Kentucky golf advances to qualifying round for match play

-1EUGENE, Ore. – One day at a time. One hole at a time. One stroke at a time.

The Kentucky men’s golf team has lived that mantra all week and it has paid off as UK will move on to the qualifying round for match play after finishing 11th overall following 54 holes at the 2016 NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday. Kentucky is in the field among 15 teams who will compete for a spot in the final eight in match play which will begin on Tuesday.

Chasing Mark Buerger in Marching Ant 5K will start my Memorial Day

Mark Buerger getting ready for his 22-minute 5K Monday.

Mark Buerger getting ready for his 22-minute 5K Monday.

By LARRY VAUGHT

One advantage of  now being my own boss is that for the first time, I am basically enjoying a three-day Memorial Day holiday.

Saturday that included getting to join Michelle and Mark Buerger at a graduation party in honor of their son, Jacob. Trust me, it was vintage Mark Buerger — and that’s all I will say.

Today to got to join Mark for two hours on Community Trust Bank WLAP Sunday Morning Sports on WLAP (630 AM). Again, it was vintage Mark slobbering about auto racing and cutting off a few callers.

Kendra Harrison breaks American record

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The 2015 NCAA champion broke the American record of 12.26 held since 2013 by Brianna Rollins – who went on to win the IAAF World Championship that year.

The time of 12.24 is the second-fastest performance in history and the fastest ever on American soil.

Only Yordanka Donkova’s world record of 12.21, set in 1988, is faster than Harrison’s winning time.

Kentucky qualifies 23 for NCAA Track & Field Championships

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Seventeen women earned spots on the plane to NCAAs in Eugene, Oregon, by virtue of their top-12 finishes at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium over the past three days. The UK women’s team advanced 13 women’s entries from East Prelims last season, and 16 the year before.

Four men advanced to Eugene from prelims, while Tim Duckworth and Cameron Short entered this week having already qualified in the decathlon. Kentucky’s six men’s entries doubled the amount UK qualified for NCAAs last season.

Kentucky remains in contention for match play

-1EUGENE, Ore. – A strong back nine helped keep the Kentucky men’s golf team in contention for a spot in Monday’s qualifying round for match play following the second round at the NCAA Championship on the course of the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore. The Wildcats improved by three strokes as a team and head into Sunday in a tie for 15th with Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and San Diego State.

Sophomore Cooper Musselman and junior Stephen Stallings both logged 1-over par 71s to lead the Wildcats on the individual leaderboard. Musselman is tied for 48th to pace Kentucky through two rounds of competition.

Sophomore Evan White will play for USA Baseball in July

-1LEXINGTON, Ky.  Kentucky sophomore first baseman Evan White has accepted an invitation to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and will play against international competition in July, USA Baseball announced Friday.

“I’m very honored and very thankful to represent our country. This is a dream come true,” White said of his selection.  “The opportunity to represent the United States is awesome and it will be exciting to play with some of the best players in America.”

Marquis Teague cancels Saturday appearance

By LARRY VAUGHT

Matt DiLorenzo of Pro Player Solutions prides himself on delivering what he promises — and any time I have been at any event he’s been associated with he has done just that.

Saturday he had helped schedule an appearance for ex-UK point guard Marquis Teague at All Sports in Fayette Mall. Teague was the starting point guard on Kentucky’s 2012 national championship team.

However, that event has now been cancelled less than 13 hours before it was scheduled to start and DiLorenzo is not  happy at all.

UK pair reaches NCAA Doubles Round of 16

TULSA, Okla. – Kentucky’s top doubles tandem of Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi survived another scare in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championship, downing Southeastern Conference opponent Mississippi State’s Madison Harrison and Kristina Vozniak in tiebreak.

Much like yesterday’s match against Stanford, the Wildcats were stunned in the opening set by their Bulldog opposition.  Harrison and Vozniak mustered a 6-4 victory to gain the advantage going into the second set, but did not deter Adachi and Sutjiadi.

Guest post: Who are Calipari’s top five UK guys in NBA? Where will current Cats go in draft?

Anthony Davis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Anthony Davis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Vaught’s note:: Benjamin Schodowski is a Centre College graduate who spent some time with me during his college career from 2005-2009 in Danville. He’s a big-time UK fan and aspiring businessman who also loves to travel. Today he shares his thoughts on who are the best players John Calipari has playing in the NBA and the upcoming NBA draft in what I hope will be the start of regular posts by him.

By BENJAMIN SCHODOWSKI

Derek Willis “puts his heart into everything he does” — including Pilates

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Keely Potts insists that Kentucky senior Derek Willis has a lot more personality than fans or media members see when he’s being interviewed.

“He has a personality but you don’t really see it. Behind closed doors he won’t shut up,” said Potts, Willis’ girlfriend.

Certainly not when they have their “boxing” matches.

“We hit a punching bag at boxing and then have Soc-em boxers. It gets a little crazy. I feel like I am playing with my dad when I was little. It’s like going back in time. It’s not a legit fight, but we both get into it pretty good,” Potts said.