Friday, September 9

Kentucky High School Girl Shoots 61—Twice

Lydia Gumm as a freshman
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WHILE HER TEAMMATES ARE POSTING scores in the 90s, Lydia Gumm, a junior at North Hardin High School in Radcliff, Kentucky, is playing a different brand of golf. A little more than a week ago Gumm fired a 61 on the par-70 Lakewood Country Club to win the Kentucky Invitational Tournament.

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.”

I guess.

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


Evan Ives said...

Wow, playing that kind of golf at such an early age is remarkable, she is a prodigy. They should think about having her compete against the Kentucky Boys in tournaments, I bet she could embarrass some of them too. I look forward to seeing her career in college/LPGA soon.

Tee Time at Ole Miss said...

That is amazing. What a great young talent. I'd love to see her play some of the guys at this course, too, Evan.

The Armchair Golfer said...

It will be interesting to see where she goes to college. Hopefully, her game will continue to mature as she moves to the next level.

BoKnowsGolfTips said...

I agree it will be interesting to see how she develops. I have seen tons of kids who have been standouts as teenagers and then to level off so to speak before college.

She looks to be an exception with a score such as that. I hope she continues to experience success and ends up on the LPGA Tour. That is just amazing.

Brian Kuehn said...

Big deal, I shot a 61 the other day. Oh wait ... did she do that for 18 holes???