Lexington’s Kathryn Miranda wins Columbia City Women’s Golf Championship

With a third-round 73, Lexington native Kathryn Miranda won the Sonic Women’s City Golf Championship at Columbia Country Club on Thursday.

“I’m really proud. This is the first time I’ve really won a tournament,” said Miranda, a rising College of Charleston senior.

Miranda began the day with a seven-shot lead on three-time defending champion Kelli Murphy. But Murphy started off on fire, making birdies on the first and second holes. She shot a 3-under par 33 on the front nine to narrow the gap as Miranda shot an even-par 36.

Miranda wound up besting Murphy, 213 to 215.

“I knew she was going to be tough today,” Miranda said. “I was just focusing on myself, just trying to hit some solid shots.”

Meanwhile, Murphy was not focusing on the ground she needed to recover.

“I didn’t really think about it,” she said. “I played the course better today than yesterday, so that is what was important.”

After making the turn, Murphy bogeyed the par-4 10th, but recovered with birdies on the 14th and 15th holes, and was within three shots of the lead.

“I knew the position I was in, but it really didn’t affect me that much,” she said.

She narrowly missed birdie putts on the final three holes.

On the par-3 17th, Murphy hit the green 30 feet from the pin. Her first putt skimmed the lip of the cup and she had to settle for par. She finished the 18th in similar fashion.

Murphy finished with a 68 — a nine-stroke improvement over her second-round score and the day’s best score.

Though she was a bit disappointed that her title streak came to an end, Murphy said, “I am proud of the way that I came back today.”

Rachel Moore finished third with a 225 after shooting a 74 in the final round.