The 91st Kentucky Women’s Amateur Championship began Monday at Cherry Blossom Golf Course in Georgetown with the 32-player field in the match play tournament’s championship flight being cut down to eight.
The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on Tuesday and the championsip match will tee off at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Defending champion Elsa Moberly, who just finished her sophomore year at Eastern Kentucky University after playing for Mississippi State as a freshman, won both of her matches on Monday to keep alive her title defense. Moberly defeated Georgetown College golfer Baylee Salyers 6 and 5 in their opening-round match and knocked off Western Kentucky University’s Bailey Tyree 3 and 2 in the second round.
Moberly earned Kentucky Miss Golf honors in 2014 as a senior at Pulaski County High School. She’ll tee off against 15-year-old Rylea Marcum in the quarterfinals at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Marcum, who just finished her sophomore year at Scott County High School, defeated Morehead State golfer and Lexington native Gypsie Hutchinson 3 and 2 in the second round.
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Also still alive in the tournament are Murray State’s Anna Moore and Lexington Christian Academy junior-to-be Laney Frye.