• Local news and notes from the links

    Joan Rizer finished third in the 2015 Kentucky Women’s Senior State Amateur golf tournament. Her two-day score of 153 (78-75) was five shots off of the pace of winner Joyce Abbott. The tournament was held at the Cherry Blossom Golf Club in Georgetown.
    Among others from Bardstown who competed in the tournament were Connie Edelen, Karen Gentry, Jane Roby, Sue Hayden, Jo Matthews, Jenny Hamilton and Mary Royalty.
    The 2016 event will be hosted by Bardstown Country Club at Maywood Golf Course.

  • GOLF: Local news and notes from the links

    Free chicken!!!!!!

    That’s what B.J. Newton should have been giving away last Wednesday after he aced the par three 12th hole at Maywood.

    He used a 9 iron.

    But he didn’t outdo Randall Burba.

    In a match in the Jack and Jill League, Burba knocked his tee shot into the hole on the 165-yard 7th hole at OKH. Randall and wife A.J. lost to Ron and Colette Shagool on the final hole.

    Congratulations to both.


  • Local youths produce

    She didn’t make it to the finals of the Drive Pitch and Putt tournament, but local golfer Maryssa Phillips put on an impressive performance last week in state competition.

    She finished fourth in the 10-11 girls division and is the second alternate. She had the second best score in the driving portion of the event held at Oxmoor Country Club.

    Haydon Osborne finished in third place in driving and ninth overall in the boys 10-11 flight.

    Madison Borders also participated.

  • TEE TIME: End of the line, for now

    Athletes are always talking about how hard they work and how great the season is going to be.

    But it was refreshing this past week to see one local golfer see the fruits of his labor. Bethlehem senior Daniel Steele captured first place in the All A Classic regional tournament held in Campbellsville, firing a 2-over par 74.

  • Keeping kids’ skills sharp

    With school back in session and summer winding down, many parents are looking for ways for their children to sharpen their skills before next year.

    It means that there will be many trips to E’town or Louisville for indoor baseball and instructions in addition to swim practices.

    And while the high school and youth soccer season is cranking up, there will be indoor soccer for those wanting their youngsters to hone their skills.

    What about golfers, young and old?

  • TEE TIME: New amateur series available for weekend competitors

    There is the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour and the Musselman-Dunne tour available for junior golfers to play.

    Then there is the state amateur and the Kentucky Open for those select few golfers who can compete at a high level.

    And the Kentucky Golf Association schedules tournaments during the week for the old geezers, many of whom are retired.

    But what about the hard working amateurs who work during the week and still want to play some competitive golf on some of the best courses in the state?

    Until now, they have been shut out.

  • BRIEF: Golf roundup

    Bardstown’s boys picked up a 188-196 win over Nelson County on Monday. The Cardinals’ Daylan Howard produced the low round of 40, but the Tigers had three golfers shoot a 46 or below, led by Cole Bradley’s 43.

    At last week’s Charger Open at Heritage Hills, Thomas Nelson’s Cody French fired a 75 to tie for 10th in a tournament featuring many of the top teams in the state. Bethlehem’s Daniel Steele (78) and Thomas Nelson’s Justin Culver (77) and Kyle Burton (79) also posted strong rounds.

  • TEE TIME: Pet peeves and other potpourri

    Random thoughts as I sit outside on a warm summer night with a cold beer and a smooth cigar.

    What bothers you on the golf course?

    Is there something about your playing partners that drives you crazy?

  • TEE TIME: Four golf courses in area, but something’s missing

    There aren’t many communities the size of Bardstown that can boast of having four golf courses.

    And while they all compete for the same golfing dollar, each of the courses here has something different to offer local golfers.

  • TEE TIME: Is too much knowledge a bad thing?

    I was chatting with a golf professional a few weeks ago and bemoaning the state of my golf game.

    I was playing military golf off the tee.





    And occasionally, and very occasionally, one of my shots would find its way onto the fairway.

    “Do you get tips from golf magazines,” he asked?

    When I answered in the affirmative, he jokingly noted that it’s people like me who keep him in business.

    Let’s face it.