• 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.

  • THE 70th BOURBON OPEN: Faulkner claims third title

    It was like a stroll in the park with your best friends.

    That pretty much sums up Brad Faulkner’s round on Saturday when he shot a 5-under par 66 to claim his third Bourbon Open title.

    Playing in the first group of the day with long-time friends Richie Berry, Tee Hayden and Doug Story, Faulkner hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation but three-putted three times.

    As was the case with most of the field that competed on Saturday, Faulkner not only had to battle the course but the elements as well.

  • THE 70th BOURBON OPEN: Social events show off Southern hospitality



    Special To The Standard

    The 70th annual Bourbon Open tournament began this week, and after a full day of golf, Friday night was packed with social events.

    From bourbon tasting to karaoke and dancing to daily prizes for the golfers, there was a wide array of activities to be enjoyed. Many participants were highly enthusiastic concerning the festivities provided throughout the evening. Despite the high temperatures and humidity, there was a sizeable crowd in attendance.

  • THE 70th BOURBON OPEN: Ladies make their mark at Bourbon Open

    For nearly the first 50 years of the Bourbon Open, it was a man’s world.

    With a full field on a yearly basis and the number of spots available restricted by the nine-hole golf course at My Old Kentucky Home, the female golfers were relegated to being behind the scenes, providing assistance with the scoring, helping with the social activities, and taking a lead role in the production of the Bourbon Open program.

  • THE 70th BOURBON OPEN: Reunion time at the Bourbon Open

    With so many players returning to compete in the Bourbon Open year after year, and with so little turnover in the field, mid-May in Bardstown is a time of renewal.

    Friends catch up with one another, telling stories and recapping the previous year.

    And for a St. Louis attorney, the Bourbon Open brings together members of his family from several different states.

    Richard Shinner is competing in 34th tournament this weekend, and he says that there are Shinners coming from everywhere.

  • THE 70th BOURBON OPEN: Past Champions


    1993: Kim Hartlage 78

    1994: Bonita McMillen 83

    1995: Kim Hartlage 78

    1996: Lynn Wilkerson 99

    1997: A.J. Burba 86

    1998: Jenny Hamilton 84

    1999: Jenny Hamilton 85

    2000: Julie Wilson 85

    2001: Carol Daniels 84

    2002: Carol Daniels 82

    2003: Shannon Jackson 78

    2004: Shannon Jackson 77

    2005: Doris Shackleford 87

    2006: Maggie Sagabaen 79

    2007: Gayle Crawford 74

    2008: Susan Loyd 84

  • 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.