By STEVE CORNELIUS, CJ Sports Editor
This past weekend many golf fans were glued to their televisions watching the PGA Championship, played in Pittsford, NY.
However this weekend, some of the best golf might have been played right in our own backyard at Eagle’s Nest Country Club.
Pulaski County High School junior Elsa Moberly put up some astounding numbers on Saturday in the Lady Maroon Invitational, in defense of her individual title.
As always, Moberly was superb on her home course as she toured the front nine holes at 7-under-par 29, which included a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole.
The par-3 eighth hole is the local course’s signature hole with an elevated tee box and water surrounding most of the green. Just a par on this hole is sometimes difficult.
“The hole was playing 122 yards to the pin, so I hit 9-iron and it landed about 10 feet behind the flag and spun back in,” Moberly explained. “Saturday, my game was going great. I was hitting good approach shots into the greens and I was making the putts. The front nine helped me a lot with my 64.”
Moberly, who is ranked internationally and nationally amongst junior girl golfers, has had a big summer on the American Junior Golf Association tour. Moberly competed in the U.S. Girls Junior Championship, finished in the top 20 of the Junior All-Star Invitational, placed third in the Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star Tournament and finished runner-up in th PNC Bank Junior Championship just last week.
“This was my best round ever (on Saturday) and I feel like my game right now is getting better,” Moberly said. “I just got second recently in my AJGA (tournament), so I had a lot of confidence going into this tournament.”
“Playing on Eagle's Nest everyday does help, but I feel like I played great on Saturday and in my other tournaments,” Moberly added. “I would like to thank God, my family, and my coach James Powell.”
Moberly’s nearest competitor, Hannabeth Owens of Rockcastle County, shot an impressive 3-under-par 69, but was never in contention after Moberly’s front nine score of 29.
Moberly finished third in last year’s KHSAA State Tournament and has finished runner-up twice in the Regional Tournament. Although this was Moberly’s first high school tournament of the season, she is already considered as one of the best female golfers in the state.
The state’s top ranked Sacred Heart won the team title with a score of 301, while Pulaski finished fifth with a 346. Pulaski junior Kaylee Wilson shot a 86 on Saturday, but carded a 77 last week in the Lexington Christian Invitational. Junior Kelli Blount, junior Shelby Wesley and senior Lexie Park round out the Lady Maroons’ varsity golf team.
Pulaski County High School girls golf coach James Powell not only sees great things from his star golfer Moberly, but he sees great things for his entire team come regional tournament time.
“Without a doubt, Elsa Moberly is a tremendous golf,” Powell stated. “Her hard work, dedication and work ethic has made her a great golfer.”
“But at the same time, she acts as a coach on the course by her encouragment of her fellow golfers and the example she sets with her tireless work ethic,” Powell said. “This team is family oriented with a great supporting cast of parents. I think because of all these factors we will be one of the regional favorites along with Russell County, Casey County and Williamsburg.”