THE 70th BOURBON OPEN: Faulkner claims third title

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By Dennis George

It was like a stroll in the park with your best friends.

That pretty much sums up Brad Faulkner’s round on Saturday when he shot a 5-under par 66 to claim his third Bourbon Open title.

Playing in the first group of the day with long-time friends Richie Berry, Tee Hayden and Doug Story, Faulkner hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation but three-putted three times.

As was the case with most of the field that competed on Saturday, Faulkner not only had to battle the course but the elements as well.

“It rained pretty hard on us those last four holes,” he said.

Faulkner, who won this tournament in 2009 (3-under par 68) and 2012 (8-under par 63), says that it’s a special weekend.

“I’ve known Richie and Tee since we played junior golf together, and it makes for a good reunion to come down and play in the tournament,” he said. “Tee’s parents come out and watch us play and so do Richie’s, and this year his son did too. It’s just a lot of fun to come down and play with your buddies in this tournament.”

Logan Edelen of Bardstown had a chance to tie Faulkner late Sunday afternoon.

He was 3-under par entering the par-five finishing hole, but his eagle chip rolled just past the cup. Edelen finished with a sparkling 4-under par 67.

On the women’s side, Gayle Crawford made it three in a row and four overall — she shared the 2013 title — as she too overcame the hard rain on Saturday and turned in a 5-over par 76.

“It rained hard on us early in the round, but it eased up some on the back nine,” Crawford said. “I ended up having to take my visor off every time I would hit a shot because the water was dripping down the front of it.”

She hit nine greens in regulation, and later noted that helped her score well.

“If I don’t have to chip, I can play pretty well. I’m not the best chipper in the world, and it helped that I drove the ball well and putted well and didn’t have a lot of chip shots.”

Tournament chairman Danny Nally said that the tournament was another success.

“There was a lot of good golf played, and everyone seemed to have a good time,” he said.

Nally said that the addition of Thursday tee times helped resolve some of the congestion on the course for the rest of the tournament.

“We had several groups play on Thursday and several more said that they would like to play on Thursday next year.”



Championship Flight

1st Brad Faulkner 66

2nd Logan Edelen 67

3rd Ben Spalding 69

4th Troy Adams 70


Men's Reg Flight

1st Patrick Conway 69

2nd Todd Greenwell 70

3rd Chuck Filiatreau 72

4th Terry Ashbaugh 74


Men's' Sr. Flight

1st Bart Bartoszek 72

2nd Don Wood 73

3rd Erskine Keeling 75

4th Joe Clayton 75


Women's Flight

1st Gayle Crawford 76

2nd Becky Hall 87

3rd Judy Miles 88

4th Mary Royalty 88