For the second-straight year, an Eastern Kentucky University golfer has claimed the championship at the prestigious Kentucky Open.

EKU senior Trey Bowling entered the final round tied for the lead and used a one-under par 71 wrap up the title Thursday in Louisville. He edged out Andrew Stephens of Union by two strokes and Ted Schulz of Louisville by three strokes.

The three-day tournament was played at the Audubon Country Club, a 6,720-yard, par-72 course.

Former Colonel and defending champion Phil Hendrickson finished tied for fourth (210), just four strokes off the pace. EKU senior Shaun McConnell tied for 13th (214) and ex-EKU golfers Ryan Britt (tied for 34 — 219), Brandon Berry (tied for 44th — 221) and Justin Moore (tied for 52nd — 222) also made strong showings at the event.

Bowling was sixth after the first round, but a six-under 66 on Wednesday vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard. The Manchester native fired his worst round of the tournament on Thursday and still held on for the title.

Hawkins dropped out of contention for the championship after shooting a final-round 78.

Hendrickson was 19th after the first round, then moved up to seventh heading into the final day of the event. The 2007 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year shot a 70 on Thursday.

EKU senior Jesse Massie and sophomore Corey Welch competed in the tournament, but failed to make the cut.

Friedrich continuing to shine in minors

Former EKU left-hander Christian Friedrich continues to impress in his first season of professional baseball.

The Colorado Rockies’ first-round pick in this year’s draft has allowed just one earned run in his past two starts and is 2-0 with a 3.48 earned run average in seven starts with the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League (Class A).

In his last start, Friedrich struck out 10, walking just one, giving up only three hits while not allowing a run in 5 2/3 innings Aug. 10 at Everett.

On Aug. 5 against Spo-kane, he picked up the win after giving up just one run on four hits while striking out nine in 5 2/3 innings.

So far this season, he has allowed two or fewer runs five times. Friedrich has struck out 42 and has given up just 27 hits in 31 innings.

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