After finishing in second place in 2017, Rachel Kuehn came back and won this year's 13th annual Vicki DiSantis Girls' Championship. The tournament was hosted by the Carolinas Golf Association and held at the Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 12 and 13, 2018.
On Saturday, Kuehn gained a lead in the first round shooting 69.
On Sunday, she started strong, making four birdies in the first eight holes. Kuehn said she had a rough middle section of the round, but she was able to bring it back with an eagle on 14 and a birdie on 15. She ultimately shot 70, finishing the tournament with 139.
Kuehn said that winning the tournament meant a lot to her, both because she rose above last year's loss and because the final round was on Mother's Day.
Rachel Kuehn's mother, Brenda Corrie Kuehn, has also seen success in competitive golfing. Brenda Corrie Kuehn played for Wake Forest and was inducted into their hall of fame in 1999; she has placed on two U.S. Curtis Cup teams, competed in 16 U.S. Women's Amateurs and nine U.S. Women's Opens.
"I was really excited to overcome last year's disappointment and to be able to come through this year," said Rachel Kuehn. "My mom means the world to me, so I told her Sunday morning that I was going to win in her honor."
And win she did. Kuehn even tied for the championship record of five under par.
This continues a stellar year for Kuehn. In addition to winning two national tournaments in 2017, she took the NCISAA Girls State Championship for the second consecutive year and was named the NC Junior Girls Player of the Year by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association.
Earlier in May, she was awarded the Carole Martin/Northwestern Mutual Division II Outstanding Female Athlete in an Olympic Sport award from the Mountain Amateur Athletic Club.
Kuehn has committed to join Wake Forest's golf program upon her graduation from Asheville School.Join us in wishing Rachel Kuehn congratulations on her latest achievement! Follow Asheville School Sports on Twitter for updates, @avlschoolsports.