On a day when the Capital Classic was celebrating its history, one of its youngest competitors walked away with the title.
Abby Smith, who will be a senior at Xavier University this fall, won the women’s invitational golf tournament Thursday at the Frankfort Country Club by shooting an even-par 72.
This is the second time in the last three years Smith has won the tournament, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Smith set the women’s course record with a 65 in winning the tournament two years ago.
Smith, a graduate of Franklin County High School, was the only player to shoot par. Finishing second was two-time champion Cynthia Powell with a 74.
“I was three over at one point, going to 14,” Smith said, “and I wasn’t playing very good. All my shots were going left.
“I birdied 14, and my putt on 15 lipped out. I birdied 16 and I birdied 18. I finished strong. I wasn’t hitting anything very good, but it was nice to finish strong like that.”
Smith has been slowed this summer by bruised ribs suffered in an accident with a car door. That left her unable to swing a club, but she was able to work on her short game.
“My putting was fine,” she said. “I only had one three-putt. My putting and chipping were good. I got up and down a few times. With most of my shots going left I was trying to keep it in bounds.
“On 15 I was a foot from being out of bounds. I got lucky there, and I was almost out of bounds on 10. I almost bounced the ball down the road.
“This is the third time I’ve played in a month because of the bruised ribs. I’m OK with a 72.”
The bruised ribs didn’t interrupt Smith’s summer golf schedule, and the Capital Classic is her last tournament before heading back to Xavier next week.
“Even when I wasn’t playing I worked on my putting and chipping,” Smith said, “and that at least kept a club in my hand.”
Smith was one of six past champions recognized during the awards presentation. The others were Anne Combs, who’s won the tournament 13 times; six-time champion Beth Curlin, Sandy Martin, Krissy Martin and Powell.
Combs and Janie Collins were recognized for their participation in the tournament. Combs has played in the Capital Classic every year since it started. Collins played in the first tournament and nearly every one since then, and Addie Stokley was recognized for being the tournament’s treasurer for 47 years.
The gross and net winners from each of the four flights, along with the greatest drive and closest to the pin winners, are listed below. Smith was the overall winner, and Powell took first gross in the championship flight.
Greatest drive, No. 5 — Abbi Stamper
Closest to the pin, No. 17 — Denise Wentz
Closest to the pin, No. 8 — Sandra Shelton
Closest to the pin, No. 2 — Norma Wigglesworth
Gross — 1. Cynthia Powell 74, 2. Eliza Hudson 76, 3. Allison Leigeb 76.
Net — 1. Charlotte Logsdon 68, 2. Hilda Hodges 69, 3. Ann French Thomas 70.
Gross — 1. Debbie Cummings 86, 2. Charlotte Nelson 87, 3. Pam Beebe 88.
Net — 1. Mary Mathews 68, 2. Jean Vickers 72, 3. Marcia Gauding 72.
Gross — 2. Bobbye Brown 89, 2. Carol Ferguson 93, 3. Marggie Sebastian 95.
Net — 1. Brenda Wilson 68, 2. Patti Sebastian 71, 3. Sandra Shelton 72.
Gross — 1. Billie Robinson 96, 2. Shirley Wilhoite 100, 3. Glenna Glass 102.
Net — 1. Jody Gaynor 71, 2. Lynn McCoy-Simandle 75, 3. Patricia McKinney 76.