Yesterday, a former University of Kentucky golfer clubbed her way into the Women’s U.S. Open. Mallory Blackwelder graduated from UK in 2009 (she also attended UF for two years before coming to UK despite being from Versailles but shhhh).
Over 36 holes, her 165 and 14-over qualified her for the U.S. open by one stroke, with a third place finish. After years of hard work, she made it. Mallory had this to say:
“It was nerve-racking, but I’m thrilled,” Blackwelder said. “I bogeyed 16 but kept going. This is the most difficult course I’ve ever played. I missed by one last year. I’m glad I kept out here to qualify because I already know the tricks of the mountain.”
The U.S. open goes down July 7-10 at The Broadmoor East Course in Colorado Springs. Don’t forget to check out Mallory’s website above, where you can find out cool stuff like that fact that her favorite restaurant is the Nagasaki Inn in Lexington.
I’m sure her family isn’t surprised at her success: her mother, Myra, was the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 1980 and continued on for 12 season on the tour. Also, her father was a caddie for many years in the LPGA. Talk about a way to meet women…
Don’t forget to check out Mallory in July and cheer on a former Cat.