LOUDON – For the second time in three years, the Scott Probasco Trophy is clad in orange.
University of Tennessee sophomore Mikayla Bardwell shook off a rough start in the final round of the Tennessee Women’s Amateur and stormed back to claim a three-stroke victory at Tennessee National.
Bardwell birdied five holes en route to a back-nine 31, joining 2018 tournament champion Mariah Smith as two Tennessee Women’s Amateur champions on the current Lady Vols’ roster.
“This means so much to me,” Bardwell said. “I used to live in Knoxville (before moving to Texas) and now I’m back here again going to school, so it’s special. It’s also exciting to represent the University of Tennessee.”
“I’m extremely honored to win this championship.”
Bardwell was joined in the next-to-last group of the final round with Smith, who met here with a “I’m so proud of you” as they walked off the 18th green.
Bardwell and Middle Tennessee State University sophomore Catherine Caudill were tied for the lead at one-under with two holes left to play.
Bardwell’s final two holes were dramatic as she ran in a 35-foot birdie putt on the par three, 17th to take the outright lead.
She followed that with another long birdie on the final hole to give her a two-shot advantage with Caudill still to finish in the group behind her.
“I was just trying to hit the middle of the green on 17 and I was able to do that,” she recalled. “I had like a 35-footer, down the hill and against the bowl and it went in perfect. The last hole I hit a good 25-footer and it went in as well.”
Bardwell finished with a three-day total of 3-under, 213 (71-73-69). Caudill was runner-up at even, 216 (72-71-73).
Gallatin 16-year-old Kynadie Adams finished third at 1-over, 217 (74-70-73). Adams turned in an impressive resume in TGA events in 2020, recoding runner-up finishes in the Tennessee Women’s Open and Tennessee Girls’ Junior in addition to this week’s effort.
Smith, Abby Hermann of the University of Memphis, and Caroline Caudill of MTSU tied for third at 3-over, 219.