UK golfer Sarah Shipley brought home a big piece of hardware yesterday, winning the 119th annual Women’s Western Amateur Championship in Long Grove, Illinois.
This victory marks the second tournament Shipley has won this summer. Less than two weeks ago she notched a four-shot victory at the 28th Women’s Golf Association of Michigan Championship at the Saginaw Country Club in Saginaw, Michigan.
The Western Amateur featured two rounds of stroke play followed by a match play bracket. Shipley shot one-over in stroke play, finishing fifth and entered match play as the five seed.
From there, the Hastings, Michigan native moved swimmingly through the 32-player bracket. Outside of a 19-hole nail biter in the first match play round, Shipley established and maintained early leads all the way through Saturday, when she defeated Antonia Matte to claim the W.A. Alexander Cup.
If you are interested in golfing you can read a guide on golf clubs for kids and juniors, written by Emma Johnson at Pineclub Golf.
BIG trophy for a BIG win. @SarahShip16 won the 119th annual Women’s Amateur today!
Two championships in the last two weeks for Ship. pic.twitter.com/GCMvKO5LkO
— Kentucky W. Golf (@KentuckyWGolf) July 20, 2019
Shipley won the final match by four, jumping out to a quick 2-up advantage after birdies on the first two holes. Two more birdies on holes 8 and 9 put the tournament firmly in her control.
When she returns to Lexington in a few weeks, Shipley will be the most experienced golfer on UK’s women’s team.
Last year she was second on the team with a 75.2 stroke average and throughout her Kentucky career has a team-best three top-ten tournament finishes.
Shipley is not the only Kentucky golfer having success this summer, as last week incoming freshman Jensen Castle placed second at the Junior PGA Championship.
The Wildcats start their 2019 season in September at the Minnesota Invitational, and if this summer is any indicator, it could be a pretty special one.