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Golf

  • GOLF: Bourbon Open returns this week

    The 71st Bourbon Open Golf Tournament gets underway on Thursday at My Old Kentucky Golf Course, and as usual, hundreds of golfers have already registered to play in Kentucky’s longest running golf tournament.

    Tournament director Andy Meredith noted that many of the golfers are returnees, coming from all across the country, including Washington State, Arizona, Florida and Ohio.

    He says there are still tee times available for others who may be considering playing and partaking of the good times at the country club.

  • TEE TIME: Club alterations should be handled with great care

    Golfers are a finicky bunch.

    Like most in today’s world, we look for instant gratification and will try the latest and greatest invention that will enable us to knock those last few strokes off of our score.

    We put weighted tape on a club (guilty), we cut the length off for more accuracy (guilty), we change the loft on the driver (guilty) before we play, because it’s a penalty to change a club during a round, and some of us buy the anti-slice driver that is advertised on those all-night infomercials (not guilty of this one).

  • GOLF: Maywood plays host to U.S. Open qualifier

    Cooper Musselman fired a 5-under-par 67 to capture the top spot in the U.S. Open qualifying round held at Maywood on Monday.

    The Louisville golfer carded five birdies and a single bogey in moving on to the next round of play.

    He will be joined by Ryan Botts of Lebanon, Tenn., Ashton VanHorne of Georgetown and Tyler McDaniel of Manchester, each of whom shot a 68. Eric Ansett (Spokane, Wash.) and Jessie Massie (Louisville) each shot a 69.

    Massie is the only professional among the six.

  • GOLF: Local league results

    Local league results

    Maywood Men’s League

    Augusta Division

    First place: Troy Adams/Wes Thompson and Tommie Hurst/Chad Riggs (tied with 2.5 points)

    Second: Kevin Mattingly/Damien Ulrich, Stephen Ewing/John Kutch, and Corey Hall/Andy Meredith (tied with 2)

     

    Pebble Beach Division

    First place: Nevin Baker/Dan Hicks and Scott Deopere/Rob Farrell (tied with 3 points

    Second: Jeff Brown/Scott Kindervarter (2.5)

  • TEE TIME: Bardstown a key stop on Ky golf circuit

    Bardstown’s central location has been a key reason the local golf courses have been able to attract so many tournaments over the years.

    Whether it is at the junior level through the Pepsi Tour and the Musselman-Dunne Tour, or the amateur tournaments from the Bluegrass Amateur Series or the GolfWeek tour, golfers from throughout Kentucky annually experience the challenges of Maywood and My Old Kentucky Home.

  • GOLF: Local league results

    Maywood Stableford Tourney

    First place: John Tandy (14 points)

    Second: Chad Riggs (13)

    Third: Rob Farrell and Pat Disponett (tied with 11)

     

    Ky. Golf Association

    at Nevel

    Senior gross flight

    Fifth place: Tommy Reddick (76)

     

    Golfweek Amateur Tour

    at Houston Oaks

    Senior A flight

    First place: Willie Edelen (81)

  • TEE TIME: Leave it better than you found it

    Leave the course in better shape than you found it

    This column has run before, but with more golfers heading to the course as the weather improves, I think it bears repeating.

    I’ve added some thoughts on taking care of the golf course, thoughts that were ingrained in me from a man who taught me how to appreciate the beauty of a well-maintained golf course.

    To get to the first tee at the Lebanon Country Club, a golfer must pass by a plaque under a flagpole that has the following inscription:

  • TEE TIME: Long putters prompt rule changes

    There’s something about the majors that can bring out the best in the older golfers.

    Jack Nicklaus winning The Masters in 1986.

    Greg Norman held a two-shot lead entering the final round of the 2008 Open Championship at the age of 53.

    And 59-year old Tom Watson was a 12-foot par putt away from winning the 2009 Open Championship.

    That’s why a lot of us were enamored when Bernard Langer, a two-time winner at Augusta and 58 years old, started the final day only two shots behind Jordan Speith.

  • GOLF: Speith’s collapse on 12 one for the ages

    What a week it has been!!

    Just days after Kris Jenkins’ shot to win the NCAA championship game for Villanova and erase the heartbreak of Christian Laettner’s dagger into the hearts of Kentucky fans as one of the great shots of all-time, Jordan Speith’s collapse on the back nine of The Masters may top Greg Norman’s meltdown in the 1996 tournament.

    And never has it been so true that “The Masters doesn’t really begin until the back nine on Sunday.”

  • COLUMN: Tee Time makes its return, just in time for The Masters

    Who would have thunk it?

    I sure as heck didn’t, and I’m quite positive that you hadn’t either.

    I’m not talking about this column entering its fourth year, although I’m surprised the editors would have come to their senses and realized (a) no one reads it and (b) my writing skills lack the skills that should be seen in this award-winning newspaper.

    But, alas, I am straying from my point.