GOLF NOTES: Fans get a vote in PGA hole layout at Valhalla

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By Dennis George

For the second consecutive year, golf fans worldwide will have a direct impact on a hole location for the final round of a major championship through the “PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge” hosted by Jack Nicklaus and presented by Samsung.

After a popular debut in 2013, Nicklaus collaborated again with PGA Chief Championships Officer Kerry Haigh to select the 508-yard, par-4 16th hole at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Valhalla Golf Club, based on the unique challenge it will present to the strongest field in golf. No. 16, a slight dogleg right, has proven to be one of the most difficult holes at Valhalla. It’s also where Tiger Woods made a dramatic birdie putt during a three-hole playoff victory over Bob May in the 2000 PGA Championship.

Fans are encouraged to visit PGA.com/Vote now through Aug. 9, at 7 p.m., in order to vote for one of four final-round hole locations. The hole location with the most fan votes will be used during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship on Aug. 10.


It’s official.

The top 100 golfers in the world will be at Valhalla for the PGA.

As usual, the PGA has the strongest field of the four majors. The Masters is by invitation with some strict entry guidelines. The U.S. Open is a little freer with its field than the green jackets folks at Augusta. And several U.S. golfers will skip the Open Championship because of travel, weather, and the type of golf played across the pond.


The 2014 Reverend Ken Blanton golf scramble for Bethany Haven, Nelson County’s Transitional Homeless Shelter, is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Cedar-Fil.

The cost is $30 per person and that includes greens fee and cart fee. It doesn’t get more reasonable than that, so put a team together and help this wonderful cause.

Email your team members to bethanyhaven@att.net

If you can’t participate, but would like to contribute, you can send a contribution to Bethany Haven, PO Box 601, Bardstown 40004.


Eric Duncanson of Bardstown won his 10th consecutive Louisville area Special Olympics golf tournament. He will compete in the state competition Aug. 17 at Lindsey Golf Course at Fort Knox.


Haydon Osborne finished fifth in a Kentucky Junior PGA event at Oldham County Country Club. He played in the 10U division. Nick Osborne finished fifth in the 8U in the same event. Justin Culver finished third in a Kentucky Junior PGA event at Long Run. He competed in the 15-16 division. Cody French finished sixth in the year-end points race in the 15-16 age group on the Mussellman-Dunne tour.


Randy Pinkston and Cole Ballard teamed up to win first place in the Bluegrass State Games. In Saturday’s best ball competition, Pinkston shot 70 and Ballard a 73 as they finished 5-under par. The final 18 holes were rained out.



Maywood Men’s League

First place: Jay Allen/Kelvin Haynes and Pat Disponett/Chris Ison (tied with 11 points)

Third: Chad Riggs/Tommie Hurst (10.5)

Low gross: Tommie Hurst (2-under par 34)

Low net: Tommie Hurst and Adam Thompson (tied with 29)

Closest to the hole: Rob Farrell (#12)


Jack and Jill Couples League

(played at Lincoln Homestead)

Scratch: Tony Edelen/Connie Edelen (42 points)

Hook: Tim Gilpin/Charlotte Gilpin (43 points)

Slice: Mike Collins/Cindy Collins (37 points)

Bogey: Tony Shelburne/Shanon Shelburne (40.5 points)

Low gross: Tim Gilpin/Marie Barnes (71)

Low net: Tim Gilpin/Marie Barnes (68)

Closest to the hole: Ron Hayden/Sue Hayden (#5) and Jerry Taylor (#8)


Boone’s Butcher Shop Morning League

First place: Wally Bowling/Bobby Lewis (18 points)

Second: Danny Hayden & Larry Ball (17.5)

Third: Mike Bartoszek/Bill Osbourne (17)

Low gross: Doug Lyvers (3-under par 33)

Low net: Bill Osbourne (31)

Closest to the hole: Mike Bartoszek (#14) and Alex Hey (#16)


Boone’s Butcher Shop Afternoon League

First place: Terry Shelburne & Gary Albertson (21.5 points)

Second: Mike Wheatley/Joe Clayton (18.5)

Third: Wally Bowling/Alan Cecil (16.5)

Low gross: Joe Judson and Jack Kelley (2-under par 34)

Closest to the hole: Mouse Culver (#14) and Ed Ditto (#16)


Old Kentucky Home League

First place: Kenny/Byron Hayden, Patrick Conway/Bill Conway, Sam Hazard/Raffo Wimsett, Jason Strange/Troy Jennings, Ken Rapier/Denny Adams, Richie Berry/Denny Berry, Lincoln Buzick/Brent Monin, Jim Roby/Tom Hamilton and Chuck Smith/Guthrie McKay

Low gross: Bart Bartoszek (36)

Low net: Troy Jennings (29)

Closest to the hole: Jim Roby (#2) and Bryan Mouser (#7)


Dennis George is a contributing writer for The Kentucky Standard and can be reached at dmg11854@gmail.com.