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TEE TIME: And now, on to Louisville and Valhalla

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Tee Time

By Dennis George

And now it’s our turn.

With the crowning of Rory McIlroy as the 2014 Champion Golfer of the Year after winning the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on Sunday, the eyes of the golf world will be turning to Kentucky.

Oh, sure, there is the RBC Canadian Open this week and the World Golf Championship event in Akron with the Bridgestone Invitational, but the next BIG tournament is in our own backyard.

In Louisville.

At Valhalla.

And you can bet that Glory’s Last Call will be more exciting than the three previous majors.

Bubba Watson had moved ahead of Jordan Speith and the field at Augusta National in time to quiet the echoes that resound through the pines during the back nine of the Masters.

Martin Kaymer’s nifty display at Pinehurst Number 2, opening with rounds of 65-65 and a cruise to his second major win.

And of course, McIlroy bolted to the lead after Rickie Fowler had pulled square with the Irishman after 12 holes of play on Saturday.

With a six-shot lead heading into the final round and non-Open Championship type of weather, the engraver had an early day on Sunday as McIlroy cruised to his third major title.

But runaway wins are far from the norm at Valhalla.

Go back to 1996 when Kentuckian Kenny Perry had a two-shot lead heading to the par-5 final hole when he made bogey. And in a move that had the experts shaking their heads, he spent 40 minutes in the television tower instead of preparing for a possible playoff. Mark Brooks made birdie on the penultimate hole and then went on to win the playoff against Perry.

And how about four years later when Tiger Woods needed a birdie at the final hole to force a playoff with unknown Bob May? The highlights continue to show Woods tracking a long birdie putt on the 16th hole, pointing at the ball as it neared the hole, as he won the three-hole playoff and kept his Tiger Slam alive.

Then there is the 2008 Ryder Cup, one of the few bright spots that the Americans have had in the competition.

Woods was not on the team, but Perry and Campbellsville’s J.B. Holmes made us all proud as they were key components of Paul Azinger’s 16 ½-11 ½ win.

Ground tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Valhalla are sold out. They remain available for the practice rounds and the first day of the tournament.

The PGA is offering golfers under the age of 17 free admission with a paid adult.

Go to 2014PGA.com for more ticket information.

I’ll try to have more tidbits of information for you leading up to the event.

 

Results

Maywood Member-Member

First place: Rob Farrell/Gary Boblitt (160.1)

Second: Ty Puyear/Garrett Antle (168)

Third: Chad Borders/David Sparks (168.4)

Fourth: Mick Spalding/Stephen Ewing (174.3)

Fifth: Terry Huff/Rich Mayberry and Chris Taylor/Robbie Hinkebein (tied at 174.5)

 

OKH Member-Member Stableford System

First place: Ken Rapier/Lincoln Buzick (88 points)

Second: C.P. Smith/Jason Strange (86, won in playoff)

Third: Chris Monin/Brent Monin (86)

 

OKH Shoot-Out

First place: Richie Berry/Denny Berry

Second: Bryan Mouser/Duke Fletcher

Third: Bill Osbourne/Johnny Chesser

Berry chipped in for birdie on the last hole to win the title.

 

Bud Light Women’s League

First place: Marie Barnes/Connie Edelen (20.5 points)

Second: A.J. Burba/Pattie Etheridge (20)

Low gross: Karen Gentry (41)

Low net: Weiland Shelburne (31)

 

Boone’s Butcher Shop (Morning League)

First place: Danny Hayden/Larry Ball (15.5 points)

Second: Doug/Freddy Lyvers and Wally Bowling/Bobby Lewis (tied with 12)

Low gross: Joe Judson (2-under par 33)

Low net: Larry Ball (32)

Closest to the hole: Mike Bartoszek (#2) and Joe Judson (#7)

 

Boone’s Butcher Shop (Evening League)

First place: Terry Shelburne/Gary Albertson (16 points)

Second: Mike Wheatley/Joe Clayton (13.5)

Third: Joe Judson/Chip Spalding (13)

Low gross: Joe Judson (1-under par 34)

Low net: Terry Shelburne (31)

Closest to the hole: Bill Hardin (#2) and Denny Adams (#7)

 

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