LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville golfer Molly Skapik had the round of her life Tuesday, shooting a seven-under 64 to lead the Kentucky Women’s Open by seven.
Heading into Wednesday’s final round, the senior from Ohio struggled at Harmony Landing Golf Course. Her lead was down to two after missing a par putt at 17.
Skapik was playing with some Cardinal teammates in the final group. Sophomore Lauren Hartlage started to put some pressure on the leader, shooting a two-under 69 in the final round.
Skapik was able to outplay Hartlage on the final hole despite missing another short putt. A second round 75 proved good enough to outlast her college comrade and claim the Kentucky Open title.
But even with the win, Skapik was less than satisfied with her sloppy finish. She credited her seven-shot lead for the win.
"That was definitely not the way I wanted to finish," she said. "I knew Lauren was close, definitely a good friend of mine, and she played great today. I didn't quite have it like yesterday, but that's expected. I'm just glad to get in one better than Lauren, so that was fantastic."
As for Hartlage, she felt she had a small advantage because playing with a large lead can be difficult in any sport.
"I didn't have any pressure coming in," she said. "I just knew that I was so far behind that if I just played a great round that there may be a shot. I just played my game and didn't have any worries or pressure."
This is Skapik's first win in five years and a much-needed confidence boost heading into her final college season with U of L.
U of L's Meghan Nay and Olivia Cason finished third and fourth with 147 and 149, respectively.
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