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Kentucky Women’s Golf


Wildcats to Host Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational

Kentucky looks to capitalize on second-place finish at Cardinal Cup LEXINGTON, Ky. — After finishing second at the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup on Tuesday, the Kentucky women's golf team is set to host the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational Friday-Sunday, at the University Club's Big Blue Golf Course. Shooting an 898 (303-290-305), the second-place finish marks the second best event for the Cats under head coach Myra Blackwelder. Last season, the squad placed first at the Lady Mocs Intercollegiate. At the Cardinal Cup, junior Louise Ljungstedt led the team with a 9-over-par 223 (77-68-78), and finished ninth overall. Ljungstedt is set to start again this week for Kentucky. Joining Ljungstedt in the lineup is sophomore Ashlee Rose who shot a 16th-place 225 (71-76-78) in the season-opening Mary Fossum Invitational. Seniors Kristin Vincent and Sara Hurwitch will also compete for the Cats this weekend. Vincent placed 11th (75-72-77) at the Cardinal Cup, and after six rounds on the season, she enters the tournament with a 76 stroke average. Hurwitch made her season debut at the Cardinal Cup and competed as an individual, recording a 225 (7177-77) and finishing tied for 15th. Freshman Betsie Johnson rounds out Kentucky's starting five. A native of Nicholasville, Ky., Johnson has competed in Kentucky's two previous events, and finished tied for 37th at the Mary Fossum Invitational (78-74-80) and tied for 18th at the Cardinal Cup (75-78-73). The Wildcats will also enter a junior varsity squad in to the event. Leading the squad are freshmen Heather Lott and Ashleigh Albrecht, who each competed in the Mary Fossum Invitational and Cardinal Cup. This marks the second event for sophomores Laura McGehee and Megan Moir who competed as individuals at the Cardinal Cup. Completing the JV squad is senior Erica Still who is making her season debut. Kentucky held an annual fall invitational from 1976-1997, and not again until 2002. It has been held every year since, except 2008. In the past, the tournament has been called the Lady Kat Invitational and the Lady Wildcat Invitational. This year, the tournament was renamed the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational in honor of former head coach Bettie Lou Evans.

Evans coached the Wildcats for 23 years from 1978-2001. During her tenure, she was named MidAtlantic Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1990, and Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year in 1992. Serving as Director of Golf Operations, she still plays a vital role in Kentucky women's golf. In 2007, Kentucky hosted the Lady Wildcat Fall Invitational. Alabama took top honors with an 877 (292-290-295). With a 3-under-par 213 (67-71-75), the individual champion was Courtney Harter of Alabama. Visit the Kentucky Women's Golf Page for more information. Live stats are available at

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Women’s Golf Heads to Alabama for SEC Championship Wildcats face seven top-25 teams at championship

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Kentucky women’s golf team opens post-season play Friday at the Southeastern Conference Championship at the North River Yacht Club (par 71, 6,057 yards) in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Seven top-25 teams are set to compete at the three-day, 54-hole event with 18 holes scheduled each day. Kentucky tees off Friday beginning on hole No. 10 at 9:30 a.m. EST. Tee times begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday as well. "The team has worked hard to prepare for the SEC Championship,” head coach Myra Blackwelder said. “Everyone was very focused in preparation in the week leading up to the SEC Championship. Ashlee Rose, who was out of action with the flu, has returned to form and competed in our intrasquad meet Saturday and Sunday.” Freshman Ashleigh Albrecht leads the Wildcats as the squad’s scoring-average leader at 76.88 strokes-per-round. Albrecht owns UK’s two highest finishes of the season, tying for sixth at the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational (77-70) and taking eighth at the squad’s regular-season finale, the Anteater Invitational (75-75-73). Senior Sara Hurwitch looks to make her fifth start of the season at the SEC Championship. Competing as an individual at the Anteater Invitational, Hurwitch carded a 14th-place 227 (79-7276). Hurwitch’s other top-20 performance came at the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup where she finished 15th (71-77-77). Also posting a top-20 finish at the Anteater Invitational (77-73-79) was sophomore Ashlee Rose, who joins Albrecht and Hurwitch in the Kentucky lineup this weekend. Rose’s lowest 54-hole total came at the Challenge at Onion Creek with a 5-over-par 215 (74-70-71). Competing in only two prior spring events, freshman Heather Lott also will make her fifth start of the year. Lott registered two top-20 performances during the regular season, tying for 17th at the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational (74-76) and ending up 20th at the Anteater Invitational (77-7578). Although Lott saw limited action in the spring, Blackwelder is confident in the freshman’s performances. “Heather played her way into the SEC Championship lineup as a result of recent back-to-back solid tournaments,” Blackwelder said. “Heather had the best March overall of any Wildcat.”

Freshman Betsie Johnson rounds out Kentucky’s starting five as the only UK golfer to start in every tournament of the season. With a 226 (75-78-73), Johnson posted her best performance at the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup, finishing tied for 18th. The Wildcats fired a 912 (311-294-307) at the Anteater Invitational to place third, marking the squad’s second-best finish of the season. In September, Kentucky placed second at the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup with an 898 (202-290-305). UK’s 54-hole low came at November’s Challenge at Onion Creek when the squad broke two school records. With a third-round 284, the Wildcats broke the school’s single-round record, while senior Kristin Vincent fired a 5-under-par 65 to break the individual single-round record. Kentucky placed 11th overall at the event. Last season at the SEC Championship, Kentucky finished 11th with a 918 (313-297-308). Mallory Blackwelder led the Wildcats’ effort, finishing tied for 26th (74-74-76). Auburn took the 2009 title behind a 1-over-par 285, while Marta Silva of Georgia took the individual crown with a 3-under-par 210. Live stats for the 2010 SEC Championship are available at For complete coverage of the Kentucky women’s golf team, stay tuned to 2010 SEC Championship Field No. 3 Auburn No. 7 Alabama No. 10 Florida No. 14 Tennessee No. 16 Georgia No. 18 LSU No. 23 Vanderbilt No. 26 South Carolina Arkansas Kentucky Mississippi State

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Johansson Borst Named Kentucky Women’s Golf Coach SEC veteran becomes school’s fourth varsity coach

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Golda Johansson Borst has been named the head women's golf coach at the University of Kentucky, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced Thursday. Johansson Borst becomes the eighth coach in school history and fourth coach in varsity annals, after playing and coaching in the Southeastern Conference. "I would like to thank Mr. Barnhart for this great opportunity," Johansson Borst said. "It is a true honor and privilege to become the women's golf coach at the University of Kentucky. I look forward to becoming a part of the tradition of the Wildcat community. I can't thank LSU enough for the opportunity I received there, but I look forward to this new chapter in my life." "We are excited about everything that Golda Johansson Borst brings to our women's golf program," Barnhart said. "She brings SEC experience as both a player and a coach in our league. Golda also adds international experience and a personality that will engage the Big Blue Nation. She will make the University of Kentucky proud." Johansson Borst joins the Wildcats from LSU where she has served as assistant women's golf coach since August 2007. During her stay in Baton Rouge, La., LSU advanced to the NCAA regionals each of Johansson Borst's three seasons, highlighted by a 12th-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championship. With Johansson Borst, the Tigers recorded a 295.40 team-stroke average during 2009, improving upon the 300.40 posted in 2008. The 2009 season also saw LSU victories at the Bryan Park National Collegiate and Mercedes-Benz Championship, as well as two individual titles. This past season, LSU earned an individual title while registering a 298.00 stroke average. A four-year letterwinner for the women's golf team, Johansson Borst graduated from Tennessee in 2006 with a degree in communication studies. At Tennessee, Johansson Borst served as team captain in 2005 and finished with a 76.19 stroke average. Additionally, Johansson Borst earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2006 and was named a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member. Johansson Borst's top collegiate finishes came when she placed second in both the 2005 Bryan Park National Collegiate and 2006 Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational. Johansson Borst and the Lady Volunteers advanced to the NCAA Women's Golf Championship during the 2004-06 seasons.

A native of Karlshamn, Sweden, Johansson Borst competed for the Swedish National Golf Team from 1999-2003. With Johansson Borst, the team claimed medalist honors at the Girls Team European Championship in 2000, second at the Lady's Team European Championship in 2001 and third in the Lady's Team European Championship in 2002. Prior to coaching at LSU, Johansson Borst worked at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Sarasota, Fla., assisting in course and tournament operations. Johansson Borst, formerly Golda Johansson, is married to Steve Borst.

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