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Golf

  • TEE TIME: Think positive thoughts

    “What a stupid I am!”

    — Roberto DeVincenzo, after signing for an incorrect scorecard and missing out on a playoff in the 1968 Masters.

    “I am such an idiot!”

    — Phil Mickelson after hitting an errant tee shot and making a double bogey on the final hole of the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot and losing the tournament by one stroke. It’s the only major he hasn’t won.

    “You dumb@$$!”

    — Your humble columnist after thousands of shots over the past 50 years.

  • TEE TIME: OKH one of Ky’s top performers

    It will never be mistaken for the Robert Trent Jones Trail.

    I don’t know if that’s what state officials envisioned when they built several new golf courses in the past couple of decades, or if they were rewarding legislators in some of the remote parts of the state whose constituents wanted courses closer to home.

    The Robert Trent Jones Trail was developed in the 1980s and opened in 1992 under the guise of “build it and they will come.”

    And they have.

  • TEE TIME: Knowing golf’s many rules can help your score

    The rules of golf can oftentimes work in a players’ favor.

    Just think back a couple of weeks when Jordan Spieth inquired about all of his options after that horrific tee shot on the 13th hole at Royal Birkdale.

    He was criticized for taking so long to play his second shot, but despite all that had gone wrong for him during the round, he kept his composure and made sure he surveyed the situation properly.

    Knowing the rules enabled him to raise the Claret Jug.

  • TEE TIME: Best to keep your emotions in check on the course

    For some reason, as I move through the twilight years of my life, many of those nuances that used to “get my panties in a wad” seem to roll off my back and are now considered inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.

    For the most part.

    However, there are some things that seem to bother me as much, if not more, now than they ever do.

    And as you might imagine, they often occur on the golf course.

    It really hit me a few weeks ago when I was playing a round of golf at Nevel Meade in Louisville.

  • GOLF: News, notes and results

    It was a tough week for the three professionals from Maywood at The Kentucky Open at Hurstbourne.

    Russ Johnson and Zach Graves missed the cut after two days of play. Chris Osborne, who won the tournament when it was at Hurstbourne in 1995, withdrew because of an injury.

     

    Rob Farrell aced the 125-yard fifth hole at Maywood last week.

    He used a pitching wedge.

     

    Local League Results

    Joe Benny Dickerson League at Cedar-Fil

  • TEE TIME: Difficult conditions test golfers’ ability to improvise

    I was like a kid in a candy store.

    It was Christmas in July last weekend as I spent countless hours watching The Open Championship, listening to the announcers from the United Kingdom describe the action on Sirius XM (and realizing how we Americans butcher the English language), and staying up to watch Golf Channel’s “Live from the Open” to get the insight into my favorite major.

    My favorite day?

    Not Saturday when Branden Grace posted the lowest score ever shot in a major (62) or watching player after player post under-par rounds.

  • GOLF: Local scene vibrant thanks to area women’s leagues

    Drive by My Old Kentucky Home Golf Course on a Tuesday night and you’re sure to see them.

    Or there is another group at Cedar-Fil on Wednesday evening.

    If those times don’t fit into your schedule, several more can be found at Maywood on Thursday just past 9 a.m.

    Another large contingent shows up every other Saturday at either OKH or Lincoln Homestead.

    The women golfers of Nelson County.

  • GOLF: Local League Results

    Jack and Jill Couples League
    Scratch Flight:
    First place: Mouse Culver/Sue Rogers and Richie Parkerson/Jenny Parkerson (tied with 16.5 points)
    Hook Flight:  
    First place: Joe B. Yates/Susie Yates and Ron Shagool/Colette Shagool (tied with 20 points)
    Slice Flight
    First place: Jamie Dugan/Cheryl Hutchins (22 points)
    Bogey
    First place: Andy Royalty/Mary Royalty (21 points)
    Low gross: Derek Simpson (sub)/Mary Royalty (3-under par 68)

  • TEE TIME: Tournament could determine the top golfer in Nelson County

    The Champion Golfer of the Year.

    That’s what you’ll hear on Sunday when they introduce the winner of The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

    And it’s what you may hear next year if there is enough interest from local golfers to have a tournament to determine the top golfer in Nelson County.

    You might remember, and it hurts my feelings if you don’t, a few years back in one of my columns I broached the idea of such an event.

  • Golf News and Results

    Golf News

    A pair of local youngsters captured the top spots in their respective divisions to advance to the next round of the DriveChip&Putt contest.

    Madison Borders easily won the girls 12-13 age group with 136 points. Her closest competition managed only 108.

    Nicholas Osborne was the best in the boys 10-11 category with his 142 points. The next best in his group had 116.