Alex Carl was the lone Northern Kentucky golfer to qualify for the championship flight at last week’s 100th Women’s Metropolitan Amateur Championship golf tournament. Yet she was surrounded by friends and fellow champions among the 96 participants at Cincinnati Country Club.
“There was a lot of people there. It’s an exciting tournament,” Carl said. “It’s great to play match-play golf because I don’t get to do it that often.”
Carl, the 2013 Women’s Metropolitan champion, advanced with a rainy-day stroke-play qualifying score of 8-over-par 78. She deemed it a “moral victory” and earned the seventh seed in the 16-player championship flight. Her qualifying foursome included two other Met champs, two-time winner Lynn Thompson (1980-81) and Allison Schultz (2010), and Bradley golfer Abigail Wellens. They all made it to match play.
“We had a lot of fun. I enjoy playing in the tournament,” said Carl, from Union. She represented Traditions Golf Club. When she’s not on the links, she works in the finance industry. She had a previous stint as a graduate assistant golf coach at Southern Mississippi, where she was in a two-year program.
Carl and Schultz, a pair of former college golfers, had a chance to catch up after the qualifying round. Carl, who played for the University of Cincinnati, knocked off 10th-seeded Thompson, 1-up in the match-play round of 16, but was eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual champion Hanna Lee from Xavier University.
Carl’s three-day stay added to the overall enjoyment of being part of the Greater Cincinnati Women’s Golf Association’s century celebration of its marquee event.
“One of the best things about golf is you can play it a while, and have fun,” she said. “I don’t get to play as much competitive golf, but I like getting out there. I’ve always been a competitor, so I’m always going to try and do my best.”
Carl has been succeeding at the sport for quite some time. She was a five-time high school state tournament qualifier, once as a Beechwood eighth-grader and four times at Notre Dame Academy. She had four top-10 finishes at state with a high of third. She was a two-time regional and conference champion. She’s also a three-time ladies club champion at Triple Crown Country Club.
In college, Carl joined forces with her mother, UC women’s golf coach Janet Carl, as a four-year member of the Bearcats. Coach Carl, an LPGA Tour veteran, was in the gallery two years ago when her daughter became only the second Women’s Met champion from Northern Kentucky in four decades.
Alex Carl was named to the 2013 All-Big East women’s golf team as a UC senior. She tied for fifth at the Big East Championships with a career-low single-round score and a career-low three-round total. She recorded two top-five and six top-10 finishes as a Bearcat.
It was a big year in 2013. She won the Women’s Met that summer at Losantiville Country Club. In September, she was featured on an episode of the television series “The Real Winning Edge” a half-hour broadcast that introduces viewers to talented young golfers. Filming took place at UC and Traditions. But there’s one more goal for Alex Carl.
“I definitely want to win another Met,” she said. “It would be nice to say I was one of the girls who won it twice.”