Becky Sharpe, a senior at Eastern Kentucky University, hoisted the 2015 Women's Kentucky State Amateur championship trophy at Danville Country Club on Friday after defeating University of Louisville sophomore Ellen Kehoe, 4 and 3.
This marks the first time Sharpe has won the state amateur championship.
Sharpe, from Williamsburg, was sharp throughout the championship round. She jumped to an early lead after she birdied the first hole and dropped a beautiful second shot onto the green on the par-5 third hole to begin the match-play finals. She proceeded to eagle the hole, which put Kehoe on the ropes.
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"I've played really well all week," Sharpe said. "I wasn't down in any of my matches. It was really important to get off to a good start today and keep that up."
It turned out to be a great start for Sharpe. Despite following up her eagle with a bogey on the fourth hole, Sharpe was able to capitalize with strong tee shots and an ability to put her shots within feet of the hole.
Kehoe's putting struggles also helped Sharpe pull away.
"She just played really good today," Kehoe said. "It's always fun playing with her. I missed quite a few shorter putts that I probably would normally make, but she played really good."
The final round concluded an exciting week of golf in Danville.
"We had a really good week here," Jessica Grace, president of the Women's Kentucky State Golf Association, said. "The weather has been awesome and the course is in fabulous shape. We've had some great golf and matches going into extra holes. Some under-par rounds going on. It's been interesting. We had two really good players in the championship match."