Mackenzie Neal had a rough opening round on Tuesday at the 24th Kentucky Women's Open in Shepherdsville.
She birdied No. 2 and No. 12, but had four bogeys and a double bogey and was tied for a 22nd place after shooting a +4, 76.
The Madison Central graduate bounced back on Wednesday and climbed her way up the leaderboard.
Neal had six birdies in the final round (No. 3, 8, 9, 15, 16 and 17) and finished with a 69 — the third-lowest round of any competitor on the day. Her two-round total of +1, 145, tied her for ninth place with three other golfers.
The event took place at Heritage Hill Golf Club.
Neal helped Madison Central capture the 2015 Kentucky High School Athletic Association state golf title.
She signed with Morehead State and jumped into the line-up immediately.
Neal played nine rounds as a freshman (2019-2020) and had a team-best 75.78 average. She had the low round of any player on the squad when she shot a -1, 71, at the MSU Greenbrier Invitational on Sept. 17, 2019.
The Lady Eagles played in only four tournaments as the season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Neal also a had very good first year in the classroom at Morehead State.
She was one of five Lady Eagles to earn All-American Scholar honors by the Women's Golf Coaches Association, the organization recently announced. The team had a cumulative GPA of 3.91 in the spring semester.
A total of 1,401 women's collegiate golfers, including 29 from the Ohio Valley Conference, earned the prestigious honor of being named a WGCA All-American Scholar. The distinction carries some of the most stringent selection criteria in all of college athletics, with athletes needing to carry a minimum grade point average of 3.50.
Neal is studying pre-med/biology at Morehead State.