June 28, 2013

Sharpe continues to shine on the links

By Rob McDaniel
Sports Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The Kentucky Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament was held this week at Crooked Creek Golf Course.  Golfers from all over the state showed up to compete in the week long tournament.

Among those competing was Becky Sharpe, 19, a member of the Crooked Creek Golf Club, from Williamsburg.

Sharpe, a sophomore at Eastern Kentucky University, said she started golfing at a pretty early age.

“I started golfing when I was 10,” Sharpe said.  “I played every other sport that I could think of and just didn’t really like any of them.  I had gotten these golf clubs when I was like 5 years old, so one day I decided to go out to the range to give golf a try and I ended up really loving it.”

She waited two or three years from the time she took her old clubs to the driving range before she started competing in local golf tournaments.

Now, Sharpe is a member of the EKU golf team and helped her team win the Ohio Valley Championship in April and competed in EKU’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA regional championship.  She is no stranger to the stress of competing in golf tournaments.

“I really enjoy playing golf because of the people you meet,” Sharpe said.  “Most of the friends that I’ve made are from summer golf matches.  I also like golf because it’s a life-long sport.  You can play as long as you want.  I know of people in their 70’s that play and are still pretty good.”

Sharpe won her match Wednesday against Mackenzie Price and advanced to the quarter finals, which was delayed Thursday due to inclement weather.

In addition to competing in the Kentucky Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament, Sharpe plans on competing in the Women’s Open and the Marion Miley Invitational tournaments later in July.

The Kentucky Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament will conclude later this morning.  Immediately following the tournament winners will receive awards.  Sharpe’s collegiate golfing career will continue in the fall where she hopes that EKU will continue their streak from last year and take the OVC Championship once again.