Cloud cover was a saving grace on a hot and humid day for the fourth installment of the Kentucky Golf Association’s Amateur Series event at Marriott’s Griffin Gate Golf Club on Friday, July 22. A field of over 70 golfers comprised of Senior Division players (ages 55-64), Legends Division players (ages 65-71), Legends Division players (ages 72 and over), Players Division (all ages, gross and net) and Open Division (all ages, gross only) braved a heat index that was forecasted to top out at 106 degrees. This was for good reason, as the top finishers in the five Amateur Series events continue to the Series Championship at Heritage Hill Golf Club in early September.
The Masters Divison kicked the day off on a high note. Terry Bowman of Louisville played a beautiful round of golf to finish with a round of 68. He was followed by Rick Smith of Winchester with a one-over-par 73. Bruce Walters of Lexington fired a 76 and beat out Eddie Venters of Lexington in a scorecard playoff for Fourth Low Gross. In the Net Portion, Elmo Greer on London, had a solid round of 67 for top honors. That was one shot clear of James Stricker of Louisville. An additional shot back was Willie Willard of Frankfort, who beat out Macky Coomer of Somerset to finish Third Low Net.
The Legends Division proved age isn’t anything but a number with some great golf of their own. Perennial Low Gross victor, Don Wood of Louisville, took home another top honor after a round of one-under-par 71. He had a two-shot advantage over Fred McMillen of Bardstown. Hobie Henninger of Simpsonville finished with the Low Net victory after a round of 64. He nipped the top spot in a scorecard playoff over George Gupton of Campbellsville.
As the temperatures heated up, the scores went DOWN! Steve Humphrey of Lexington fired a stellar round of TEN-UNDER-PAR 62 for Low Gross honors. Gary Backlund of Mt. Sterling finished second with a round of 67. He was followed by Scott Pottinger of Louisville, who had a two-under-par 70. Pottinger was three shots clear of fellow Hurstbourne Country Club member, Bill Leavell. Johnny Belcher of Glasgow rounded out the top five with a nice round of 74. Taking home the Low Net victory was Curt Wuellner of Hebron with a round of 66. He finished a shot ahead of Larry Hartig of Cold Spring and two ahead of Max Marley of Shelbyville. Marley edged out Ed Gex Williams of Carrollton in a scorecard playoff for Third Low Net. Finishing Fifth was Michael Smith with a round of 70.
The Players Division kept the hot streak alive. Don Kohler of Prospect continued his winning ways with an excellent round of 67 for Low Gross Honors while Jason Parroco (also of Prospect) took home the Low Net Prize after a round of 66.
The Open Division finished last, but certainly not least – with more fabulous golf. R.J. Foltz of Covington had an impressive round of 67 to beat out Austin Zapp of Union. Zapp and Blake Cartwright of Winchester both fired rounds of one-under-par, with the scorecard playoff edge going to Zapp.
Don’t let these scores fool you – this is a tricky and narrow golf course! Congratulations to everyone who played and thank you to Marriott Griffin Gate for a special day of golf that we will not soon forget!
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