Carter wins Kentucky State Amateur Championship

Murray State’s Payton Carter won the 2022 Kentucky Women’s Amateur Championship and former racer Jessica Widman-Grace captured the Mid-Am Division title in Georgetown, Ky.

Murray State’s women’s golf program was well represented with six current student-athletes competing in the 95e organization of the women’s event at the Cherry Blossom Golf Club.

Carter, of Henderson, who has a year left to play for the Racers, beat defending champion Rylea Marcum of Eastern Kentucky 2&1 in the championship game Wednesday morning. Carter trailed 2-0 after three holes but birdied back-to-back to put the game in a five-hole game. She took the lead on the seventh hole, but the match was tied again after 15 holes, setting up a spectacular finish. On the par-3 16eCarter made the par to win the hole, then she closed out the match win with an 18-foot birdie at the par-5 17e.

Carter played all 17 holes of the championship game at 6 under par and hit all 17 greens in regulation time. She and Marcum combined for 11 birdies in the title match.

“I knew I had to birdie all day to beat Rylea,” Carter told the Kentucky Golf Association. “I focused on one stroke at a time throughout the day; hitting the fairway, hitting the green, making the putt. Rylea didn’t miss a putt to start the day, but I was able to make a few holes on it and hold It’s been a great year, and this win just adds to it. I’m grateful for the incredible golf I got to play and for the opportunity to be the champion of this event.

It took good play just for Carter to advance to the Finals. In her quarter-final match, she was two holes away with three to play, but managed to advance after birdieing on the 18the hole to pass Alaina Schmitt of Bellarmine University. Carter cruised through the semifinals with a 3&2 victory over University of Kentucky player Ryan Bender.

Aside from Carter, there were several other current racers competing, including Lauren Gilchrist, Emma PayneEllie West, Katherine Weir and Kaitlyn Zieba.

Carter earns Murray State’s fourth win at Kentucky State Amateur and first since Anna Moore won it in consecutive years in 2017 and 2018. Jessica Widman-Grace is the only other rider to win the title in 2007.

Widman-Grace, who coached Carter at Henderson County High School, captured the Kentucky State Am Mid title with a 3-2 victory in the Finals over Krissy Martin. Widman-Grace, played for the Racers from 1996-2000 and was the first female golfer to be inducted into the Murray State Hall of Fame in 2007.

About Murray State Athletics
Located in Murray, Kentucky, the Murray State University Department of Athletics is a member of NCAA Division I and plays in the championship football subdivision. The Racers have 15 programs, including men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and golf teams and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, athletics and volleyball, as well as a mixed team of riflemen. . Currently a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, the Racers join the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2022. The Racers will become a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2023.

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