.
LEXINGTON, KY (September 23, 2022) – Pathways to the USGA’s 2023 National Championships from Kentucky began to be forged on Friday with Lexington Country Club hosting the state’s sole qualifier for next spring’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Bailey Davis and Kayla Holden, two teammates at the University of Tennessee, along with Kentucky native Delia Gibbs and Kendall Maynard, her teammate at Belmont University, clinched the two qualifying spots available to the dozen teams competing.
Davis/Holden made simple work of the historic Tom Bendelow design, earning medalist honors by four strokes after posting 65 (-7). After going out in 33 (-3), a torrid stretch towards the end of their back nine submitted their qualification with ease. Beginning with the par-four 14th, they made four consecutive birdies to establish a sizable cushion on the rest of the field late in the competition. Now, they can plan a trip to DuPont, Washington to compete at The Home Course on May 13-17.
Their fellow qualifiers, Gibbs/Maynard, were steady throughout the day with three birdies and fifteen pars leading to a score of 69 (-3). That tied them with Kara Carter of Kingsport, Tennessee and Nathaly Munnicha of Columbus, Indiana. A sudden-death playoff to determine who would advance with the final qualifying spot was necessary and Gibbs/Maynard secured it on the second extra hole with a birdie. For Gibbs, it will be her first time competing in a USGA National Championship as she adds to the list of star high school golfers from Kentucky in the past decade who have gone on to compete on the biggest stages within amateur golf.
Carter/Munnicha receive the consolation prize of being the first alternates after narrowly missing out on automatic qualification. Marshall County’s Trinity Beth and Ellison Lundquist of Furlong, Pennsylvania are the second alternates after finishing T4 and defeating two Kentucky natives in Cathryn Brown and Macie Brown in a separate playoff.
The Kentucky Golf Association extends its thanks to Greg Griffith, PGA Head Golf Professional and the entire staff at Lexington Country Club for their assistance in conducting today’s qualifier. Additionally, the KGA lends its appreciation to each player who competed in the event.
Women will have another opportunity to compete at Lexington Country Club this season on Monday, October 17 during the Two-Person Scramble. That event will feature women’s, men’s and mixed divisions counting gross and net scores. Registration for it is open through 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 10.
Only one USGA qualifier in Kentucky remains to be contested this season which will be for the U.S. Men’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship on Tuesday, October 18 at Big Spring Country Club.
About the Kentucky Golf Association:
The Kentucky Golf Association (KGA) is one of the three organizations encompassed under Golf House Kentucky, in addition to the Kentucky Golf Foundation (KGF) and Kentucky PGA Section (KPGA). The Kentucky Golf Association represents the amateur body of Kentucky’s golfers working in assistance with the United States Golf Association (USGA). The KGA provides a wide range of services, including handicapping, USGA course and slope ratings, and tournament management software to its Member Clubs. The KGA also operates the state’s premier amateur tournaments along with USGA National Championship qualifiers. Alongside the KGF and KPGA, the KGA strives to promote the benefits and enjoyment of golf while continuing to grow the sport across the Commonwealth.
Ethan Fisher, PGA | Golf House Kentucky | firstname.lastname@example.org | (502) 792-9703