LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky women’s golf program signed two elite golfers to its incoming class during the first signing period, head coach Golda Borst announced Saturday. Cathryn Brown of Eddyville, Ky., and Brooke Oberparleiter of Laurel Springs, New Jersey, will be eligible to compete in fall 2023.
“We are thrilled to sign Cathryn and Brooke,” Borst said. “They both embody what we look for in our players, and I know they will impact our program going forward.”
Brown is a 2022 Kentucky First-Team All-State selection, after winning second place in the KHSAA State Championship on a 146-to-2 par. The first three. She also finished second in the 2022 Kentucky Golf Coaches’ Association All-State Championship this year, after Brown shot a 2-under 142 in the event.
The incoming rookie has won numerous tournaments during her golfing career, including becoming a two-time Bowling Green Invitational champion and the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Eagle Creek Open Championship. She also won the 2022 Cullan Brown Invitational, the 2022 Kentucky Girls Junior PGA Championship, and the 2021 AJGA Bellefonte Qualifier. Additionally, she was named team captain for the 2022 Mason Cup at Olde Stone. She once produced a career-best 64 at Boots Randolph Golf Course in Cadiz, Kentucky, which set the women’s course record. Brown is currently ranked 146th on the AJGA Rolex Junior Rankings.
Borst on Brown:
“Cathryn has been a Wildcat all her life and she’s one of the hardest working players I’ve ever seen. She’s grown and matured a lot over the past two or three years, and I think she can be one of the best players to come out of Kentucky State as she continues to develop. We are proud that Cathryn, Rodney and Emily are officially joining our Kentucky women’s golf family. They have a strong passion for Kentucky, and we look forward to having Cathryn on campus next August.
She’s always been a Wildcat, but now it’s official.
Please welcome @cathrynbrown22 to the Great Blue Nation. 🙌💙😻
— Kentucky Women’s Golf (@KentuckyWGolf) November 12, 2022
Oberparleiter comes to Lexington with many accolades, including being the winner of the prestigious 2022 Jones/Doherty Amateur Championship in Fort Lauderdale and winning the 2021 AJGA Imperial Headwear Junior Classic. Oberparleiter was also invited to play in the ANNIKA Invitational Presented by Rolex AJGA 2022, where she finished just once for 26th place among the nation’s top talents. Last summer she also played in the 2022 AJGA Junior at Dupont Presented by Weatherman producing a 215 2-over-par for third place.
Oberparleither finished in the top 16 of the 2021 Florida State Women’s Amateur Championship, after knocking out the No. 1 seed at the event. She was also a member of Jupiter High School’s 2019 golf team which won a state championship in Florida. The Wildcat is currently ranked 167th in the AJGA Rolex Junior Rankings.
Borst on Oberparleiter
“Brooke’s game has really taken off in the last two years. Her work ethic and intensity really struck me as a coach when I watched her last summer. She’s a strong competitor and you can tell she really loves golf. We are thrilled to have Brooke join our family and look forward to having her on campus next fall.
We are pleased to introduce Brooke Oberparleiter #BBN.
✨ Jones Doherty 2022 Amateur Champion
✨ Imperial Headgear Champion 2021
✨ Knocked out the No. 1 seed at Florida State Am.
— Kentucky Women’s Golf (@KentuckyWGolf) November 10, 2022