Scheduling an event in April is tricky business…you always worry about the weather and if golfers have their minds on fairways and greens this early in the season. The Kentucky Golf Association beat the odds and kicked off its golf season on April 20, 2016 at a beautiful facility, under summer-like weather conditions. Nevel Meade Golf Club in Prospect played host to a field of over 120 players, who enjoyed their day in the sun and short grass. The KGA Am Series holds five events throughout the season, all over the Commonwealth, to culminate in a Series Championship at Heritage Hill Golf Club in early September.
The Open Division (a division open to players of any age, vying for gross prizes only) got things off to a hot start with Brad Wilder of Ft. Wright firing a beautiful round of four-under-par 68 for a three shot victory over Rob Crockett, II and Davis Boland, both of Louisville. This was a tightly knit field with 13 players all within 10 shots of the winning score.
The Mid-Seniors (for ages 40-54, vying for gross and net prizes) finished next with some equally excellent play. Don Kohler, Jr. of Prospect also fired a round of four-under-par 68 to take home a two shot victory over Brian Hartlage of LaGrange. Congrats to both players on two really solid sub-par rounds! Nadmid Tsevegsuren of Louisville took home Low Net honors with a blistering round of 63 and an eleven shot victory.
The first Am Series event acted as a pilot program for a new scoring method for the three senior divisions. Each had their own respective Gross Divisions (Seniors ages 55-64, Masters ages 65-71 and Legends ages 72 and over) and one total Net Division among the three groups (still playing from their own respective tee markers). The top finisher of the large group of Net participants was Pat McGinnis of Prospect, after a round of 66. He edged out Ed Gex Williams of Carrollton in a scorecard playoff and bested David Turner of Louisville by three shots. Finishing Fourth was Dan Albers, Sr. of Louisville with a round of 70.
As an unusually warm April day heated up (thank goodness for an always breezy Nevel Meade!), the Senior Gross Division became very hotly contested. John Lepping of Louisville, Gary Backlund of Mt. Sterling, Bill Sergent of London and Steve Humphrey of Lexington all fired rounds of 74 to tie atop the leader board. Lepping’s final nine one-under-par 35 was enough to separate him from the pack for Low Gross honors. Nipping at their heels was Tom Reddick of Bardstown, who finished Fourth with a round of 76.
The Legends Gross Division also came down to the wire. Bill Harding and Vernon Denham, both of Louisville, finished their day with rounds of 75. Harding came out the victor after a scorecard playoff. Don Wirth of Prospect finished an additional three shots back.
The Masters Gross Division rounded out the day in yet another shootout. Elmo Greer of London came out on top after a solid round of 77. He bested Terry Bowman and Rick Cain (both of Louisville) by one shot.
Congratulations to all of our winners and to everyone who joined us on this beautiful day for friendly competition! We look forward to many more on the calendar in 2016.
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