Last Saturday, 21 teams and eight individuals comprised a field of 107 players that teed it up in this popular annual Madison County Invitational.
This event is co-hosted by the Madison Southern and Berea Community girls golf teams. Southern coach Vickie Grant was the chairwoman.
The Low Team trophy went to Rockcastle County with a score of 330. Dunbar High School was second with 337 and Mason County was third with a 338 total.
Madison Central came in seventh with a score of 373. Tristyn Nowlin led Central’s team with a 76, Mackenzie Neal had an 80, Tori Harvey had a 103, Emily Ridings had a 114 and Matty Joe Neely shot a 123. Paige Stamper, playing as an individual, had a 120.
Madison Southern’s team was led by Katelyn Simpson, who shot an 89. Lauren Wilson shot a 95, Taylor Edwards had a 104, Randa Weaver had a 117 and Mackenzie Lainhart had a 152.
The low individual score for the tournament was Megan Kinney of Western Hills with a sizzling 4-under par, 68. Second low score was a 75 by Lauren Vice of Mason County with a record-breaking 31 on the front nine and a 44 on the incoming nine for a 75.
The third-best score of the day was by our own Tristyn Nowlin of Madison Central with a score of 76.
The golfers and coaches enjoyed a luncheon on the turn and got enough energy for the last nine holes. With most high school matches playing just nine holes, 18 holes was a long walk for these young golfers. I am sure a lot of them were tired but they kept on going.
That is the mark of a champion.
Coach Vicki Grant passed out the trophies and medallions and congratulated the winners. She also expressed her gratitude to the players and coaches for their participation and thanked head pro Clay Hamrick and his staff for their help.
It is a great feather in the cap of Madison County golf and Madison Southern/Berea Community to host this event.
My hat is off to Vicki Grant for a job well done and for making it a success.
You da lady!
Cumberland Valley Bank outing at The Bull
Last Friday, The Bull played host to the Annual Customer Appreciation Day Scramble by the generous Cumberland Valley National Bank.
Eighty-six players participated.
After a welcoming speech and rules of play outlined by head professional Todd Christian, the players took to the links on a beautiful day for golf.
After a fun, fun day on the course, with refreshments a plenty, there were two teams tied for the championship with 19-under par, 53. They were Paige Beard, Hubert Broaddus, John Burford, Dewell Gossett, Tim Edwards and Matt Stone. The other team was Alan Marcum, Ben Sutton, Troy Rudder, Chris Edwards and Elijah Hollow.
Two teams also tied for second with 55. They were David Benge, Lee Summerfield, David Frazier, Drew Alexander and Chuck Stover. The other team was Tony Blair, Shirley Allen, Janet French and Robert Gill.
The third-place team was Robbie Collins, Todd Marcum, Bryan Woods, Jamie Durham, Jon Mayer and Lee Greer with a 56.
In the special events, closest to the pin winners were Janet French for the women and Ward Stokes for the men. Long drive for the women went to Paige Beard and for the men was Kerry Cowan. Chipping contest winner was Shirley Allen.
After play the players were treated to a delicious barbecue luncheon with all the trimmings. The winners picked up their generous prizes which were $100 gift certificates to the first-place team, $50 to the second-place team and $25 to the third-place team.
Winners of the special events received $50 each. All of the players were given a gift of a thermos glass and a cooler to keep your beverages cold.
They treated us like PGA Tour members and that is first class!
Many thanks to Cumberland Valley National Bank for a wonderful day of golf, fun and camaraderie in the Garden of Eden.
Special thanks to Tom Giacchini for this report.
Mahalo to all of you good folks.
Berea wins Ryder Cup
Berea golfers kept their Ryder Cup in possession another year when they defeated the Bluegrass Army Depot team 15 1/2 to 8 1/2 over the weekend.
Pnut Johnson was a big winner for Berea going undefeated for the tournament. Whitney Maupin was the captain for Berea and Nick Bowling was the BGAD captain.
Estill County defeats MCC in Presidents Cup
On Saturday, 12 Madison Country Club team members teed it up against 12 of Estill County Country Club’s members and defeated them pretty handily 38 1/2 to 25 1/2.
They must have celebrated too much because they went to Estill County on Sunday and took a thrashing. Estill County won the Presidents Cup by seven points.
It is disappointing to lose the Cup after such a good lead and I am sure MCC Team Captain Hubert Broaddus, who is a competitor, was not too happy.
Next year it will be different.
Kudos to two local golfers
EKU Men’s Golf Coach Pat Stephens waltzed to a seven-shot win in the Kentucky PGA Senior Professional Championship last week at the Greenbriar Country Club in Lexington.
He shot a five-under par 139 for the two days. By winning this event he qualifies for the National Senior PGA Championship in October.
Congratulations, Pat, and keep tuned up for October.
The other local is Don Edwards (cousin), who shot a remarkable 65 at the Madison Country Club a couple of weeks ago.
He was playing with Carl Noe. Don said he was playing the ladies tees, which he hates to admit is the senior tees.
For any golfer pushing 80 years of age that is in the zone.
You da man, Don! Wow!
Aug. 31 through Sept. 3 — Madison Country Club will host their 66th Annual Labor Day Invitational. Shootout on Friday night.
Sept. 7 through 9 — Berea Country Club will host their Member/Guest. Entry fee is $60 per person and includes two days of golf, dinner on Saturday night, cart and practice round (cart not included for practice round).
Sept. 15 and 16 at Bluegrass Army Depot — The Clarence Fain Memorial Men’s Invitational. Entry fee is $125 and includes one 18-hole practice round (cart not included), 36 hole tournament — pre-flighted by handicap, cart included, steak dinner and dance for you and one guest (additional guest $10 each). Free refreshments on the course for participants during tournament play. Prizes: First – Cobra Irons; Second – Cobra Driver; Third – Cobra Golf Bag; Fourth – Titleist Wedge; Fifth – Titleist Pro V1. Entry fee must be received by Sept. 14. For info call 779-7222.
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Until next time … live, love, laugh and learn, Glenmore.