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community achievement

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Between the Greens


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The University of Kentucky Women’s Golf Mission Statement: The University of Kentucky women's golf program is dedicated to work together to create a team atmosphere that will promote excellence on the golf course, in the classroom, and will provide a rich college campus life for our members. Our guiding principles are respect for the personal, unique and individual nature of each athlete and coach. Our attitudes should further team goals and unity, and be in harmony with the personal goals of each student athlete. In order to achieve our highest potential we must be willing to grow and mature into confident, caring individuals committed to personal responsibility, leadership and the development of a strong work ethic for the good of the team as a whole as well as the individual. Excellence will be achieved through a balance of fun, contentment, hard work and accountability.


Leading the Nation Golfstat Rankings 2008-09 >>

No. 2 Driving Accuracy

No. 1 Greens in Regulation on the Par 3’s

No. 1 Sand Saves


Cats on TOUR

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Coach Blackwelder, a 16-year LPGA competitor was named LPGA Rookie of the Year in 1980.

Wildcat Golfers in LPGA Events >> Mallory Blackwelder Ashleigh Albrecht Nancy Scranton Amy Read Tonya Gill Myra Blackwelder Kate Rogerson

Mallory Blackwelder, a 2009 graduate, has competed in two LPGA events. In 2008 she played in the Kraft Nabisco Championship and Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Freshman Ashleigh Albrecht competed in the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open as an amateur.

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Success Off the Course SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year is an honor given to student-athletes who exhibit outstanding performances on the course and in the classroom. The award is voted on by coaches in the Southeastern Conference.

Felts was also honored as UK’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2008.

Felts: 4.0 GPA, Pre-Dentistry and Business Management • 2007 ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team • Four-year All-SEC Academic Team • Four-time member of the NGCA All-Scholar Team

Felts’ ESPN/COSIDA Award.


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SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year >> Beth Felts • 2007 | Mallory Blackwelder • 2009

Blackwelder: 4.0 GPA, Marketing • 2009 ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-American First Team • SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll • SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2007 and 2008 • Four-time member of the NGCA All-Scholar Team

This honor is a recognition of the balance, excellence and attention to detail that Mallory brings to life. She worked very hard to maintain a 4.0 GPA, and she played a substantial role as a captain on our team. Her day-today input left a positive mark on our team culture that will carry on through her teammates as we continue to build our program. - Myra Blackwelder Blackwelder’s SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.


World-Class Facilities University Club >>

• Two courses: Big Blue Course (par 72, 6,992 yards) and Wildcat Course (par 71, 6,680 yards) • State-of-the-art practice facilities • Locker rooms • Fully stocked pro shop • University of Kentucky golfers are given a membership to the U-Club, allowing them to play anytime

We have an outstanding practice facility at the University Club, where access to the back of the range is exclusive to UK golfers. We are fortunate enough to play on two elite courses, which provide us with challenge and variety. - Megan Moir


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Nutter Field House >> • All-weather practice facility • 72-foot high ceilings • Equipped with computerized nets

We have access to some great resources that many other schools don’t have. They enable us to keep our games fine-tuned even when the weather is bad. - Sara Hurwitch


World-Class Facilities

Women’s Golf Locker Room >> • Located in the Joe Craft Center, just below the golf offices and next to CATS • Houses a putting surface, the TOMI and K Vest • Personal lockers for every member of the team • Showers • Television and couches


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Man O’War Golf Learning Center >> • Bermuda and rye grass tees • Equipped with greens for putting, chipping and pitching • Heated and covered stalls for off-season practice

Man O’ War is a huge asset because we practice there year-round, even during the cold winter months. With heated hitting bays, we can go out there and feel comfortable swinging even when it’s cold outside. - Sara Hurwitch


Home of Champions

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Wildcats making their mark

In 2008, six former University of Kentucky student-athletes won professional world championships in six different sports. This list includes 2008 Summer Olympics basketball gold medal winner Tayshaun Prince, World Series champion Joe Blanton, Ryder Cup Team USA member J.B. Holmes, NBA Finals champion Rajon Rondo, Major League Soccer champion Andy Gruenebaum and Super Bowl champion Jared Lorenzen.

Kentucky Swimming >> 2007 SEC Championship 200-freestyle Relay Team

J.B. Holmes >> 2008 FBR Open Champion and member of the 2008 winning Ryder Cup team

Kentucky Football >> Beginning in 2006, the Kentucky football team has won three-consecutive bowl games, the most in school history.

Kentucky Women’s Soccer >> 2006 SEC Tournament Champions

Kentucky Baseball >> 2006 SEC Tournament Champions

Joe Blanton >> 2009 World Series Champion with the Philadelphia Phillies

Kentucky Men’s Golf >> 2005 SEC Tournament Champions

Taryn Ignacio >> 2006 National Champion Diver


Rajon Rondo >> 2008 NBA Finals Champion with the Boston Celtics

The Southeastern Conference

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The Standard of Excellence

The Southeastern Conference is an athletic league of 12 universities located throughout the Southeastern United States. As its mission states, the SEC works with its member institutions to produce competitive student-athletes, both on the field and in the classroom. In its 76 years, the SEC has earned the reputation of arguably the best athletic conference in the NCAA.

SEC Mission Statement: The purpose of the Southeastern Conference is to assist its member institutions in the maintenance of programs of intercollegiate athletics which are compatible with the highest standards of education and competitive sports.

I chose UK because it’s part of the Southeastern Conference, the best conference in sports. - Erica Still

University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart >> • 7th Year as UK Athletics Director • B.S. Ottawa University

SEC by the Numbers >>

• M.S. Ohio University • 131 National Championship teams since 1990

• Committed to fully funding all 22 varsity sports at UK

• During the 2008-09 academic year, five NCAA teams captured national titles • Also during the 2008-09 year, 150 SEC teams continued to postseason play • Over 2,300 student-athletes earned SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition for their accomplishments in the classroom during the 2008-09 school year

Mr. Barnhart provides us with the best coaches, the top facilities and finest equipment. Every team at Kentucky is treated with the same respect and given the same opportunities while being held to very high standards. - Megan Moir

Partnership with ESPN >> In fall 2009, the SEC and ESPN began a partnership that allows ESPN and its outlets to air more than 5,500 SEC events. Not limited to basketball and football, the agreement provides extensive academic and athletic coverage of all SEC institutions, and various Olympic sports.


The University of Kentucky

UK’s innovative President, Dr. Lee T. Todd, Jr., is executing a plan to make UK one of the nation’s top-20 public universities >>

The campus is beautiful, clean, and safe. When I first came to campus, I quickly realized I had made a great decision to attend Kentucky. - Kristin Vincent


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• UK has been ranked as one of the nation’s top-25 public research universities; UK’s research expenditures increased to a record-high $337 million last year. • UK has earned more than 80 national rankings for academic excellence.

• UK students represent 115 countries, all 50 states and every county in the Commonwealth.

• UK provides 200 majors and degree programs in 17 academic and professional colleges. 15

The University of Kentucky • UK Athletics spends $1.6 million each year for academic support of student-athletes.

University of Kentucky President Dr. Lee T. Todd, Jr. >> • 11th President in UK History

• Numerous UK alumni have become presidents of universities and leaders of Fortune 500 Companies. • The W.T. Young Library has the largest book endowment of any public university in the nation.

• 8th Year at UK • B.S. from Kentucky • M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) • Ph.D. from MIT • President of the SEC Executive Committee

Dr. Todd and his wife Patsy with a student during Big Blue U.

The W. T. Young Library served as the backdrop for ESPN College Gameday in 2007.


Campus Life

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K Week is a week-long campus event that begins a few days before the start of classes >> K Week strives to: • Help transition new students into life at UK • Introduce students to University organizations • Include the entire campus in welcoming new students K Week Events Include: • Tours of campus and Lexington • “Where in the World are my Classes?”, where students help new students find buildings and classrooms • On-campus parties that include food, games, music and prizes • Information sessions that range from money management and academic success to choosing a major to salsa dancing • Movies and comedy shows • Big Blue U

Big Blue U • March through campus to Commonwealth Stadium to learn cheers and songs. • Once at the stadium, you’ll hear from many of UK’s coaches and student-athletes.

Other Popular UK events: • Little Kentucky Derby • Concerts and speakers (Last year, Christian Siriano and Jason Mraz visited campus) • Homecoming • Dance Blue 17


Ohio Casualty Center for Academic & Turoial Services

• Kentucky was the FIRST SCHOOL IN THE NATION to open an academic center dedicated exclusively to student-athletes • CATS is connected to the Joe Craft Center, where the golf offices and locker room are located • Curriculum Advisor within major • CATS has the largest academic staff in the country with 9 full-time staff members, plus numerous graduate assistants and tutors • Career development and life resource center • Community outreach office • Spacious study areas and tutoring rooms • CATS conducts an average of 1,000 hours of tutoring per week

CATS has personnel available to assist you with the following >> • Placement and Planning • Advising • Shadowing/Mentoring • Internships • Resume Building • Writing Assistance • Seminars (Financial planning, Interviewing, etc.)


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Academic Advisor for Women’s Golf Bob Bradley >> • 2001 NCAA CHAMPS Life Skills "Administrator of the Year"

A computer room housing 35 computers provides student-athletes with a quiet working environment for research, writing and studying

• 1992 N4A "Academic Advisor of the Year" • Former President of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A)

CATS gives the UK student-athlete every chance to succeed. - Kristin Vincent

• Currently serves on the Planning and Development Committee of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports • Chairs the CHAMPS Life Skills Steering Committee of the Division 1A Athletics Directors' Association • Selected as the regional director for the National Consortium for Academics and Sports office at Kentucky • A part of UKAA staff since 1977 • Helped start the CATS program in 1981

Student athletes feel the pressure of travel, practice and competition. We try to facilitate matters and make sure they succeed. 19

A Day in the Life

What it takes to be a Wildcat

7 a.m. Wake up, get ready, grab breakfast and head to the golf course. In the fall we practice in the morning from about 8-11a.m.

8 –10:45 a.m. Practice at the University Club 11:15a.m. Work out at Joe Craft Center


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12:30 p.m. Eat lunch before class starts. There are 11 cafeterias on campus, as well as several chain restaurants nearby. 2–2:50 p.m. First class of the day At UK, golfers generally take five classes per semester. We usually try to schedule three classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and two on Tuesday and Thursday. Classes scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday are 50 minutes and classes scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, or Monday and Wednesday are 75 minutes.

Most majors at Kentucky require 120 credit hours. If you take 15 credit hours per semester, you can earn your degree in four years! 3 -3:50 p.m. Second class of the day 4-4:50 p.m. Third class of the day

5 p.m.-5:50 p.m. Head to CATS to work on schoolwork or get dinner before class. CATS is our center for academic and tutorial services. See page 18 for more info.

6-8:30 p.m. Go to evening class. This class only meets one day a week, so it is 150 minutes long. 8:30 Go back to the dorm to do homework, and hang out with teammates and friends. 21

CATSPY Awards 2009 Winners >> Rookie of the Year Becky Pavan, Volleyball Randall Cobb, Football Ethan Settlemires, Rifle

Since 2003, UK Athletics has held the CATSPY Awards. A spinoff of ESPN’s ESPY’s, the CATSPY Awards honor the academic and athletic achievements of UK’s student-athletes.

Performance of the Year Jodie Meeks, Men’s Basketball Ashley Trimble, Women’s Track and Field K-Association Athletes of the Year Sarah Rumely, Volleyball Bruno Agostinelli, Men’s Tennis Tom Csenge, Rifle Teams of the Year Volleyball Men’s Track and Field Supporting Role David “Bingy” Lara, Men’s Soccer Scratch Award Jennifer Stone, Women’s Tennis Blue Heart Award Eleia Roddy, Women’s Basketball Scholar Athletes of the Year Leah Harms, Women’s Swimming Brad Hart, Football

The CATSPY’s are always a night to remember! - Ashlee Rose

Academic Teams of the Year Women’s Soccer Men’s Golf Mr. & Miss Wildcat Carly Ormerod, Women’s Basketball Ashley Trimble, Women’s Track and Field Bruno Agostinelli, Men’s Tennis Tim Masthay, Football Coaches of the Year Craig Skinner, Volleyball Don Weber, Men’s Track and Field Harry Mullins, Rifle McDonald’s Community Service Award Ashley Trimble, Women’s Track and Field Tim Masthay, Football Character Award Andrea Halasek, Women’s Track and Field Lifetime Achievement Awards Donnie Mefford (Dir. of Turf Management), Tommy Davis & Chuck Stivers (Turf Management) Bill Keightley “Assist” Award Adam Coleman, Strength and Conditioning GA Mike Lyden Courage Award Natalie Rubinstein, Gymnastics One Shining Moment Rifle


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Where are they from? 2008-09 Kentucky International Athletes >>

Sweden Canada

Finland Scotland Denmark Ireland Germany England France

Grand Bahama Jamaica

Trinidad & Tobago Venezuela

2009-10 Women’s Golf Team Hometowns >> Name Ashleigh Albrecht Sara Hurwitch Betsie Johnson Louise Ljungstedt Heather Lott Laura McGehee Megan Moir Alyssa Randolph Ashlee Rose Erica Still Kristin Vincent

Hometown Murrieta, Calif. Sterling, Va. Nicholasville, Ky. Lidingo, Sweden Baton Rouge, La. Lakeside Park, Ky. Louisville, Ky. Knoxville, Tenn. Nicholasville, Ky. Waycross, Ga. Burlington, N.C.

State California Virginia Kentucky Sweden Louisiana Kentucky Kentucky Tennessee Kentucky Georgia North Carolina

Columbia Brazil Australia

South Africa Women >> Name Rogers, Emily Gallo, Adriana Pavan, Becky Escamilla, Carolina Woestmann, Sarah Archibald, Claire Hines, Chane Pienaar, Minnette Ljungstedt, Louise

Men >> Hometown Etobicoke, Ontario Niagara Falls, Ontario Kitchener, Ontario Medellin, Columbia Wallenhörst, Germany Johannesburg, South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Graaf-Reinet, South Africa Lidingo, Sweden

Sport Soccer Soccer Volleyball Tennis Tennis Swimming Tennis Tennis Golf

Name Walker, Brad dos Santos, Marco Agostinelli, Bruno Bisson, Chris Paxton, James Turnbull, Masumi Kristensen, Mads Batley, James Vernalls, Sam Kanth, Jirijoonas Musialek, Alex Burrows, Elvis Shaler, Patrick Johnson, Rohan Dyce, Graeme Boshoff, Morne Grobbelaar, Warren Strijdom, Reinhardt Sorrillo, Rondel Acevedo, Jose Orta, Luis

The opportunities and tools I have been given to develop my game in the U.S. are not available at home. - Louise Ljungstedt 24

Hometown Sydney, Australia Sau Paulo, Brazil Niagara Falls, Ontario Ottawa, Ontario Ladner, BC Richmond, BC Denmark Somerset, England Northallerton, England Vantaa, Finland Dax, France Freeport, Grand Bahama Dublin, Ireland Kingston, Jamaica Edinburgh, Scotland Cape Town, South Africa Pretoria, South Africa Pretoria, South Africa Vessingy, Trinidad & Tobago Caracas, Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela

Sport Soccer Soccer Tennis Baseball Baseball Soccer Golf Swimming Soccer Soccer Tennis Swimming Swimming Swimming Tennis Swimming Swimming Swimming Track Track Track

Campus Safety

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• Reader’s Digest magazine ranked UK as the fourth-best campus for safety in the nation. • Emergency telephones that directly dial the University police are located throughout campus. • The University, Air Force ROTC and UKPD sponsors SAFECATS, a free walking and mobile escort service to any campus location.

• Various campus organizations sponsor The Cat’s Path, a series of paw prints that lead students through well-lit and patrolled areas of campus. • UK Alert notifies parents, students and faculty of emergencies and weather information on, or around campus through text messaging and e-mail.


Recruiting Process

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This is a short synopsis of the recruiting process, NCAA regulations and a timeline that we hope will be helpful in your decision. Freshman and Sophomore Years First and second years of high school

Junior Year Third year of high school

Senior Year Fourth year of high school

NCAA Division 1 coaches are not allowed to email or call you. However, you are allowed to contact coaches and they are allowed to speak with your high school coach or swing instructor.

Beginning Sept. 1 of your junior year, coaches are allowed to e-mail you and send letters of correspondence.

The Official Visit: A member institution may finance only one visit to its campus for a prospect. A prospect may take a maximum of five expense-paid visits, with no more than one to any single institution. This restriction applies regardless of the number of sports in which the prospect is involved, and only for expense paid visits to Division I or II institutions.

The Unofficial Visit: A prospect may visit a member institution’s campus at his or her own expense an unlimited number of times. A prospect may make unofficial visits before his or her senior year in high school. During an unofficial visit, the institution may not pay any expenses or provide any entertainment except a maximum of three complimentary admissions to a home athletics event at any facility. Coach’s Comment: These two years are good years to make unofficial visits to campuses. If the coach is available, you should call and stop in to say hello. Remember, it is important to visit different campuses in an effort to better understand what you want in a school.

Coach’s Comment: By the end of your junior year, you should try to make several unofficial visits to schools that you think are a good “fit”. This might include more than one unofficial visit to schools of interest. At Kentucky we have full-day unofficial visits. During this time, potential student-athletes have an opportunity to interact extensively with players and coaches. We like “recruits” to attend a class, meet with representatives from their potential major, tour campus, attend an information session and see our off-campus golf facilities. We try to schedule these visits around outstanding football or basketball games, so potential student-athletes have the best opportunity to see elite UK athletics.

In all sports, a prospect may not be provided an expense-paid visit earlier than the opening day of classes of the prospect’s senior year in high school. A member institution may not provide an expensepaid visit to a high-school prospect who has not presented the institution with a score from a PSAT, an SAT, a PLAN or an ACT test taken on a national testing date under national testing conditions. You must also register in the NCAA Eligibility Center. In addition, a member institution may not provide an expense-paid visit to a prospect who has not presented the institution with a high school academic transcript.

Beginning July 1 before your senior year of high school, coaches are allowed to call you once a week to speak to you about their university.

When I began to look at schools as a junior in high school, one of my main priorities was to be at least two hours away from my hometown, which is just outside of Lexington. As I continued my search, I realized just how beautiful Lexington is. I found myself comparing every school to UK’s coaches, team, facilities and environment. I knew that I could trust and improve my swing with Coaches Blackwelder and Ryan. - Betsie Johnson


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Only the Best Wear Nike Kentucky not only wears Nike, but is under an all-school contract with the athletic apparel company. In 1997, UK signed the popular contract with the makers of the trademark swoosh. Thanks to Nike’s extensive research and product development, UK student-athletes stay on the cutting edge of quality and style with all their gear. All 22 sports use Nike shoes and equipment and over the course of the contract, the Wildcats will receive millions of dollars worth of clothing and equipment. While clothing adorned with “Kentucky” was already popular throughout the nation, thanks to Nike and its international marketing reach, UK’s blue and white can now be found worldwide.

Getting all of our Nike gear is better than Christmas morning! - Ashleigh Al brecht 27


A great place to live >>

• Lexington has a population of 260,000, but still has a small-town atmosphere. • As one of the top places to live in the country, Lexington is ranked the 15th best place to live and 17th safest city.

• The Bluegrass Airport is a 10 minute drive from campus. Its major airlines include Delta, United, Continental, Northwest, US Air and American.

• Lexington has four shopping malls and seven unique shopping areas located downtown and close to campus.

• Lexington is home to UK's 22 sports teams, the Lexington Legends Class A baseball team and the Lexington Horsemen arena football team.

• The Bluegrass is a beautiful area with rolling hills, horse farms, and the Keeneland and Red Mile race tracks. 28


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The Bluegrass State >>

• Kentucky is one of only four states in the nation designated as a commonwealth. • State capital is Frankfort • State bird is the cardinal

• State tree is the Kentucky Coffee Tree • State song is “My Old Kentucky Home”

• State flower is the goldenrod • Kentucky has more miles of running water than any other state except Alaska. • Kentucky has the world’s longest cave system – Mammoth Cave – with over 300 miles of mapped passageways.

• Central Kentucky is internationally known as the Horse Capital of the World. • Kentucky is the home of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and 2014 PGA Championship.


Myra Blackwelder

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Head Coach >> Third Season

Coach Blackwelder is the reason I fell in love with Kentucky. She knows so much about the game because she once played on the LPGA Tour. She knows how to make a team effectively work together, which is proven in last year's results. - Heather Lott First Season >> • Recorded five top-10 tournament finishes • Directed Mallory Blackwelder to the NCAA Tournament as an individual • Set school’s low-round record at the Mason Rudolph Championship with a 290 Second Season >> • Led the team to the NCAA Regional Tournament • Recorded seven top-10 tournament finishes in eight regular season events • Directed eight golfers to 14 top-20 finishes • Set school’s low-round record at the LSU Golf Classic with a 288 Education >> • University of Kentucky (Agriculture and Agronomy, 1979)

LPGA >> • LPGA Tour Member 1980-1997 • Rookie of the Year 1980 • 2nd Place 1980 LPGA Corning Classic Head Coaching >> • Woodford Country High School • Transylvania University 2000-01 • University of Kentucky 2007-Present Teaching >> • Man ‘O War Golf Club instructor • Planter’s Row instructor Honors & Achievements >> • Founding member of the Kentucky Sports Authority • LPGA Goals and Objectives Chair 1988 • LPGA Veterans Forum Chair in 2005 • 2008 Ryder Cup Task Force member • Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame • Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame • Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame


Brendan Ryan Education >> • Campbell University (Business Administration, 2004) • California University of Pennsylvania (Masters in Sports Management) Head Coaching >> • McMaster University from 2005-07 • Coppin State University 2004-05

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Assistant Coach >> Second Season

Brendan’s desire to see each of us succeed is unbelievable. He has been a huge part of my development. He plays with me daily and spends countless hours helping me improve my game. - Megan Moir

Assistant Coaching >> • Ohio Wesleyan University 2004 Management >> • Founded Brendan Ryan Golf Instruction in 2005


Ashleigh Al brecht

2009-10 Kentucky Women’s Golf Class >> Freshman Hometown >> Murrieta, Calif. High School >> Murrieta Valley H.S.

Ashleigh had a tremendous year of amateur and junior golf her senior year of high school. Although she has only played golf for four years, she has already appeared in two U.S. Amateur tournaments, and a U.S. Open. Ashleigh has all the tools to be a game-changing player for our team. She is very solid tee to green, and has made significant strides in her short game and course management skills. High School Highlights >> • Competed in the 2009 U.S. Women's Open and Amateur • Member of Team USA, champions of the 2008 Mazuno Cup • Placed third in stroke play at the 2008 California Women's Amateur • Finished first in 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Sectional Qualifying • Named to the 2009 All-IJGT Team


Sara Hurwitch

2009-10 Kentucky Women’s Golf Class >> Senior Hometown >> Sterling, Va. High School >> Dominion H.S.

High School Highlights >> • Named 2003 Junior Female Player of the Year by the Virginia State Golf Association • Won the 2004 Virginia High School League Girl's State Open Championship • Advanced to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open twice • Tallied four top-five finishes in AJGA competition

Highlights At Central Florida >> • Led UCF in the final two events of the fall, beginning with a tie for sixth at the Lady Pirate Invitational • Earned Co-Golfer of the Week honors by the Conference USA office • Earned second-team All-Conference USA honors • Placed second overall at the Badger Invitational Junior Highlights >> • Led the Wildcats at the Kiawah Island Classic where she finished tied for 14th • Carded a team-low 73 in the second round of the NCAA Regional • Second on team in par three scoring, averaging 3.19 strokes-per-hole • Finished the season with a 78.3 stroke average.

Sara was a solid contributor to our squad last spring and she contributed several key rounds under 75. Sara is working to add distance off the tee and she has a polished short game. Over the summer she has added some muscle mass, which should help her continue to improve on longer courses.


Betsie Johnson

2009-10 Kentucky Women’s Golf Class >> Freshman Hometown >> Nicholasville, Ky. High School >> West Jessamine H.S.

Betsie is coming off an outstanding summer season after competing in local and national events. Betsie has worked extremely hard on her golf swing, strength and fitness throughout her junior and senior years of high school. I expect her to make a significant contribution to our team.

High School Highlights >> • Champion of the 2009 Marion Miley Invitational • Advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2009 Women's Western Amateur • Low amateur at the 2009 Tennessee Women's Open • Top finisher at the 2006 PGA Junior Series at Kearney Hills • Took first place at the 2007 Kentucky Junior Amateur • Participated in the U.S. Girls Championship in 2007 and 2008


Louise Ljungstedt

2009-10 Kentucky Women’s Golf Class >> Junior Hometown >> Lidingo, Sweden High School >> L'Estradska Gymnasium

High School Highlights >> • Claimed first in the 2006 Srixon Junior Open • Best round was a 71 on the Skandia Tour • Had seven top-three performances for her career Freshman Highlights >> • Posted two top-20 finishes • Placed 20th at the Crimson Tide Classic • Played in nine tournaments and 27 rounds • Recorded a season low of 73 Sophomore Highlights >> • Recorded a seventh-place finish at the Lady Mocs Intercollegiate • Carded season-low round at Ron Moore Intercollegiate with a final-round 75

Louise has made significant strides in her ball striking in terms of distance off the tee and in hitting greens in regulation. She is now focused on short game improvement, and overall strength and fitness. Over the summer she played a lot of competitive golf in Sweden, and she will get a chance to build on her solid play. 35

Heather Lott

2009-10 Kentucky Women’s Golf Class >> Freshman Hometown >> Baton Rouge, La. High School >> St. Joseph’s Academy

High School Highlights >> • 2007 Louisiana State High School 5A Tournament Individual and Team Champion • Holds the record for the lowest finish at the Louisiana High School State Championship • Louisiana State Junior Championship champion 2008 and 2009 • Top finisher at the 2008 PGA Junior Series at Kearney Hills • Runner-up at the 2009 Louisiana State Amateur

Heather had a solid summer of golf. She was an experienced junior golfer, with several key wins under her belt. Heather is a very consistent golfer, with strong course-managment skills and a polished short game. She is currently focused on building strength and fitness, which should lead to more distance off the tee. 36

Laura McGehee

High School Highlights >> • Named the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2006 • Also named to the Regional All-Tournament team in all four seasons of high school • Qualified for the state tournament in each of her four years of high school • Named to the Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star Team and the Kentucky Post first team in 2005, 2006 and 2007

2009-10 Kentucky Women’s Golf Class >> Sophomore Hometown >> Lakeside Park, Ky. High School >> Villa Madonna Academy

Laura has worked hard on her golf swing and course management over the last year, and she is improving rapidly. She will have an opportunity to continue her progress and good play this fall.

Freshman Highlights >> • Made her collegiate debut as an individual at the Lady Mocs Intercollegiate • Earned a top-20 finish at the event


Megan Moir

Class >> Redshirt Freshman Hometown >> Louisville, Ky. High School >> Sacred Heart Academy

High School Highlights >> • Finished in the top-five at the 2007 Marion Miley Invitational • A member of the 2006 and 2007 all-region golf team • Became the youngest athlete ever to be named to the Kentucky State Team, which finished in the top 30 in the 2007 USGA State Team Championship • Five-time Catholic School Athletic Association golf champion • Awarded a varsity letter four times in golf and basketball, and three times in softball Freshman Highlights >> • Redshirted

Megan has worked very hard on her game, and she looks forward to testing the waters of college golf. Megan has plenty of length off the tee, and she is focused on improving her short game and consistency. 38

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Alyssa Randolph

2009-10 Kentucky Women’s Golf Class >> Sophomore Hometown >> Knoxville, Tenn. High School >> Farragut H.S.

Freshman Highlights >> • Recorded Kentucky's low round of the season with a 4-under-par 68 at the LSU Golf Classic • Earned a top-10 finish at the LSU Golf Classic • Helped lead the Wildcats to a first-place finish at the Lady Mocs Intercollegiate • Competed in eight of Kentucky's 10 events

High School Highlights >> • Led her team to two state titles and two state runners-up • Named Tennessee Player of the Year and Tennessee PREPxtra Player of the Year in 2008 • Qualified for the U.S. Girl's Championship in Seattle • Won four American Junior Golf Assocation events • 2004 Tennessee Girl's Junior champion • On the AJGA she recorded six top-10 and three top-five finishes • In 2006 she won four tournaments in a row on the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour

Alyssa was our most improved player in last year’s spring season. She added twenty yards off the tee, which propelled her to a top-10 finish at LSU. I expect Alyssa to make a significant contribution during her sophomore season. 39

Ashlee Rose

Class >> Sophomore Hometown >> Nicholasville, Ky. High School >> West Jessamine H.S.

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Ashlee brings the team's lowest overall stroke average into this season and she has shown steady improvement over the last 12 months. Ashlee is an accomplished player with length off the tee and accurate iron play. This season she will work on polishing her short game and course management.

High School Highlights >> • A member of the KHSAA All-State team for five years • 2007 Transnational Amateur Junior Champion • Helped lead West Jessamine to the 2007 state championship • Made the cut in the 2008 First Tee-Champions Tour event at Pebble Beach Freshman Highlights >> • Finished second overall at the Lady Mocs Intercollegiate • Recorded the squad's second-lowest round of the season with a 70 in the first round of the LSU Golf Classic • Finished the season with a 77.19 stroke average, second lowest on the team • Led the team in total birdies with 50 • Competed in all of Kentucky's 10 events


Erica Still

Class >> Senior Hometown >> Waycross, Ga. High School >> Ware County

Sophomore Highlights >> • Carded a personal best low round of 71 in the first round of the Mason Rudolph Championship • Helped bring Kentucky to the team's fourth place finish at the Wildcat Fall Invitational, UK's best finish on the season • Earned her best finish in a tie for 18th at the Crimson Tide Classic Junior Highlights >> • Recorded Kentucky's low-rounds at the MercedesBenz Championship and Lady Tar Heel Invitational • Led the Wildcats to a top-10 finish at the Mercedes-Benz • Placed 10th at the Mercedes-Benz for her best finish of the season • Recorded three top-25 finishes for the season High School Highlights >> • Posted two SJGT victories and two top-10 finishes in AJGA Tournaments • Captured six GA/PGA Tour events • 2004 Georgia High School AAAA State Tournament runner-up • 2006 Georgia High School AAAA State Tournament Champion Freshman Highlights >> • Led the team in scoring in seven of the team's 11 tournaments • Notched four top-20 finishes • Carded a low-round of 72 twice in the season, including her collegiate debut at the Cougar Classic

Erica had an outstanding fall season her junior year, and she hopes to return to form for her senior season. She is a solid ball striker, and always a threat to shoot low scores. 41

2009-10 Kentucky Women’s Golf

Kristin Vincent

2009-10 Kentucky Women’s Golf Class >> Senior Hometown >> Burlington, N.C. High School >> Walter Williams H.S.

Junior Highlights >> • Placed seventh at the Lady Mocs Intercollegiate • Recorded her season-low score of 73 in the first round of the Ron Moore Invitational • Averaged 77.92 strokes-per-round • Competed in nine of Kentucky's 10 events

Highlights At N.C. State >> • Fired a three-over-par 75 during the second round of the Cougar Classic • Placed in a tie for 38th at the Landfall Tradition

Kristin will serve as our senior captain this year. She is one of the team's hardest workers, and demonstrates the work ethic required to make game-improving changes. She was one of our most consistent players last year and she continued to improve her game over the summer.

High School Highlights >> • Placed third in the 2005 N.C. High School State Championship • Semifinalist in the 2003 N.C. Junior Girls Championship and runner-up in 2006 • Runner-up in the 2006 Carolinas Junior Girls Championship • Represented NC in the 2003 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Girls Challenge Team matches • Two-time qualifier for the USGA Junior Girls Championship • Finished in the top-10 in the Independent Insurance Agent Junior Classic National Championship in 2005 • Had three top-10 PGA Junior Series finishes • Had four top-10 AJGA finishes including a fourth place finish Sophomore Highlights >> • Earned her first top-10 finish at the Crimson Tide Classic • Played in six tournaments during the season • Recorded a 78.4 stroke average


Season Outlook

2009-10 Kentucky Women’s Golf

In the 2009-10 season, the Kentucky women’s golf team looks to continue last year’s groundbreaking success. The Wildcats competed in eight regular-season events during the 2008-09 season, where they recorded seven top-10 finishes. To cap off the season, the Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Central Regional Tournament held in Columbus, Ohio.

Kentucky’s roster remains mostly intact, losing only Mallory Blackwelder who graduated in May. For the 2009-10 season, the Wildcats add three freshmen with impressive resumes. Ashleigh Albrecht joins the Cats from Murrieta, Calif., after making appearances in the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Open over the summer. Heather Lott comes to Kentucky from Baton Rouge, La., where she won the 2009 Louisiana State Junior Championship and took second place at the Louisiana State Amateur. Betsie Johnson, a 2009 Women’s Western Amateur quarterfinalist and low amateur at the 2009 Tennessee Women’s Open joins the team from Nicholasville, Ky. Ashleigh Al brecht

Seniors Sara Hurwitch, Erica Still and Kristin Vincent lead the Wildcats this season. They are joined by junior Louise Ljungstedt and sophomores Alyssa Randolph, Laura McGehee, and Megan Moir. The pairing of Kentucky’s experienced leaders and strong underclassmen prove the Wildcats have the ability to produce another impressive season.

Heather Lott Betsie Johnson

Seniors Erica Still, Sara Hurwitch and Kristin Vincent 43

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Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational Bettie Lou Evans coached the Wildcats for 23 years from 1978-2001. During her tenure as a coach, Evans was named Mid-Atlantic 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. Kentucky began holding an annual fall invitational beginning in 1976, a tradition that continues. Today, the event is held at the University Club and attracts top teams from around the nation.

Bettie Lou Evans is synonymous with UK Women's Golf. She has positively impacted and touched the lives of several generations of young women. - Myra Blackwelder

The Challenge at Kinderlou Forest In its first year, Kentucky and Kennesaw State are set to co-host The Challenge at Kinderlou Forest March 2-3, 2010.

We want to make The Challenge at Kinderlou Forest the premier collegiate golf tournament in the country. - Myra Blackwelder 44

Kinderlou Forest has hosted the Nationwide Tour’s South Georgia Classic since 2007 Located in Valdosta, Ga., Kinderlou Forest Golf Club was designed by PGA Tour member Davis Love III.

Mary Fossum Invitational


Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup

Lansing, Mich.


Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational

Louisville, Ky.


Qdoba Invitational

The Challenge at Kinderlou Forest

Lexington, Ky.

Tiger-Wave Classic

Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship 10/16-18/09 Knoxville, Tenn. 2010 Anteater Invitational Challenge at Onion Creek


Austin, Texas

SEC Championship



Tuscaloosa, Ala.



Valdosta, Ga.

New Orleans, La.


Gator Women’s Golf Invitational

Miami, F la.


Dove Canyon, Calif. Gainesville, F la.

2009-10 UK Women's Golf Yearbook  

Yearbook for the Women's Golf team at the University of Kentucky, containing bios, history, records and additional information.

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