Women’s Golf Fights for Championship in Season’s Largest Field at the Kiawah Island Classic
By Ryan Frye, Morehead State Athletic Media Relations
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Facing the largest tournament field of any collegiate event in the country—41 total teams and 210 total players—Morehead State women’s golf finished in the top half of the field, competing for a championship on the tournament’s final day.
After splitting time between both the Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Cougar Point and Oak Point courses during the event’s first two rounds, Morehead State made a home at Cougar Point by virtue of being one of the tournament’s top-19 teams, earning the ability to compete for the tournament’s championship.
Despite ultimately finishing 18th, the Eagles found themselves in the top-10 for much of the tournament to put themselves in the hunt for a championship, crafting scores of 297-304-320-921.
Morehead State finished with one player, freshman Olivia Hensley, ranked in the top-50 of the 210-player field with a pair of golfers knocking on the door—sophomore MacKenzie Neal and fifth-year Gypsie Hutchinson.
The Eagles return to the course in two weeks, competing at the Western Kentucky Spring Break Shootout. The two-day event tees off from Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City, Fla. on March 15.
Morehead State (297-304-320-921) – 18th
Olivia Hensley (76-73-79-228) – t-46th
MacKenzie Neal (75-73-81-229) – t-51st
Gypsie Hutchinson (71-80-78-229) – t-51st
Bridget Connolly (75-78-82-235) – t-100th
Hailey Rietz (85-89-84-258) – t-200th
- Olivia Hensley concluded the Kiawah Island Classic tied for tenth in the field in Par-5 scoring, finishing three-under for the tournament on Par-5s, averaging 4.77 strokes per Par-5. It marks the second time in as many events to start her career that she has finished in the top-10 in a tournament field in Par-5 scoring.
- In Sunday’s opening round, Hensley also carded one of 24 total eagles at the Kiawah Island Classic, doing so on the Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Cougar Point’s Par-5 ninth hole. Her eagle is the first for an Eagle since MacKenzie Neal’s hole-in-one at the Mid-American Challenge on Feb. 3, 2020.
- Carding 38 total pars this week, Neal tied for ninth in the field in pars. The event marks the second-consecutive in which she’s finished top-10 in the field in pars, carding 79 total pars this season.
- Gypsie Hutchinson paced Morehead State in Par-4 Scoring at the Kiawah Island Classic, finishing three-over for the tournament in Par-4s, tying for seventh in the field. Neal who tied for 19th at six-over on Par-4s joined her in the top-20 in the field.
- Hutchinson’s opening-round 71 marked the third-lowest round for an Eagle this season while being the third individual round below par for the team this season. Hensley’s second-round 73 tied for the lowest round of her young career.