• TEE TIME: Long putters prompt rule changes

    There’s something about the majors that can bring out the best in the older golfers.

    Jack Nicklaus winning The Masters in 1986.

    Greg Norman held a two-shot lead entering the final round of the 2008 Open Championship at the age of 53.

    And 59-year old Tom Watson was a 12-foot par putt away from winning the 2009 Open Championship.

    That’s why a lot of us were enamored when Bernard Langer, a two-time winner at Augusta and 58 years old, started the final day only two shots behind Jordan Speith.

  • GOLF: Speith’s collapse on 12 one for the ages

    What a week it has been!!

    Just days after Kris Jenkins’ shot to win the NCAA championship game for Villanova and erase the heartbreak of Christian Laettner’s dagger into the hearts of Kentucky fans as one of the great shots of all-time, Jordan Speith’s collapse on the back nine of The Masters may top Greg Norman’s meltdown in the 1996 tournament.

    And never has it been so true that “The Masters doesn’t really begin until the back nine on Sunday.”

  • COLUMN: Tee Time makes its return, just in time for The Masters

    Who would have thunk it?

    I sure as heck didn’t, and I’m quite positive that you hadn’t either.

    I’m not talking about this column entering its fourth year, although I’m surprised the editors would have come to their senses and realized (a) no one reads it and (b) my writing skills lack the skills that should be seen in this award-winning newspaper.

    But, alas, I am straying from my point.

  • Local news and notes from the links

    Joan Rizer finished third in the 2015 Kentucky Women’s Senior State Amateur golf tournament. Her two-day score of 153 (78-75) was five shots off of the pace of winner Joyce Abbott. The tournament was held at the Cherry Blossom Golf Club in Georgetown.
    Among others from Bardstown who competed in the tournament were Connie Edelen, Karen Gentry, Jane Roby, Sue Hayden, Jo Matthews, Jenny Hamilton and Mary Royalty.
    The 2016 event will be hosted by Bardstown Country Club at Maywood Golf Course.

  • GOLF: Local news and notes from the links

    Free chicken!!!!!!

    That’s what B.J. Newton should have been giving away last Wednesday after he aced the par three 12th hole at Maywood.

    He used a 9 iron.

    But he didn’t outdo Randall Burba.

    In a match in the Jack and Jill League, Burba knocked his tee shot into the hole on the 165-yard 7th hole at OKH. Randall and wife A.J. lost to Ron and Colette Shagool on the final hole.

    Congratulations to both.


  • Local youths produce

    She didn’t make it to the finals of the Drive Pitch and Putt tournament, but local golfer Maryssa Phillips put on an impressive performance last week in state competition.

    She finished fourth in the 10-11 girls division and is the second alternate. She had the second best score in the driving portion of the event held at Oxmoor Country Club.

    Haydon Osborne finished in third place in driving and ninth overall in the boys 10-11 flight.

    Madison Borders also participated.

  • TEE TIME: End of the line, for now

    Athletes are always talking about how hard they work and how great the season is going to be.

    But it was refreshing this past week to see one local golfer see the fruits of his labor. Bethlehem senior Daniel Steele captured first place in the All A Classic regional tournament held in Campbellsville, firing a 2-over par 74.

  • Keeping kids’ skills sharp

    With school back in session and summer winding down, many parents are looking for ways for their children to sharpen their skills before next year.

    It means that there will be many trips to E’town or Louisville for indoor baseball and instructions in addition to swim practices.

    And while the high school and youth soccer season is cranking up, there will be indoor soccer for those wanting their youngsters to hone their skills.

    What about golfers, young and old?

  • 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.