|Lydia Gumm as a freshman |
(Courtesy of CoachesAid.com)
It was Gumm’s sixth straight victory in the event. I think they should go ahead and give her the trophy for next year’s invitational, don’t you?
With birdies at 2, 3, 4 and 5, Gumm carded a 32 on the opening nine. She was just getting warmed up. The prep golf star birdied six of her final seven holes, sinking a seven-footer on the final green for a 29. She thought it was pretty cool.
“I’ve always wanted to do that [shoot in the 20s],” Gumm told The News-Enterprise. “It was definitely a special day. It’s a great feeling.”
Um, the 61 wasn’t a fluke. She shot the same score last year (her fifth consecutive Kentucky Invitational title).
“I don’t know what it is about that course,” she said, “but I love playing on that course and in that tournament.”
A southpaw, Gumm has appeared in Sports Illustrated (Faces in the Crowd) and Golfweek. She was named Kentucky’s Miss Golf at the age of 12, the youngest athlete to receive the honor. Her father, Greg Gumm, is her high school golf coach and a Kentucky Hall of Fame baseball coach.
About that latest 61—it included a missed two-foot birdie putt and a three-putt green. Lydia Gumm could go even lower.
−The Armchair Golfer