Kylie Raines to compete in U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Championship

Kylie Raines, a graduate of the University of Indianapolis and granddaughter of Marietta High 1959 grad John Wilburn, will compete in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Championship next week in Kingston Springs, Tenn. Courtesy photo

John Wilburn is one proud grandpa these days.

The Marietta resident’s grand-daughter Kylie Raines is scheduled to compete in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Championship at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, Aug. 6-12.

“And if she wins it, she’ll get to play in an LPGA tournament,” said the 77-year-old Wilburn, who was a member of the undefeated 1959 Marietta Tigers football team.

Also slated to golf in the same tournament in Tennessee is former Parkersburg South star Adeena Shears, who recently won the West Virginia Women’s Amateur championship at Parkersburg Country Club. Shears is currently golfing at The Ohio State University.

“I know Adeena,” said the 22-year-old Raines. “This is so exciting. I’m looking forward to the tournament.”

Wilburn’s daughter and Raines’ mother is Darcy (Her father’s name is Russell.), who helped the Linda Eddy-coached Tigers compile a 20-3 record in 1986. So, there is an impressive pedigree.

Raines herself was a standout golfer at Dublin Coffman High (near Columbus) for four years.

How good was she?

Very.

“By the way, she’s golfed at Lakeside and shot a 68 over there,” Wilburn said.

After prep graduation, Raines competed in golf at the NCAA Division I level at Eastern Michigan for one year. Later, she transferred to D2 University of Indianapolis in Indiana.

At UIndy, Raines enjoyed continued success on the links and capped her senior season as a second-team All-American. At the D2 Championship in Houston, Tx., in May, she carded a 74 to help the Greyhounds claim the national title.

A recent UIndy grad, Raines majored in sports management with a business administration minor. Currently, she’s working as an intern in the Pro Shop at the OSU Scarlet Course, where she’s also been practicing.

Raines said that she’ll be traveling to Tennessee Saturday, and play a practice round on the course Sunday before competing for real on Monday.

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