whitedude 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (7/3/13) – After an impressive spring semester with the University of Kentucky men’s golf team, rising senior Ben Stow continued his strong play on Tuesday when he posted a 2-under-par score in a 36-hole local final qualifier at Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian, Scotland, punching his ticket to the 2013 The Open Championship. Stow becomes the first Kentucky player to ever qualify for The Open Championship while still a member of UK’s golf team.
 
The Open Championship, which is one of four major tournaments on the Professional Golf Association Tour, will be July 18-21 at the historic Muirfield Golf Club in Scotland. According to The Open Championship website, Muirfield is widely regarded as one of the finest golf courses in the world and will be hosting the championship for the 16th time.
 
The native of Salisbury, England, is one of three players to qualify for the major tournament out of the Gullane Golf Club qualifier. Stow, who was the top finisher in the qualifier that featured 72 players, including longtime PGA Tour professional Colin Montgomerie, posted a 1-over-par 72 in his opening round before an impressive 3-under-par 68 in his final round to seal a spot in The Open Championship. Stow’s stellar round of 68 tied the lowest round of day as the UK star carded an eagle on the par-5 third hole and three birdies in the final 18 holes.
 
"Ben is one of the most talented and dedicated young men I have ever been around,” said UK head coach Brian Craig. “It is great to see the fruits of his labor pay off with him qualifying into the British Open. What a year to get into The Open as well with it being played at historic Muirfield Golf Club in Scotland. This will be a phenomenal experience for Ben and I could not be prouder of him."
 
Stow, who joined the Wildcats in the spring of 2013 after sitting out the fall semester due to transfer rules, competed in all eight spring tournaments for Kentucky, earning Division I PING Midwest All-Region honors. Stow made his debut with the Wildcats in the Mobile Intercollegiate, finishing tied for 27th, while his best finish on the year came in the Schenkel Invitational, where he finished tied for ninth at 1-under-par. Stow’s best round of the season came at the Gary Koch Invitational when he carded a 4-under-par 68 en route to a career-low 54-hole score of 215. Stow also posted a 54-hole score of 215 at the Southeastern Conference Championships. The talented golfer finished first or second on the UK team in six of his eight events in the spring, leading the Wildcats in the spring with a stroke average of 73.92.

whitedude 500
SurfKY News
Information provided by Wes Crane (UK Athletics)

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church VBS Set for June 1 thru 5

DRAKESBORO, Ky. (5/21/15) — Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church will hold vacation Bible school from June 1-5. Classes… Read More

HPD Officers Receive Treatment after Alleged Assault

HENDERSON, Ky. (5/21/15) — According to a Henderson Police Department report, on May 19, 2015, officers performed a… Read More
1 DOW 18,269.48
-16.26 (-0.09%)    
2 S&P 2,130.16
-0.66 (-0.03%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,101.37
+10.58 (0.21%)    

Most Read This Week

May 15, 2015 10086

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 19, 2015 5165

Owensboro Health Proposes Building $15M Health…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 16, 2015 4934

Roses Coming Soon

by SurfKY News
May 18, 2015 3634

Madisonville Man Wanted for Attempted Murder in…

by SurfKY News
May 19, 2015 3592

Two Charged with Marijuana Possession after…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 10086

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 9535

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 21, 2015 2590

Police Charge Madisonville Man with Harassing…

by SurfKY News
May 21, 2015 710

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
May 21, 2015 617

UPDATE: Suspect in Officer Involved Shooting…

by SurfKY News
May 20, 2015 546

Four Go to Hospital After Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 21, 2015 489

Collision with Deer Results in Fatality on US 79

by Trooper S. C. Recke
May 21, 2015 437

EPA Rules Threaten Aluminum's Revival

by Jim Waters
May 21, 2015 405

Corrections Officers to Get Pay Raises to Retain…

by Jennifer Brislin