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Drake Stepter hit a chip shot onto the green. Photo by Richard Davis
Drake Stepter hit a chip shot onto the green. Photo by Richard Davis
Golf - Wed, Aug. 31, 2016

Georgetown College men's and women's golf teams were not messing around in this early home opener to the fall season. The male Tigers cruised to the Bluegrass Fall Classic championship at Cherry Blossom Golf Course outpacing the closest competition by 24 strokes and just 11 strokes over par with a 587 over two days.

The women also played well despite the heat and walking 18 holes, shooting a 675 – seven strokes off the lead for second.

Drake Stepter, sophomore transfer from Freed-Hardeman University – won the men's side with a two-day card of 140, including a four-under par day Tuesday. He shot even par to start the tournament. Patrick Oakley, 147, and Michael Brown, 149, also made the all-tournament team.

"It was a great two days for us," said GC coach Austin Sparks. "These guys have been practicing hard and seeing the benefits. We are excited about the upcoming year."

GC had two full teams on the course and the second set of Tigers finished 26-strokes back in third with two guys finishing eighth or better. All five of the first Georgetown team finished in the top eight. Five guys tied for eighth, three of which were Tigers.

Katherine Leighty hits an approach shot. Photo by Richard DavisKatherine Leighty, Sydney Swingos and Baylee Salyers paced the women, making the all-tournament team. Leighty finished six strokes out of first with a 165 for the two-day event. Swingos was fifth with a 167 and Salyers tied for sixth with a 168.

"We are seeing progress as these ladies start to challenge each other in practice," said GC coach Taylor Elder. "I'm very proud of all my team and think we can do some big things this year."

The women return to action Sept. 12 and 13 in the University of the Cumberlands tournament. Then a week later, the men and women will both play in the Fall MSC Tournament in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.



 

 
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