• Do I play a lot of golf? Yes, yes I do

    Do you play a lot of golf?

    I get asked that question quite frequently, and I am never sure how to answer it.

    It depends, of course, on what you’re point of reference is.

    If you play in the obligatory charity scramble a few times a year or perhaps play a round or two during the season with your friends, then, yes, I play a lot of golf.

    And if you play a couple of times a week, well, my friends, you would think I play a lot of golf.

  • Golf News and Results

    Golf news and notes

    How about playing 100 holes of golf in one day?

    That’s what Maywood assistant professional Zach Graves will be doing Oct. 2.

    He’s not lost his mind.

    Instead, he will be joining other PGA pros who will be doing the same thing across the country as they raise money for their favorite charities.

    Graves’ charity is Special Olympics.

  • TEE TIME: Tools of the golf trade have changed dramatically

    Perhaps the most famous shot in Arnold Palmer’s illustrious career was his opening tee shot in the final round of the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver.

    Starting the day seven shots off the lead, he drove that first hole, hitting his drive onto the green 346 yards away.

    With a persimmon driver.

    And a balata ball.

    Palmer went on to win that tournament, and his legacy was born.

  • Golf News and Results

    Golf notes

    He did it again.

    Joe Judson shot a 63 on Monday in the Boone’s Butcher Shop League.

    He shot a 31 with the morning league and 32 in the afternoon, playing the same nine both times instead of playing the 18-hole course.

    Go ahead and count it as shooting your age, Joe. A 63 is a 63.


    Most golfers would love to have a hole-in-one during their lifetime.

    John Peterson of Bardstown recently had his third. It came Aug. 9 on the second hole at OKH.

  • TEE TIME: Think positive thoughts

    “What a stupid I am!”

    — Roberto DeVincenzo, after signing for an incorrect scorecard and missing out on a playoff in the 1968 Masters.

    “I am such an idiot!”

    — Phil Mickelson after hitting an errant tee shot and making a double bogey on the final hole of the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot and losing the tournament by one stroke. It’s the only major he hasn’t won.

    “You dumb@$$!”

    — Your humble columnist after thousands of shots over the past 50 years.

  • TEE TIME: OKH one of Ky’s top performers

    It will never be mistaken for the Robert Trent Jones Trail.

    I don’t know if that’s what state officials envisioned when they built several new golf courses in the past couple of decades, or if they were rewarding legislators in some of the remote parts of the state whose constituents wanted courses closer to home.

    The Robert Trent Jones Trail was developed in the 1980s and opened in 1992 under the guise of “build it and they will come.”

    And they have.

  • TEE TIME: Knowing golf’s many rules can help your score

    The rules of golf can oftentimes work in a players’ favor.

    Just think back a couple of weeks when Jordan Spieth inquired about all of his options after that horrific tee shot on the 13th hole at Royal Birkdale.

    He was criticized for taking so long to play his second shot, but despite all that had gone wrong for him during the round, he kept his composure and made sure he surveyed the situation properly.

    Knowing the rules enabled him to raise the Claret Jug.

  • TEE TIME: Best to keep your emotions in check on the course

    For some reason, as I move through the twilight years of my life, many of those nuances that used to “get my panties in a wad” seem to roll off my back and are now considered inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.

    For the most part.

    However, there are some things that seem to bother me as much, if not more, now than they ever do.

    And as you might imagine, they often occur on the golf course.

    It really hit me a few weeks ago when I was playing a round of golf at Nevel Meade in Louisville.

  • GOLF: News, notes and results

    It was a tough week for the three professionals from Maywood at The Kentucky Open at Hurstbourne.

    Russ Johnson and Zach Graves missed the cut after two days of play. Chris Osborne, who won the tournament when it was at Hurstbourne in 1995, withdrew because of an injury.


    Rob Farrell aced the 125-yard fifth hole at Maywood last week.

    He used a pitching wedge.


    Local League Results

    Joe Benny Dickerson League at Cedar-Fil

  • TEE TIME: Difficult conditions test golfers’ ability to improvise

    I was like a kid in a candy store.

    It was Christmas in July last weekend as I spent countless hours watching The Open Championship, listening to the announcers from the United Kingdom describe the action on Sirius XM (and realizing how we Americans butcher the English language), and staying up to watch Golf Channel’s “Live from the Open” to get the insight into my favorite major.

    My favorite day?

    Not Saturday when Branden Grace posted the lowest score ever shot in a major (62) or watching player after player post under-par rounds.