HARTLAGE COMPLETES US WOMENS OPEN AT 10 OVER PAR.
As you probably know, if you've been reading Cardinal Couple this week or heard our Saturday podcast, Cardinals alumnae standout Louisville golfer Lauren Hartlage participated in the US Women's Open at Pine Needles Golf Course in North Carolina this week, starting Thursday.
72 holes later, the meet has drawn to a close and Hartlage finished with a 10 over par total of 294. That was good for a tie for 51st., and earned her $24,103. Lauren was four under par with a score of 140 after Friday's round, but shot a 78 on Saturday and a closing round of 76 on Sunday. The final score of 294 seemed to be a popular one in the field, six other golfers besides Hartlage had 294 for the 72 holes.
The event was won by Minjee Lee with a four round total of 13 under par 271. That score was the lowest ever in the history of the event and four strokes better than second-place finisher Mina Harigae. Lee hails from Perth, Australia and has a brother on the men's PGA Tour. She's been on the pro circuit for eight years.
Making the "cut" for women's golf's biggest event for the year is quite the feather for the "rookie on the tour" Hartlage and one can only anticipate what lies in wait next for, arguably, the best golfer to ever graduated from the University of Louisville. I, as well as many others...I would expect, look to the future with excitement on just how good Hartlage will be eight years from now. Or even eight months from now.
Being on the professional tour, I would assume, takes a golfer awhile to get into the routine, travel, different courses each week and different climates. Going from a college atmosphere, focus and competition into the professional ranks is, obviously, quite a change in routine. Hartlage was fortunate to have a college coach in Whitney Young, who had played on the tour and was available to help Hartlage prepare for what life might be like "in the bigs".
It's a whole different realm than the cart golf I played when I participated in the game. A good day was losing less than half a dozen golf balls and getting the rare chance to actually putt for par. I'm sure my compadres here at Cardinal Couple could join me in telling some stories about life on the course. To do what Lauren, of any pro golfer or excellent amateur does never ceases to amaze me.
We here at Cardinal Couple wish Lauren all the best a her journey continues.
DANA DOES IT
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, we have a clip below of Dana Evans incredible shot from beyond half court yesterday in the Sky vs. Mystics game
LINK: Dana Delivers
Chicago downed Washington 91-82 and is now two games out of first place in the WNBA East at 7-3. Evans played 19 minutes yesterday and had 12 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds. On the Washington side, Myisha Hines -Allen had 13 points in 22 minutes.