Former Pulaski County star Elsa Moberly prevailed 3 and 2 against ex-Anderson County standout Kaitlyn Riley in the championship match of the Kentucky Women’s State Amateur at Elizabethtown Country Club on Friday.
Moberly, who birdied seven holes and only needed 16 holes to clinch the victory, started slowly. She bogeyed two early holes before recovering with birdies on four of the last five on the front nine.
Moberly, the 2014 Miss Golf winner, and Riley, who won a national title at Cumberlands in May, headed to the back nine all square.
“I had birdied four out of five holes and I had gotten into a rhythm,” Moberly said. “My thoughts the entire time were to birdie as many holes as I could and just keep trying to pull away.”
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My thoughts the entire time were to birdie as many holes as I could and just keep trying to pull away.
Elsa Moberly, EKU golfer
Moberly did just that with with three more birdies on 13, 15, and 16, which gave her an insurmountable lead.
With the win, she avenged her exit in the quarterfinals in last year’s State Am.
Moberly will try to carry her momentum into her next event, the U.S. Amateur qualifier in Lexington, N.C., in July.
She will also use the experience to help her in her first season at Eastern Kentucky this fall. Moberly will be playing right away as a sophomore after transferring from Mississippi State.
But for now, she can have a few moments to bask in the glory of her State Am victory.
“I just want to thank God and my family,” Moberly said. “My dad is my coach. He’s a golf pro at Eagle’s Nest Golf Course in Somerset. He’s just been one of the biggest keys to my success, and my family has been so helpful.”