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Incoming golfer places second in Junior PGA Championship

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Jensen Castle, an incoming freshman on Kentucky’s women’s golf team, shot 12-under-par during the Junior PGA Championship on her way to a runner-up finish.

144 golfers entered the tournament, but only one outscored the future Wildcat from West Columbia, South Carolina. The tournament was in Hartford, Connecticut at Keney Park Golf Course.

Castle shot 67 (-3) in round one and followed it up with a 68 in round two. A 66 in round three shot her score to nine-under-par and landed her in third place entering the final round. It turned into a battle between Castle and Yuka Saso, who entered the final round with a two-stroke lead.

Jensen put some pressure on Saso down the stretch, trimming the lead to one stroke with three holes to play, but Saso held on to claim the trophy.

Castle finished the tournament two strokes behind Saso (-14) with a score of 12-under-par but didn’t let the loss keep her from expressing an impressive display of sportsmanship.

The UK women’s team couldn’t help but brag about their talented newcomer.

The team is a few months out from its season, which begins on Sept. 9 in the Minnesota Invitational. In the meantime, get to know Castle a little better:


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T.J. Collett finishes in the 2nd Round at the College Home Run Derby

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Last night, Kentucky’s T.J. Collett competed in the 10th annual College Home run derby.

Collett managed to get to the second round of last night’s contest clobbering 16 balls out of TD Ameritrade Park, but unfortunately, his second round performance couldn’t get him into the one on one final for the College Home Run Derby Championship. However, Northen Kentucky’s Griffin Doersching won the contest with a whopping 51 home runs on the night.

Regardless of where Collett finished, he said it was one of the best times he’s ever had in his baseball career.

Collet had so much fun, that the left-handed slugger even decided to hit from the right side of the plate in last night’s derby.

Check out all of T.J.’s best moments at the College Homerun Derby:


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Abbey Cheek named unanimous First Team All-American

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It was a big season for the UK softball team, but it was perhaps even bigger for third baseman Abbey Cheek. After bringing in awards throughout the entirety of the season, the senior capped off her final year with one of the sport’s highest honors: achieving National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-American status. The news was announced Wednesday afternoon.

Cheek is only the fourth Wildcat to receive the recognition, and she’s the first Cat in program history to be a unanimous selection to the first team. 

Earlier this season, Cheek became the first Kentucky player to win the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Year award. She was voted by the 13 head coaches as a member of the First Team All-SEC and to the All-SEC Defensive Team. She also made the final 10 for the USA Softball National Player of the Year award, and she was voted as a CoSIDA Adcademic All-District Team member for the first time in her career.

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Her name will be in the UK record books for years to come. Cheek first broke the record for career home runs in March, and by the end of the season, she’d demolished the previous record: she holds the title by 13 runs. She also claimed the RBI record (surpassing the previous mark by 40) and has scored more runs in program history (163) than any other player.

And while her time in a Kentucky uniform has unfortunately come to an end, her softball days are not over just yet. Cheek was selected No. 14 overall by the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch Draft.

Go Cats.


Kentucky softball’s Super Regional game has been pushed back to 11 PM

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If you were planning on staying up and watching the Kentucky softball team tonight, you better get an extra cup of coffee ready.

Due to rain in the Seattle area, Game 2 of the 2019 Seattle Super Regional has been pushed back to an 11 p.m. ET.

The game will still air on ESPN2 and the WatchESPN app as scheduled with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Danielle Lawrie (color commentary) on the call.

Kentucky fell to Washington in Game 1 last night by a final score of 3-0, where the Wildcats left nine runners on base and four in scoring position.

If Kentucky wants to keep their Women’s College World Series hopes alive, they will have to win both tonight and tomorrow to move on to Oklahoma City.