Lunsford Dominates the Competition and Becomes 45th Girl's Jr State Amateur Champion

FRANKFORT, KY – There was no stopping Kylah Lunsford this week at the 45th Girls' Junior Amateur Championship. Lunsford held a substantial lead following round two, ultimately leading to her dominating the field and taking home the Junior Amateur trophy.

Despite immense heat and difficult pin placements, Lunsford managed to shoot even par on the back nine during her second round of play. After a phenomenal day, she was the only player in the field to shoot under par for the duration of the entire tournament.

On Wednesday, Lunsford came in with smooth confidence and was undaunted by the difficult course conditions due to a tumultuous thunderstorm following round two. She sealed the deal after carding three birdies and a round of 75, resulting in her total gross score of 221 (+5).  

One other player joined Lunsford as a winner on Tuesday and that was Caroline Lankford in the 13-15 division. Lankford climbed steadily up the leaderboard, starting in 3rd place after round one, climbing to second place after a stellar round of 74, and then finally taking home the win by carding a 77.  She said her front nine today started out a bit hasty, but she got in the groove as she began to hit bombs on the back nine. Shaking on the green of hole 18, Lankford sunk a 4-foot birdie putt to determine her the champion 16-18 division and overall. 

Heidi Mitchell also had a great three days, making Lankford work extra hard to bring home the win. The duo went head to head during the final match, as they both shot 42 on the front. She struggled on 12, giving Lankford the edge. She finished with a total gross score of 231 (+15). 


  • The hardest hole throughout the entire tournament was Hole #11. The 350 yard par-three played +1.02 and only gave away 42 par scores over the duration of the three day tournament. 
  • There were 38 birdies turned in throughout the tournament, with Hole #18 holding allowing the most. Five birdies were made on the par five hole playing +.98 above average. 
  • Despite the spotty rain conditions on both Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, the course played a surprising 1.58 shots better on round three than it did for round two. 

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The Kentucky PGA Tour extends its utmost gratitude to General Manager Clay Hamrick, PGA, and Head Pro Eric Charron, PGA, and all the Frankfort Country Club staff and members who worked tirelessly to make this esteemed event happen. A special thanks go to the three supporting sponsors that allowed players an enhanced and special experience at FCC. Our appreciation extends specifically to these company representatives:

  • Mr. Josh Landacre and Mr. Evan Calvin from LandCal Logistics
  • Mr. Stephen Horn from Athlete Essentials
  • Mr. Donny Proffitt and Mr. TJ Hood from HD Construction 

Additionally, the Junior Tour would like to thank the many women from the Frankfort Country Club Ladies Golf Association for the donation of their time and effort to help transport our contestants throughout the week. Their excitement was contagious and their assistance was very much appreciated.

The Kentucky PGA Junior Tour continues its summer schedule next week with the Boys Junior Amateur Championship at Nevel Meade. The tournament will be held Monday through Wednesday and will host over 140 golfers vying to become the new Boys Amateur champion. 

Kentucky Junior Golf will continue to have full coverage of the tournament on its Facebook and Instagram pages.

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