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Golf

  • GOLF: Valhalla trip gets Burkhead to reminiscing

    After taking a trip to Valhalla Golf Club on Aug. 4 for a practice round at the PGA Championship, Kevin Burkhead had a chance to reminisce about three of his former players who turned into professional athletes and a streak unmatched at Campbellsville University.

    John “J.B.” Holmes and Zack Cox played on Burkhead’s Babe Ruth League Braves’ baseball team.

  • GOLF: Eagles top Green

    Bethlehem took to the road Thursday and grabbed a 174-185 win over the Dragons.

    The Eagles won it with consistency, with their foursome each scoring 45 or below, helping them overcome a strong individual low round by the Dragons’ Elijah Rattliff, who checked in with a 36.

    J.T. Smith’s 41 led Bethlehem, followed by Will Schlosser’s 43. Daniel Steele and Corey Robinson each shot a 45.

  • TEE TIME: PGA lookback

    Wow.

    That’s just one of the many superlatives that describes last week’s PGA at Valhalla. Pick any one that you’d use and it’s still not enough.

    The crowds.

    The drama.

    The weather.

    The Tiger watch. Will he or won’t he show up?

    Rory and Phil. Rory and Rickie.

    The rush against time to finish.

  • GOLF: Local league results

    Results

    Maywood Junior Series Winners

    Girls 13U

    First place: Kylie Guerrein

    Second: Kaci Guerrein

    Girls 14-18

    First place: Caroline Osborne

    Second: Shelby Lynn Clark

    Boys 9U

    First place: Nick Osborne

    Second: Wesley Hughes

    Boys 10-13

    First place: Haydon Osborne (play-off) over Phillip Smith

    Boys 14-15

    First place: Justin Culver

    Second: Kyle Burton

    Boys 16-18

  • TEE TIME: Locals work and enjoy the PGA

    The playing conditions at Valhalla Golf Course have received rave reviews from the players and media since they stepped onto the grounds last Monday.

    Those of you who have been fortunate to play the course in the past will recall the neatly manicured bent grass fairways, the firm and fast greens, and the beautiful white sand.

    The club employs 40 people on its ground crew, with an additional 60 volunteers coming in for PGA week to insure that there is no stone left unturned in making sure everything is perfect.

  • TEE TIME: Notes from PGA Valhalla

    Paying to volunteer not that bad a deal

    It takes a lot of volunteers to stage such a massive event as the PGA. People to work in the gift shops to take care of the customers wanting souvenirs. Marshals on every hole to keep patrons away from the players and manning the crosswalks. Scorekeepers to keep everyone up to date on the leaderboards.

    And when you tell someone that you must pay to be a volunteer, they’ll look at you like you’re crazy.

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

    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.

  • TEE TIME: The PGA is here … Savor the moment

    At last.

    The countdown to the 2014 PGA is ticking down quickly, with less than a week before the best golfers in the world descend upon Louisville and Valhalla.

    And I mean the world’s best golfers.

    The PGA consistently boasts the best field of the four majors. I recall a few years ago that 99 of the top 100 players competed for the Wannamaker trophy.

    And unlike the other majors, the PGA sets up the course so that is it very playable and the winner will finish double digits under par.

  • TEE TIME: And now, on to Louisville and Valhalla

    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.

  • TEE TIME: Golf’s majors provide different tests

    Golf’s four majors may be joined together with the same moniker, but they each provide a different test for golfers, similar to the three races that make up the Triple Crown in horse racing.

    The Masters is the only one of the four played at the same venue each year. Veteran visitors to Augusta National know how to play the course. When the course plays as Bobby Jones wanted it, birdies galore on the back nine make for great television.