• TEE TIME: Same-length shafts could benefit some golfers

    Bryson DeChambeau made a big splash when he arrived on the professional golf scene in 2016.

    It wasn’t just because he is only one of five golfers to win an NCAA title and the U.S. Amateur crown in the same year. (Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Ryan Moore are the others.)

    Instead, DeChambeau, who finished 21st in the 2016 Masters as an amateur, has garnered a lot of attention for something else.

    DeChambeau, who majored in physics at Southern Methodist University, plays with irons that are built with the same-length shafts.

  • GOLF: News and notes

    Cole Ballard of Bardstown performed well for two and a half rounds in the Kentucky State Amateur held Tuesday-Thursday at Keene Run in Lexington.
    Ballard shot 76-78 in the first two days and followed with a 39 on his opening nine on the final round.
    However, fatigue set in on the last nine holes, and he triple-bogeyed the first two holes en route to a 47.
    Ballard had played 45 holes in two days in a tournament just before heading to the State Am.
    Willie Edelen and Cody French did not make the cut for the final day of play.

  • TEE TIME: Honesty a noble policy on the course

    Golf is often described as a gentleman’s game.

    Most golfers carry themselves well on the course, usually on their best behavior. Professional golfers are impeccably dressed and for the most part the spectators are courteous and respectful to every player.

    It’s the one game that players will penalize themselves, oftentimes for an infraction that their fellow competitors were not aware of.

    Take Ernie Els as one example.

  • GOLF NOTES: June 16, 2017

    Local League Results

    Joe Benny Dickerson League at Cedar-Fil

    First place: N.A Filiatreau/Carl Beeler (7.5 points)

    Second: Rick Meyer/Mary Jo Meyer (6.5)

    Third: Dee Haste/Aileen Stevens and Brian Johnson/Jane Thomas (tied with 5)

    Low gross: N.A. Filiatreau (even-par 34)

    Low net: Harry Dickerson (28)

    Closest to the hole: Jane Thomas

    Randall Burba Men’s League at OKH

    First place: Dennis Carey/Billy Gentry (11.5 points)

  • There are things you can do to speed up play on the course

    Slow play.

    Nothing is worse than hitting a shot, getting to your ball, and having to wait again to hit the next one.

    The experts, and I’m not including myself in that group, say a reason for the decline in the number of rounds played per year is that our society doesn’t want to slow down; they want fast action.

    People want instant satisfaction, and they want it now.

  • TEE TIME: Summer is scramble season

    My wife, with whom I celebrated 39 years of marriage on Sunday (by shooting an even-par 71 at Lincoln Homestead), has often told me that I do not pay enough attention to details.

    I would like to think I do so but more selectively than she would like.

    You know, guys, it’s the selective hearing thing.

    I have kept an eye on the golfing scene in Nelson County for many years, and I have noticed there are probably more scrambles per capita here than most places.

    One can find a scramble to play most any weekend you’d like.

  • TEE TIME: How well do you know the rulebook?

    A golf rulebook is 231 pages of what I would describe as something you’d read if you were having trouble sleeping.

    It’s not very interesting and it’s difficult to understand.

    It reminds me of a comment from the late Judge Bob Heaton after I had given him a copy of the Koran.

    When he returned it to me, he said, “I feel like I am a pretty smart guy, but that is the most difficult thing I’ve ever read.”

  • TEE TIME: The Bourbon Open changes minds

    We were like touring pros.

    For a 15-20 year stretch in the 1970s through the 1990s, Skeeter Leake and I travelled the area playing in golf tournaments.

    It was to Columbia on Memorial Day weekend. Then it was Campbellsville for their July 4 tournament, followed in successive weeks by trips to Greensburg and Liberty.

    Of course, we played (or ran) the Lebanon Invitational Tournament on Labor Day weekend and finished the year a week or two later by going to play at the old L&N course.

  • THE 72nd BOURBON OPEN: Business community embraces The Open

    The Bourbon Open was established 72 years ago to highlight the distilling industry in Nelson County.

    Through the years, it’s also been an opportunity for vendors and suppliers and manufacturers to get away from the stressful work environment and establish relationships in the relaxed atmosphere of My Old Kentucky Home Golf Course.

    Of course, when bottles of some of Nelson County’s finest bourbons are included in the gift bag that a golfer receives before hitting the first shot of the day, things could become very relaxing.

  • TEE TIME: Controlling the slice

    The dreaded slice.

    A caddy slice.

    It’s the ball that starts off flying towards the left rough and curves all the way to the far right rough.

    Most beginning golfers fight a slice and struggle to conquer it.

    And, yes, I fought it for years before I was able to hit what my playing friend Joe Lenahan called a “cutty thumb cut.” For several years, I could line up to hit my drive that would fly down the left side of the fairway and move just a bit to the right and land in the middle of the fairway.