• 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?

  • TEE TIME: Links courses take players out of comfort zones

    As the U.S. Open enters into its final round today, what’s your opinion of the Chambers Bay venue and the course set-up by Mike Davis?

    Did you tune in and see the brown grass and wonder if it was a goat ranch instead of a locale suited for our national tournament? Or did you see the ball taking funny bounces along the fairway and think it was The Open Championship?

  • Alabama sets the standard for state golf trails

    As Kentucky struggles to shore up the pension plan for teachers and other state employees, Alabama is basking in the success of the Robert Trent Jones trail that solidified and diversified the assets of that state’s teacher’s retirement system.

    There are 468 holes at 11 sites that draw golfers from throughout the country. Designed by famed architect Robert Trent Jones, the courses are in various parts of the state but accessible by easy drives.

  • TEE TIME: Some public courses only a short drive from here offer great golf at a great price

    I often chuckle when Golf Digest releases its list of the Top 100 Golf Courses in America that you can play.

    The fine print should read, “If you want to deplete your life savings doing so.”

    Most of us cannot or will not fork over the hundreds of dollars to play those venues, especially when you tack on the cost of travel.

  • TEE TIME: Kentucky is home to some great golf courses

    Kentucky has some outstanding golf courses, and I’ve been fortunate over the years to have played some of the top courses in the Bluegrass State.

    Over the next few weeks, I’m going to give thoughts of some of the best ones.

  • TEE TIME: Golf is good for women; women are good for golf

    Our coverage of last week’s Bourbon Open featured several stories on the role of women in forging the success of the tournament, as well as their participation in the past two decades.

    From the fashion shows to making sandwiches for the golfers to posting scores, women of Old Kentucky Home Country Club have paid their dues.