University of Kentucky golfer Ben Stow, a rising senior from Salisbury, England, shot 2-under-par to win a 36-hole local final qualifier at Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian, Scotland, and earn a spot in the British Open next month. Stow is the first UK player to qualify for the major while still a member of the school's golf team.
The British Open will be played July 18-21 at Muirfield Golf Club in Scotland. Stow was one of three players to qualify for the major tournament out of the Gullane Golf Club qualifier. One who didn't was longtime PGA Tour professional Colin Montgomerie, who shot an opening-round 69 before following that up with a 76.
Stow's second-round 68 tied for the lowest round of day. He had an eagle on the par-5 third hole and three birdies.
"Ben is one of the most talented and dedicated young men I have ever been around," UK Coach Brian Craig said. "It is great to see the fruits of his labor pay off with him qualifying into the British Open. What a year to get into The Open as well with it being played at historic Muirfield Golf Club in Scotland. This will be a phenomenal experience for Ben and I could not be prouder of him."
Former Morehead State and Henry Clay golfer Josh Teater, who plays on the PGA Tour, will also play in the British Open. He won an international qualifier on June 20 in Dallas.
■ Tony Neely, entering his 20th year with the University of Kentucky athletics department, was promoted to assistant athletics director/media relations. As part of the promotion, Neely will oversee the daily operations of the athletics media relations office, UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced. Neely has spent the last 19 years as the primary media relations contact for UK's football team.
■ Athletes from all eight of UK's spring sports teams combined to earn 71 spots on the Southeastern Conference Spring Sports Academic Honor Roll. UK's honorees included 16 women's track and field team members, 14 from baseball, nine from softball, seven women's tennis players, eight men's track and field team members, six each from men's golf and men's tennis and five women's golfers.