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Golf: Lambert alum Kate Owens combines to win GSGA 4-Ball Championship
Kate Owens
KATE OWENS

Lambert alum Kate Owens paired with teammate Ivy Shepherd to capture the 2022 GSGA Four-Ball Championship after an outstanding 16-under 128 across the 36-hole tournament.

Owens and Shepherd outlasted a pair of UGA seniors in Jenny Bae and Jo Hua Hung, birdying four of the final five holes to take control of the match and win by two strokes.

The two teams were tied entering the second round after each posting a score of 8-under through the first 18 holes. A birdie by Bae on hole No. 10 gave the UGA pair a one-stroke lead that lasted until Shepherd's birdie on 12, which knotted the match until Owens and Shepherd's barrage of birdies through the final half of the back nine.

"Especially that last five-hole stretch was really, really awesome golf," Owens said. "It felt like match play, honestly, because we went in tied with Jenny and Jo. And when you have a format like this, you don't really expect anybody to make a big number, so it is essentially match play. It was so fun, it was so much back-and-forth, a lot of long putts made and a lot of birdies made for us down the stretch and some really clutch shots. It was just so much fun."

Owens, who recently completed her redshirt junior season at James Madison University, accounted for five of the pair's eight second-round birdies and posted a total of nine birdies through the tournament. 

Owens, the two-time Forsyth County News Girls Golfer of the Year, has enjoyed a decorated amateur career since graduating from Lambert in 2018. She is a two-time second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and has set four program records: single-season rounds of par of better [14 in 2021-22], single-season birdies [88 in 2021-22], career rounds of par or better [29], 54-hole total score [6-under 207 at the Edisto Island Invitational in 2019].

Owens is also a two-time winner at the GSGA Top Women's Classic, placing first in 2019 and 2021.