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Golf

  • 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.

  • TEE TIME: Rules are rules

    I understand that last week’s story about Chad Riggs winning the 2014 Bourbon Open caused some discussion about Rule 8.1 (b) and whether the encouragement given to Riggs by his playing companions violated the rule.

    It was suggested — perhaps in jest, perhaps not — to Riggs that he would be assessed a two-stroke penalty and have his title taken away after some people read the story and thought he broke a rule.

    In the story, I wrote: “With a pitch over a bunker facing him, Riggs received more advice from Conway.”

  • TEE TIME: Discovering the game

    I’ll never forget the first time.

    And the feeling that went through me as I realized that I had accomplished it.

    It was the summer of 1966 and it happened in the field behind Dr. Eli George’s house in Lebanon.

    My cousins had been playing golf in that field for a long time and they always talked about how much fun they had.

  • THE 69TH BOURBON OPEN: Riggs takes down former champs to win

    Maybe there is still hope for Phil Mickelson.

    The popular left-handed golfer and winner of five major championships has played in the U.S. Open 23 times and finished second six times. But he has never won the tournament.

    Going to his round on Sunday, Chad Riggs of Bardstown had competed in the Bourbon Open 26 times.

    He had finished second five times, but had never been as fortunate as his friends who have won the tournament.

  • 69TH ANNUAL BOURBON OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT

    Lonnie Hibbs of Bardstown chipped onto the 9th green during Friday’s play at the 69th Bourbon Open Golf Tournament at Old Kentucky Home. More than 400 golfers from across the country are participating in the tournament, which wraps up today.

  • TEE TIME: The other rulebook

    Every sport has its unwritten rules.

    In baseball, if a batter hits a home run and calls attention to himself while making his way around the bases, he’ll probably have a ball thrown at his head on his next trip to the plate.

    In basketball, if a player begins to showboat too much, chances are that if he goes in for an open layup, he could end up in the third row of the stands when an opposing player takes him out.

    Golf, too, has unwritten rules, but none that are so violent.