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Golf

  • 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.

    Right.

    Left.

    Right.

    Left.

    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.

  • GOLF: Local updates and league results

    Eric Duncanson captured his 11th consecutive Special Olympics regional golf title last week. He will advance to the state event to be held at Fort Knox in August.

    Bart Bartoszek and Jon Chesser teamed up to capture the Member-Member Tournament held last week at OKH. Tony Graham/Alex Carey finished second while Charles Smith/Chuck Smith took third place.

  • Aim over what? The hotel?

    If I had ever been set down in any one place and told I was to play there, and nowhere else, for the rest of my life, I should have chosen the Old Course at St. Andrews.

    — Bobby Jones

    Think back to a time that you played a golf hole that had a goofy green.

    You walked off and said, “They should have had a windmill or a clown’s mouth there like a putt-putt course.”

    Now think about one of the most famous holes in golf and where you’re supposed to hit your tee shot.

    Over a hotel.

  • TEE TIME: Never forget where you got your start

    How many times have we seen a person climb the ladder to success and then hear the comment, “He sure has forgotten where he came from.”

    Or perhaps, “She doesn’t remember the people who got her started on the road to the top.”

    Those words can’t be used to describe Jordan Spieth, who will be gunning for his third consecutive major this week when The Open Championship tees off at St. Andrews.

  • TEE TIME: Red White and Blue, Scrambles and more

    Ride by any of the four golf courses in Nelson County on a given weekend and you’re apt to see a charity scramble being contested.

    For many people, that one scramble — or perhaps another later in the season — is the only time of the year they will pick up a club.

    That format is an ideal one for those whose who play rarely. It takes the pressure off of having to play your own ball and spend several frustrating hours on the course, sometimes missing the ball completely on a swing and then perhaps hitting it a few feet on another.

  • TEE TIME: Do you trust your swing on any course?

    “Papa, trust your swing.”

    That’s the note that 10-year old Qass Singh attached to his dad’s golf bag during the 2000 Masters. Of course, papa Vijay heeded his son’s advice and put on a green jacket that week.

    Do you trust your swing?

    Can you take it with you to a new venue and strike the ball as accurately as you do at home?

    How often do you step onto the first tee of a new course and the club feels like an anchor in your hand?