• GOLF: Coyle gets youth win, trip to Augusta

    The grandson of a Bardstown man is heading to Augusta National.

    Luke Coyle, the grandson of Terry Coyle and the late Mona Lisa Coyle, qualified for the finals in the Drive, Chip and Putt contest by winning the regional meet at Oakmont Golf Club and thus will be on the hallowed grounds on the Sunday preceding The Masters.

    The Campbellsville boy is one of the top golfers in the state in the 11/12-year-old age division.

    Madison Borders of Bardstown participated in the event at Oakmont but did not advance.


  • GOLF: Boone’s Butcher Shop League continues to thrive

    Mondays typically are the slowest day of the week at most golf courses.

    Many private clubs are closed; others will have workers diligently working to get the course back into shape after a busy weekend; and golfers will take the day off after perhaps playing back-to-back rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

    But venture to out to My Old Kentucky Home Golf Course on any Monday during the golf season and you’ll quickly notice that this isn’t a typical day.

  • ‘Runnin’ for Randy’

    Prior to firing the gun, participants in Monday’s Labor Day 5K/10K event bowed their heads and closed their eyes in prayer.

    “We gather on behalf of our friend Randy, whose body is not going the way that it is supposed to go,” said Nelson County High School track and cross country coach Dan Bradley, leading the prayer from atop a ladder.

    The event is something NCHS started hosting five years ago as a way to support the team and students. Over the years, guests of honor have received recognition at the race, but this year was different.

  • Golf notes and local league results

    A young Bardstown golfer is going to have the opportunity to do something that most of us can only dream about.

    Madison Borders is heading to Oakmont, the site of the 2016 U.S. Open and the sixth-best golf course in the country, according to Golf Digest.

    She advanced to the regional being held there in the Drive, Chip and Putt contest that could culminate in a trip to Augusta National.

    Borders finished second in the girls’ 12-13 division.

  • TEE TIME: Chart your rounds for better results

    During my time as the news director for WOKH-FM and WLSK-FM, I spent a lot of time talking to former Bardstown police officer Tom Roby.

    But not all of it was about news items.

    We also talked about everything golf.

    Tom told me that he charts every round that he played, including keeping statistics on his performance.

    Earlier this year, while waiting for specifications for a new driver from a club-fitter at Golf Headquarters in Louisville, I noticed they had a small leather scorecard holder with a pad for keeping stats on a round of golf.

  • TEE TIME: Wood a senior circuit standout

    For the past six decades, 78-year-old Don Wood has been a fixture in Kentucky golf circles.

    The easygoing gentleman is well-known to golfers in the area.

    Since 1961, he’s made the trip to Bardstown nearly every Sunday during the golf season to play golf with the likes of Randall Burba, Haydon Spalding, Tommie Hurst, the late John Prewitt and others.

  • GOLF: Local league results

    Local league results

    Jack And Jill Couples League

    Scratch: Mouse Culver/Sue Rogers (32 points)

    Hook: Richie Parkerson/Jenny Parkerson (32)

    Slice: Jack Brey/Karyn Brey (28)

    Bogey: Kenny Hayden/Diana Hayden (30)

    Low gross: Tim Gilpin/Marie Barnes (71)

    Low net: Paul Walker/Barbara Walker (67)

    Closest to the hole: Paul Walker/Barbara Walker (#2) and Alan Rust/Doris Rust (#7)


  • TEE TIME: Make sure your putter fits you

    I was playing golf with a gentleman earlier this year and noticed he was using one of the original Ping Anser putters.

    Of course, that is the iconic flatstick that Karsten Solheim designed in his garage in 1966 that at one time was used by half of the golfers on the PGA tour.

    My golfing partner said he received the club as a gift from his (former) girlfriend, and it’s the only putter that he’s ever used.

  • TEE TIME: Fifty years of golfing memories

    Happy Anniversary to me.

    No, it’s not my wedding anniversary.

    My wife Janet and I did celebrate our 38th year of marriage on June 4, the same day our son Alan and wife Leigh had their marriage convalidated in the Catholic Church.

    Actually, this month marks the 50th year that I took up this great game.

    Yep, it was August of 1966 when I trekked up to the field behind Dr. Eli George’s house in Lebanon and tried my hand at golf.

  • TEE TIME: Aces: The rarest of the rare on the links

    It’s one of the great golf commercials of all time.

    A young man is playing by himself late one evening and tees his ball up on a par-3 hole. He crisply hits an iron shot onto the green, and thinks it goes into the hole.

    He straps his clubs onto his shoulder and runs towards the green. As he approaches it, he anxiously looks for his ball and slowly walks towards the cup. He picks his ball out of the hole, and looks around, seeing no one.

    Suddenly, a worker comes driving up and says, “Hey kid, nice shot.”

    An ace.