• 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.

  • TEE TIME: Don't let gamesmanship get into your head


    It happens in every sport.

    It’s when a competitor does something minor to try to get into an opponent’s head.

    The late Seve Ballesteros was a master at it, most notably in the Ryder Cup when the head-to-head competition against the Americans was like a one-on-one basketball game.

    In two of the most famous incidents — and in both instances he was correct — he called out his American foes for what might seem to be a minor rules violation.

  • TEE TIME: Beware of sandbaggers ahead

    For about a six-year stretch in the early 2000s, my neighbor Rob Spragens and I would sign up to play in a four-ball tournament at Persimmon Ridge Golf Course.

    And, for about a six-year stretch, I would get a phone call from the tournament director asking me if we were competing in the scratch division or the handicap division. (I could never remember to mark it on the entry form.)

    We always played in the scratch division because we did not have to give or receive strokes. It was pure golf.

  • TEE TIME: Handicaps level playing field

    The Farmers National Bank in Lebanon has hosted a golf outing over the past decade at Champions Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville for residents of Lebanon and/or friends of the late Gene Spragens.

    I received a call from a bank employee a few years ago asking for my handicap as they wanted to balance the teams.

    “My putting, “ I said.

    The line went quiet.

    I smiled as I could tell that she was unsure of what to make of my comment.

    “I am supposed to write down your handicap,” she answered.

  • GOLF: Duncanson wins silver medal in nationals

    It wasn’t the big prize that he wanted, but a Bardstown golfer received a nice gift on his birthday.

    Eric Duncanson was awarded a silver medal on his birthday Wednesday for his play in the National Special Olympics golf tournament that was played this week in New Jersey.

    A final round of 96 was not quite good enough for the Bardstown golfer as he finished second in his flight in the national tournament.

  • TEE TIME: Improve your game with some side betting

    I’ve never been a big gambler when it comes to my golf game, and I’m not sure if it’s because (a) I’m a tightwad, (b) I can’t handle the pressure, (c) I don’t like to cheer against my opponents, or (d) all of the above.

    But a friendly wager with your friends during a round can keep you focused while playing. It doesn’t have to be for so much money that it breaks the bank, but even winning a soft drink or a hot dog will give you bragging rights.

  • TEE TIME: Going back in time to first clubs and where it all began

    A trip down memory lane.

    It was Christmas of 1966 when I looked under the tree and saw my first set of golf clubs.

    Back in those days, a child’s first set included a driver, 3 wood, 3-5-7 and 9 irons and a putter. Down the road, if you were lucky, you got to fill in the 4-6 and 8 irons. The lucky guys had a wedge in their bag. We didn’t know what a sand wedge was.

  • GOLF: Duncanson headed to National Golf Tournament

    It’s the moment that Eric Duncanson has longed for since he began playing golf.

    He’s heading to Princeton, N.J., to compete in the Special Olympics National Golf Tournament. And it’s his opportunity to become the nation’s top golfer.

    After a decade of finishing second in the state tournament, Duncanson finally won the elusive Kentucky title in an event at Lindsey Golf Course at Fort Knox.

    Duncanson will join 38 other Kentucky athletes will who leave from Louisville on Friday for the games. 

  • TEE TIME: A good fit works wonders

    Count me in as a true believer.

    I have advocated to readers of this column the advantage of being fitted for clubs instead of just buying them off the rack.

    And when I was in the market for irons last year, I went to Golf Headquarters in Louisville to find my swing speed and launch angle to determine the specs for my new clubs.

    It helped.

    But now I have been to the Kingdom.

    And, brothers and sisters, I have seen the light.

  • GOLF: Pro-Lady Tournament

    Jane Roby of Bardstown watches her chip shot head towards the ninth green during the Greg Norman Pro-Lady Tournament played last week at Maywood. Roby, Jo Matthews, Jeanine Ewing and Maywood pro Matt Kirchgessner competed on one local team while Maywood’s Chris Osborne, Joan Rizer, Bonita McMillen, and Carolyn Haydon filled out a second team.