• THE 70th BOURBON OPEN: Growing up with golf

    The Bourbon Open is not just for adults to enjoy golf and the social activities. But like many tournaments of its type, it serves as entry point for youngsters learning the game.

    Youngsters grow up caddying or following it, and then become the generation that is winning the event or perhaps just being in charge.

    As Chad Riggs said last year after winning the tournament for the first time: “This is a big tournament for anyone in Bardstown.”

  • THE 70th BOURBON OPEN: Bourbon Open not like any other tourney

    The Bourbon Open has been a been one of the big social events in Bardstown for 70 years now, but it’s a little-known fact that the tournament was almost discontinued at one time.

    The stress and strain on the membership of My Old Kentucky Home Country Club to produce such a monumental event caused them to consider putting an end to the event in the early ’70s.

  • THE 70th BOURBON OPEN: Tourney’s humble roots spawned one of Bardstown’s biggest events

    Some 70 years ago, local businessmen Charlie DeSpain, Lee Grigsby and Ed Abell cooked up a plan to help the struggling Old Kentucky Home Golf Course get back on its feet after years of limited use because of the Great Depression and World War II.

  • THE 70th BOURBON OPEN: Historic golf tourney opens Thursday

    Not only is it one of the longest running golf tournaments in the state, it can also boast having one of the largest fields.

    As most area invitational tournaments struggle to attract a competitive field, the Bourbon Open celebrates its 70th anniversary with 450 golfers from all parts of Kentucky and several other states scheduled to take part in the tournament that begins Thursday at My Old Kentucky Home State Park golf course.

    Yes, it starts on Thursday.

  • TEE TIME: Even golfers can have a fantasy

    Like many of you, I keep an eye on the weekly golf tournaments and occasionally become glued to the television during the non-majors to watch a captivating finish.

    While many sports fans have strong loyalties to a particular team or live and die by the finish of their favorite NASCAR driver, golfers for the most part watch a tournament just to see who wins.

  • GOLF: League results

    League Results
    Boone’s Butcher Shop Morning League

    First place: Wally Bowling/Bobby Lewis (18.5 points)
    Second: Joe Judson/Byron Corbett (16.5)
    Third: John Peterson/Don Hardin (16)
    Low gross: Tommy Reddick (even-par 35)
    Low net: Joe Jones and Mike Wheatley (tied with 33)
    Closest to the hole: Alex Hey (#2) and Tommy Reddick (#7)
    Boone’s Butcher Shop Afternoon League
    First place: Alan Cecil/Wally Bowling (17.5 points)

  • TEE TIME: Leave it better than you found it

    I was playing golf at Maywood last week after the Mid-South Conference tournament.

    What did I see all over the greens?

    Ball marks.

    Unrepaired ball marks.

    I could only shake my head in disgust. These young kids might be great players, but it’s obvious that they didn’t know how to take care of a golf course or they know how to but they don’t care enough.

    And the disrespect and disregard of the conditions of the course isn’t just confined to young people.

  • TEE TIME: How well do you know your game?

    Figures lie.

    Liars figure.

    That’s an old saying that I’ve used many times when people have spouted out numbers that I wasn’t sure that I could agree with.

    And just as many professional and collegiate teams use statistics to plot which player to foul in certain situations or ask, is now the time for a hit and run, golfers too should be able check out their numbers.

    Most of us do not have any idea of our vitals.

    We should.

  • TEE TIME: Golfers aren’t always gentlemen

    Golf is described as a gentleman’s game, but, unfortunately, golfers don’t always fit that description.

    Surely most of you have played with that person who always cuts corners, if you will, so as to win those few extra bucks or to shave a couple of strokes off their score.

    They don’t bend the rules; they break them.

    And when you see it happen, you don’t know if you should laugh, get upset, or say something.

  • TEE TIME: Tiger's back, and so am I

    It’s finally back.

    He thinks he’s back.

    And, unfortunately for you, I’m back.

    The golf season is ready to get into full swing as the weather is FINALLY warming up and golfers are scratching their desire to hit the course for a new season of high expectations, with secret tips to improve their games and dreams of that round of a lifetime.

    Tiger Woods thinks his game has rebounded and can contend in The Masters. By the time many of you read this column, his first round will be in the books and his second might be as well.