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Marion native to play in national tournament

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

 

Recently, Beverly Brockman Games of Elizabethtown was selected to play on a team representing Kentucky in the USGA Women’s State Team Championship, a national tournament that will be held in Savannah, Ga., on Oct. 4-6. Usually, to qualify for this tournament players must participate in certain events prior to this one. However, Kentucky was not going to send a team originally, and on short notice, chose to put one together.  
The team will be captained by 49-year-old Martha Leach from Hebron. Leach had someone tell her about Games and her ability to play, so Leach contacted Games. After some consideration, Games accepted the offer and agreed to play on the team. Along with Games and Leach, 27-year-old Laura Patrick from Ashland will be participating.
Games said that she has been preparing for this type of course since accepting the invitation.
“I’ve been practicing longer irons for the longer course a couple of times a week,” Games said. “I’m super excited about this opportunity, and am very honored just to be asked.”
This tournament is one of only a handful of amateur events that the USGA conducts each year.
“The invitation came out of the blue for me,” Games said. “I haven’t been playing much this year, just a couple of tournaments in the Elizabethtown area.”
The 37-year-old Games played her high school golf as a member of the Marion County Lady Knights.
“Somewhere around the seventh or eighth grade I began to really play,” Games said.
After becoming one of the most decorated female golfers in Marion County High School history, Games went on to play on the very first female golf team at Eastern Kentucky University. In 1993-94, Games became an inaugural member of the women’s golf team at EKU, and was allowed to use her freshman year as a red shirt year. Games completed her college education and graduated in 1997, and has been playing in amateur tournaments ever since.
The USGA Women’s State Team Championship is a bi-annual event held every other year since 1995. The team from Kentucky has never won the competition, and had their best showing in the inaugural tournament in 1995 by placing in a tie for ninth place. Since then the Kentucky team has finished no better than tied for 15th.
According to Games, this tournament format takes the best two scores of the three player field for each of the three day tournament, and totals them to get a team total. Basically, there will be six scores used to determine a team’s final total score. The top three teams will receive trophies, and the best overall individual score will also get an award, according to Games. Games will leave for Savannah, Ga., to begin her practice rounds Saturday, Oct. 1.