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Former North Hardin standout Lydia Gumm enters today’s final round seven shots out of the lead in the 57-player Lexmark Kentucky Women’s Open at the 6,245-yard, par-72 Keene Run at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville.
Gumm, a Florida State sophomore and the reigning Women’s Kentucky State Amateur champion, shot a 4-over 76 Tuesday. She finished with 10 pars, three birdies (holes one, nine and 11), three bogeys and two double bogeys.
“I thought I played pretty well today,” Gumm said in a text message. “My score doesn’t really show it.”
Gumm was even at the turn, but both double bogeys came on the back nine.
“I just made two doubles and that kills a round,” Gumm said. “Other than those two holes, it was a good day.”
Tuesday’s average score was 82.7 and there were just 30 birdies made in the 1,026 holes. There were no hole-in-ones or eagles and five holes — four, six, 14, 17 and 18 — had just one birdie each.
“The course is tough and the strong winds made it play really difficult,” Gumm said. “I hope tomorrow I can finish strong.”
Gumm begins her final round at 10:40 this morning in a threesome with Campbellsville’s Ellen Kehoe (76) — who she beat en route to her State Am title — and Louisville’s Tara Lyons (77).
Elizabethtown junior Rebecca Black enters today 21 shots out of the lead in a six-way tie for 50th at 90. Her round consisted of five pars, nine bogeys, three double bogeys and one triple bogey.
Black tees off at 8:20 this morning in a threesome with Parksville’s Rachel Pingleton (89) and Lexington’s Allison Leigeb (90).
Versailles’ Mallory Blackwelder, a winner of “Big Break” on The Golf Channel, enters today with a two-shot lead with a 3-under 69. Behind her are Louisville’s Lindsay Gahm — the two-time defending Kentucky Open champion — and Kentucky sophomore Haley Mills.
PRUDENTIAL KENTUCKY SENIOR OPEN. Hodgenville’s Steve Cox shot a 75 on Tuesday to finish in a four-way tie for 16th in the 109-player field with a two-round 156 at the 6,483-yard, par-72 Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green.
Cox’s final round consisted of two birdies, 11 pars and five bogeys.
Elizabethtown’s James Keith shot an 87 to finish in a two-way tie for 89th at 177. His round included eight pars, five bogeys and five double bogeys.
Lexington professional Craig RauvolaBouta won with a 144, while Paducah’s Mark Knecht and Richmond PGA teaching professional Pat Stephens tied for second at 146.