The Kentucky Golf Association golfing faithful worked hard all season to have their abilities showcased at the KGA Amateur Series Championship at Heritage Hill Golf Club on Thursday, September 8. Players competed in events at Nevel Meade Golf Club in Prospect, Eagle’s Nest Country Club in Somerset, Cherry Blossom Golf & Country Club in Georgetown, Griffin Gate Marriott Resort in Lexington and Traditions Golf Club in Hebron in hopes of accumulating enough points to make it to this invitation only Series Championship. Players represented five divisions in this Championship: 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). Conditions were hot and humid and included a late afternoon downpour, for good measure. Luckily, that did not dampen the spirits of some great competitive spirits!
The Master’s Division finished their day first. Jim Caudill of Morehead took home Low Gross honors with an even-par round of 72 and a two-shot victory over Louisville’s Rick Cain. Terry Bowman of Louisville finished Third and an additional shot behind. On the Net side, Elmo Greer of London took home Top Honors with a two-under-par 70 and a one-shot victory over Bowling Green’s Sammy Levinson. Levinson beat out good friend, Bruce Walters of Lexington in a scorecard playoff for Second Net.
The Legends Division was small in number, but still had plenty of excitement. Vernon Denham of Louisville beat out Don Wood of Louisville in a scorecard playoff for the Low Gross victory. Both gentlemen posted terrific rounds of one-under-par 71. Fred McMillen of Bardstown took home Low Net honors with a five-under-par 67.
The Senior Division posted some fantastic results as well. Gary Backlund of Mt. Sterling continued his great play of the 2016 season, posting a four-under-par 68 to take home Low Gross honors. John Lepping of Louisville finished Second after a one-over-par 73, edging out Shelbyville’s Max Marley by one shot to do so. Scott Pottinger of Louisville rounded out the Low Gross scores with a 76. On the Net side, Mike Gosnell of Louisville posted a stellar 66 to take home the win. He beat out Tim Medley of Union in a scorecard playoff to do so. Curtis Wuellner of Hebron fired a 71 to finish third and beat out Greg Turner of Alexandria in a scorecard playoff.
In the Player’s Division, Ken Francke of Nicholasville turned in an excellent round of one-over-par for the Low Gross Honors by one shot. Nadmid Tsevegsuren of Louisville posted another terrific round of his 2016 season with a Net 64 to take home another victory in the Net portion of the scoring.
The day would not be complete without on last scorecard playoff. That occurred in the Open Division, where Stephen Ewing of Bardstown and Jonathon Ice of Louisville both posted rounds of three-over-par 75. Ewing had the scorecard advantage and was able to secure the victory.
A special thank you to Heritage Hill for being wonderful hosts for this event and a shout out to all who participated in these fun and competitive events all season long! We look forward to seeing everyone (who may not be able to play in the Mid-Am) next season!
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