It was a fantastic day for golf in Eastern Kentucky and a golfer from the western part of the Commonwealth took full advantage. Andy Roberts of Owensboro was crowned the 2016 Clark’s Pump-n-Shop Marathon Kentucky Amateur Champion on Thursday, July 14 at Bellefonte Country Club in Ashland. He began the day one shot ahead of Billy Basham of Louisville and Joe Deraney of Lexington. Much like his 2010 Kentucky Open victory, Roberts’ game never faltered. He carded three birdies to offset two bogeys on his way to final round of one-under-par 69 to finish at nine-under-par (201) and complete a two shot victory over fellow competitors and good friends Denver Haddix, Jr. of Lexington and Deraney. This marks the third year in a row that Haddix has finished in the Runner-Up Position in the Amateur.
Temperatures were still warm and the day completed amidst booms of thunder from an impending that the last group beat by a few moments – but all in all it was a day made for championship golf. Roberts remarked in his acceptance speech that it was wonderful to share this week with the many friends he’s made over the years through golf in Kentucky (many of whom were in attendance at the ceremony upon completion of their final rounds) and that he was excited to make the five hour trip back to Owensboro to celebrate with his family.
In addition to finishing in the Runner-Up Position, Haddix and Deraney took home the Uncle Joe Dickson Award for being the Low Public Amateur Links players in the field with rounds of 203. Deraney carded a final round of even par and Haddix a two-under-par 68. The Herrald Kirkpatrick Award, given to the Low Senior Golfer in the field, was again received by John Gagai of Ironton with an impressive five-over-par total. He also won this award at Big Spring Country Club last year. Gagai was also recognized with the Rodney Clark Award, which was presented to the Low Bellefonte Country Club Men’s Golf Association Member finishing in the field this week. This is a unique award presented in 2016 by the Clark Family (owners of title sponsor, Clark’s Pump-n-Shop) in remembrance of their brother, taken too soon earlier this year. Erik Edwards of Louisville was presented with the Colonel Lee Read Award, for the Low Junior in the field. Edwards fired terrific rounds of 69-70-68 for the honor. The low three rounds of the Championship were also awarded to Andrew McKinney of Danville for his opening round of 64, Billy Basham of Louisville for his second round 65 and to Ryan Gillum of Grayson for his final round of 65.
Many great rounds of golf were posted on the final day and we certainly hope the 71 players who competed enjoyed their superb golf as much as we did! A sincere thank you to Bellefonte Country Club for rolling out the “green” carpet for the Kentucky Golf Association! Their hospitality and welcoming of this Championship are unmatched! We would also like to extend gratitude to our Title Sponsors: Clark’s Pump-n-Shop and Marathon and the entire Clark Family and team. It was a unique and special event!
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Second Round Highlights
Temperatures and low scores ignited the second round of the Clark’s Pump-n-Shop Marathon Kentucky Amateur Championship on Wednesday, July 13 at Bellefonte Country Club. As soon as two groups finished their first round at 7:30 a.m., Round 2 began with a brief rain shower that was followed by humidity that raised the heat index to over 100 degrees. That proved to be no problem for many of the 156 participants, as many great rounds of golf were posted.
Andy Roberts of Owensboro, a Mid-Amateur who is no stranger to a Kentucky Golf Association Leaderboard and the 2010 Kentucky Open Champ, leads the field by one shot after rounds of 65-67 (eight-under-par). His second round included five birdies and he’s had a successful KGA season thus far, taking medalist honors in the Kentucky Match Play Championship and finishing as the Runner-Up. He is followed by Eastern Kentucky University Golfer-to-be, Billy Basham of Louisville, who fired a second round 65 with an eagle and five birdies on his card. Basham won the AJGA Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior at Bellefonte with rounds of 68-69-65 last month. He is joined at seven-under-par by Joe Deraney of Lexington, who posted rounds of 67-66. In addition to being a terrific Mid-Am in the KGA, Deraney has posted victories in the Timuquana Cup in Florida and Lupton Memorial in Tennessee this year. Jacob Poore of Union continued his solid play, following up an opening 66 with a round of 68. The Northern Kentucky University golfer posted five birdies in his second round. An additional shot behind Poore is First Round Leader, Andrew McKinney of Danville. The Centre golfer shot one-over-par in his second round. He is joined at 135 by two-time KGA Player of the Year and 2016 Match Play Champ, Denver Haddix, Jr. of Lexington. J. Ryan Harris of Elizabethtown sits in Seventh after two rounds. The Bellarmine golfer shots rounds of 67-69. He is followed by Drew Kiehl of Louisville, a teammate of Basham’s on the KHSAA State Championship St. Xavier team, who finished his two days at three-under-par. Rounding out the Top Ten include Avery Edwards of Paducah (70-68), Billy Tom Sargent of Georgetown (69-69) and Evan Cox of Ashland (66-72) at two-under-par.
71 players made the cut at 148 (eight-over-par) and will tee it up Thursday morning for what promises to be a terrific final round!
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First Round Highlights
The title sponsor lent its name very well to the opening round of the Clark’s Pump-n-Shop Marathon Kentucky Amateur Championship on Tuesday, July 12 at Bellefonte Country Club. 156 contestants teed it up from (virtually) sun-up to sunset in their first round, thanks to an almost two-hour rain delay that began a little after 2 p.m. – affecting both the morning and afternoon waves of play.
After the morning wave was complete, two players stood atop the leaderboard, Northern Kentucky University golfer, Jacob Poore of Union and three-time Mid-Amateur Champion David Jasper of Louisville both fired rounds of four-under-par 66 to separate themselves from the field. They were joined (from the afternoon wave) by Ashland’s own Evan Cox, who took home NCAA Division 3 Individual Title earlier this year playing for Virginia Wesleyan. The rounds of 66 were bested by Andy Roberts of Owensboro, a talented Mid-Amateur and the 2010 Kentucky Open Champion. Roberts fired an opening round of 65. Andrew McKinney of Danville – a junior-to-be at Centre College topped them all with a stellar six-under-par round of 64. McKinney’s scorecard was highlighted by an eagle on the first hole and five birdies. Course conditions, while not playing long, were difficult. Hitting smart tee shots is the key to staying out of the trouble on a layout lined with mature trees. Two groups were unable to finish their rounds due to darkness but resumed play of their final two holes at 7:30 a.m. without second round tee times will not be affected.
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The Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Marathon Kentucky Amateur Championship returns to Bellefonte Country Club on July 12-14. We are thrilled to be headed back to Ashland for the Amateur after 51 years of being there last. Many things have changed since 1965, including a renovation of Bellefonte in 2006. The Clark family, who own Clark’s Pump-N-Shop were very instrumental in bringing the Championship back to their home club, which will feature a unique Player’s Reception on Monday night. On Tuesday morning, 156 players, including two Past Champions (Jimmy McKenzie and Tyler Sharpe) will tee it up in hopes of becoming the 2016 Champion. We look forward to bringing you all the action!
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