K-State Freshman-To-Be Wins UK Tournament

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State freshman-to-be Ami Storey from Woodlands Park, Blyth, in northern England captured the Northumberland Ladies Championship at the par-73 Bedlingtonshire Golf Course Monday. The victory marked the second straight year that Storey has won the county (state) title.

Storey, who prepped at Cramlington Community High School, last year became the only golfer male or female in the 42-year history of the Northumberland junior association to win both the county junior and senior titles in the same year.

And she got off to a hot start in defense of her title last week, firing a two-round total of 76-73149 (+3) to finish stroke play as the tournament’s low qualifier heading into match play.

Storey made things look just as easy during match play, winning each of her four matches in convincing fashion to capture the tournament going away.

Story breezed to a 7-and-6 win in the first round, a 2-and-1 quarterfinal victory and a 4-and-2 win in the semifinals for the right to meet Faye Haffey a 20-year-old from Edinburgh University in the final.

Story trailed by a hole early but drew level on the ninth, thanks to a nifty shot out of the bunker that put her within four feet of the cup and helped her win the hole. She then kicked her game into overdrive and never looked back.

Her ability to consistently reach 250 yards while keeping her drives straight exerted too much pressure on Haffey coming down the home stretch. While Haffey was finding fairway rough and bunkers, Storey was delivering 50-yard pitches of unnerving accuracy from the fairways and effectively ended the contest by winning holes 10, 11 and 12 to stand three up with six to play.

After a half at 13, Haffey's three-foot putt horse-shoed out of the hole on 14 to put Storey up by four.  A half on 15 ended the match and gave Story the title 4-and-3.

With the victory, Storey will next lead her county team at Match Week, where the squad will compete against the other five Northern Counties in England for the overall regional title.