Coming off two individual championships last month, the Kentucky women’s golf team will host the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational this weekend at the University Club of Kentucky.
Twelve teams will compete Friday through Sunday at the U-Club’s Big Blue Course. Now in its 29th year of play and named after longtime UK head coach (1979 to 2001) and former director of operations (2002 to 2018) Bettie Lou Evans, the tournament is being played for the second straight year after a five-season hiatus.
Admission is free and fans are encouraged to attend. Current weather forecasts for this weekend show highs in the lows 80s with only a slight chance for rain Friday night and Saturday morning.
This weekend’s tournament will follow a Friday-Saturday-Sunday format with 18 holes slated for each round, plus a practice round Thursday. Play will begin each day at 9 a.m. ET with a shotgun start slated for Sunday’s finale.
UK has won the tournament 11 times, the last of which was in 2011, but Grace Roseshared individual medalist honors last season as a senior. Previously known as the Wildcat Fall Invitational before dedicating it to Evans, the tournament has been in existence since 1979. It was played every year until a four-year break from 1998 to 2001. There were also one-year breaks in 2007 and 2010 before a gap from 2012 to 2016.
This year’s field features Akron, Columbia, Eastern Kentucky, East Tennessee State, Indianapolis, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Toledo, Western Kentucky and, of course, UK.
Notre Dame won the tournament a season ago and Memphis won it in 2006, but Borst is hoping to keep both the team and individual trophies in Lexington year. With the way UK has competed in its opening two tournaments, there’s a great opportunity to do that.
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