The Richmond Register

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June 28, 2014

EKU: Colonels athletes performing well during summer events

RICHMOND — Current and former members of the Eastern Kentucky  University women’s golf team are playing well this summer.

Rising junior Rachel Welker tied for fifth at the Indiana PGA Women’s Open, which was held on Wednesday and Thursday.  Welker opened with a round of 75 before closing with a final round 2-under 70. Her 36-hole total of 145 was just four shots behind the winner.

The Terre Haute, Indiana native shot par or better on 16 of the final 18 holes, including five birdies. Over both rounds, she shot par or better  on 30 of the 36 holes.

Junior to be Becky Sharpe competed this week at the 2014 Women’s Kentucky State Amateur at Lakeside Golf Course in Lexington. Sharpe had the  second best score in the qualifying stroke play round, shooting a 3-under 69. The top 32 after the qualifying round advanced to a match play tournament.

The Williamsburg, native won her first two matches to reach the final eight. Sharpe fell to Ellen Kehoe, 1 up, in the quarterfinals.

Former Colonel April Emerson also competed in the Kentucky State Amateur. She entered as the defending champion and advanced to the finals for the fourth straight  year. Her bid to become a four-time winner of the event came up short in the finals. Emerson met Lydia Gumm in the finals for the third time in the last six years. Emerson won the first two meetings, but Gumm took the 2014 match 4 and 3.

Emerson won the Kentucky State Amateur in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

EKU baseball’s Nowlin faces USA national team

Eastern Kentucky University outfielder Kyle Nowlin recently faced the USA Collegiate National Team after earning a spot on the Coastal Plain League Select Team. Nowlin is playing for the CPL’s Martinsville Mustangs this summer.

The rising junior did not get the start against Team USA, but entered the game to play center field in the bottom of the sixth inning. Nowlin led off the top of the eighth inning with a walk in his only trip to the plate.

The USA Collegiate National Team held on for a 4-2 victory over the Coastal Plain League Select Team.

Nowlin has stated all 22 games for Martinsville this summer and is fourth on the team with a .293 batting average.The Harrison, Ohio native has one home run, 15 RBI, 18 runs scored and four stolen bases. Nowlin batted .307 with six home runs, 26 RBIs, 47 runs and 15 stolen bases for Eastern Kentucky this past season.

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