Bevill plays in NCAA women’s golf tourney

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By Sharon Graves

The News-Democrat

Lyndsey Bevill, currently playing for Northern Kentucky University and Carroll County graduate, has qualified to play in the NCAA women’s golf championship this weekend.

Findlay Country Club in Findlay, Oh., is the site for this year’s championship that will pit 72 of the nation’s best women golfers against each other, according to her coach Darryl Landrum.

Bevill, a junior at NKU, qualified for individual play and will be participating in the four-day tournament with 11 other women golfers from across the nation.  There will also be 12 teams of five players, but the NKU Norse did not qualify in team play, Landrum said.

“Lyndsey is a good solid consistent performer.  Mentally she beats a lot of people,” Landrum said.  “She stays calm and tries to hit shots she knows she’s capable of making.  She has the best attitude.”

That trait should hold Bevill in good stead during tournament play this weekend because Landrum also said, “the ones who can handle pressure, they’ll do better.  There is a lot of pressure for a coach even though I’m not swinging the clubs.”

“This is really tough to do,” Bevill explained as she spoke about playing a college sport and making good grades in a recent phone interview.  “My grades were really good early in the semester, but you are so busy towards the end, you can almost expect them to drop a letter.  I’ve been really busy with finals too.  It feels pretty good to come up here to play and not have to worry about school.”

Bevill prepared for the NCAA championship at the Findlay course by practicing her short game.  Bevill explained that she has always heard that your short game is critical on the Findlay course.

She had two practice rounds Monday and Tuesday and begins championship play Wednesday through Saturday.   

Bevill qualified at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon, Pa., in the NCAA East Regional when she shot a 19-over-par 235, according to a press release from NKU.

Highlights from the match will be played on CBS on July 4, according to Bevill.