While the first day of fall in Kentucky did not show any signs of cooler temperatures, the shot making abilities of the three Kentucky PGA Assistant professionals were definitely cool and crisp. They competed in the final round of the Kentucky PGA Assistant Match Play Championship Semi and Final round at Kearney Hill Golf Links on Thursday, September 22 on a day that saw temperatures soar into the mid-90s.
The day began with the Semi-Final round, where John Bachman of Big Spring Country Club, Inc.’s Big Spring Campus took on Weissinger Hills Golf Course’s Daniel Iceman. Ironically, the two teamed up earlier this year in the Bushnell Pro-Pro Championship at Audubon Country Club. This time, they went head-to-head in match play and kept their match close for much of the day. They each won one hole on the opening nine to make the turn at all-square. Bachman then put his game in overdrive going 2-up through twelve and finished out Iceman on the seventeenth hole to post the 2&1 victory.
After a short break, it was then Bachman’s turn to take on 2016 Kentucky PGA Match Play Champion, Chad Douglas of Louisville Country Club. Neither opponent had it easy in the Assistant Match Championship Brackets – Bachman had a bye in the first round, defeated Scott Webb of Gibson Bay in the Second 2-up and defeating Hurstbourne Country Club’s Myles Mahan 2&1 before facing Iceman and ultimately Douglas. Douglas defeated Willie Gibson 4&3 in the First Round, defeated Nathan Hincks 1-up in the Second and in the Quarterfinal defeated coworker Logan Watts 5&4. The Final Match continued to set a dramatic stage. Douglas had the hot hand early, making an eagle on the third hole and birdie on the fifth to go 2-up. Bachman then won the next three holes to move the match to his advantage, one-up. On that eighth hole, a par three, his shot hit the flagstick and came to rest a foot from the hole. Another close chance from the talented player, who still has yet to have a hole-in-one in his golfing career. They made the turn with Bachman maintaining his 1-up lead. He also posted great scores on holes 10-12 to move to 4-up. While Douglas tried to stage a comeback winning holes 14 & !5, Bachman won the 16th hole to close out the match. He is the Assistant Match Play Champion with a 3&2 victory. Congrats to these gentlemen on their fine play!
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