Martin plays key role in Louisville’s Cardinal Cup triumph

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Martin plays key role in Louisville’s Cardinal Cup triumph

Mairead Martin (Photo by Tony Marshall/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Kanturk’s Mairead Martin played a key role in helping the University of Louisville women’s golf team to its first win of the season in record-breaking fashion, as it won the 16th annual Cardinal Cup with a three-day score of 868.

For her part, the Irish International finished in second place on the individual table, two shots off the lead with a 6-under-par 210. She carded a final-round 3-under-par 69 which included four birdies, with all of her gains coming during a late charge on the back nine.

Martin led the tournament in par-3 scoring, finishing with a 2.83 average and 2-under-par. She was also second in par-4 scoring with a 3.87 average.

“It was a really great weekend,” Martin said. “I felt really comfortable out here and I enjoyed it a lot. I felt really proud of my performance, and especially the team’s performance this weekend as well.”

Also playing a starring role was  Lauren Hartlage who tied a program record by shooting a final-round 7-under-par 65.

“It was an unbelievable day,” head coach Whitney Young said. “The team really came together. Everyone contributed this week, and today especially. They just kept fighting and making birdies. To be able to have my first team victory as a head coach here at the Cardinal Cup, I could not ask for anything more. ”

UofL earned its ninth Cardinal Cup victory after setting a new tournament record by three strokes with a final-round 8-under-par 280. It also ranks tied for fifth lowest all-time in program history. The Cards bested second place Kentucky by eight shots after entering the final round four shots off the lead. Louisville’s 54-hole score of 868 ranks fourth all-time in Cardinal Cup history.

This was the final tournament of the fall season for the Cardinals. They return to the course when the Cards host the Moon Golf Invitational February 17-18 at the Duran Golf Club in Melbourne, Florida.

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