The forecast for the final round of the 97th Kentucky Open at University of Louisville Golf Club on Thursday, July 28 looked very bleak. Strong storms with heavy rains were threatening to hinder the play of the 75 remaining contestants in the field on an already saturated golf course after a night of tumultuous weather. Luckily Mother Nature wanted to witness some great golf and many players did not disappoint her!
Ashton Van Horne of Georgetown was a bit downtrodden after an opening round of 74 but a second round 66 helped rally his spirits. Even more than that, Van Horne made his presence felt early in the final round by firing an opening nine 31 and finishing with another round of 66 to finish the tournament at ten-under-par. In his second professional event after graduating from Belmont University, Van Horne found himself tied with second round leader, Daniel Iceman of Shelbyville. Iceman, the Assistant at Weissinger Hills Golf Course, posted a steady final round two-under-par 70. Iceman, Van Horne and Patrick Newcomb of Benton shared the lead (back and forth every which way) for much of the day. In their first playoff hole, beginning on 18, both Van Horne and Iceman made pars to advance to the 10th. Iceman hit his approach shot long and left and was unable to convert his par chance, while Van Horne hit the green in regulation and made his three foot putt to become the best golfer in Kentucky for 2016.
Congratulations to Ashton Van Horne on his fine play and to Daniel Iceman on his Runner-Up finish! Cooper Musselman of Louisville, a University of Kentucky player, finished as the Low Amateur (much like he did at Hunting Creek Country Club two years ago) at seven-under-par. We would like to thank all of our competitors and qualifying hopefuls for the 2016. We would also like to thank University of Louisville Golf Club and PGA Head Professional Jake Spott and PGA General Manager, Jack Sauers for their wonderful hospitality all week long. We look forward to a great championship in 2017 when we move to Hurstbourne Country Club in Louisville!
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Second Round Highlights
What began as a nice morning turned into a very interesting day in the second round of the 97th Kentucky Open at University of Louisville Golf Club on Tuesday, July 26. 156 top amateurs and professionals in the Commonwealth teed it up once again in hopes of not only surviving the cut (the top 70 competitors and ties) but of breaking into the top spot on the leaderboard.
The morning wave of play began in pleasant conditions that quickly turned hot and humid. There were plenty of hot rounds to match the triple digit heat index by the early afternoon. Former University of Louisville golfer, Daniel Iceman, III of Shelbyville topped the morning wave of play at eight-under-par. The Assistant at Weissinger Hills Golf Course fired a second round 66 that included five birdies, an eagle and a bogey. He was followed by First Round Leader Patrick Newcomb of Benton, who posted a second round score of one-under-par and Cody Martin of Ft. Mitchell who fired rounds of 68-69 to finish at seven-under-par. Collegiate golfers Ashton Van Horne (74-66) and Cooper Musselman (68-72) followed closely behind them at four-under-par. The round of the tournament now belongs to Assistant PGA Professional at Big Spring Country Club, Inc. Harmony Landing Campus – Will Schneider, who fired a smoking hot round of seven-under-par 65.
A slight breeze kicked up for the afternoon wave of play and unfortunately brought a nasty storm along with it. Play was suspended at approximately 4:40 p.m. and did not restart until about 7:40 p.m. Players were able to continue for about an hour until play was suspended for darkness. The last groups finished their remaining six holes (or less) on Thursday morning under rainy conditions at 8 a.m. Trey Bowling (71-69) of Bowling Green and Will Sallee (71-69) of Lexington added their names to the group at four-under-par.
75 players made the cut at 151 (seven-over-par) and final round pairings began Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. off of #1 and #10 tees.
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First Round Highlights
A light breeze brought a little relief to a hot and humid day for the opening round of the 97th Kentucky Open at University of Louisville Golf Club on Tuesday, July 26. 156 top amateurs and professionals in Kentucky teed it up in hopes of firing a hot round of their own and many were rather successful.
After the morning wave of tee times – 68 ruled the leaderboard. Evan Cox, the University of Kentucky player-to-be from Ashland, Grover Justice, PGA Professional at High Performance Golf Academy and Chase Korte, McCracken County junior golf standout of Kevil – all posted rounds of four-under-par to find themselves atop half the field. They were followed by plenty of low rounds close at their heels, including a duo of talented Assistant Professionals, including John Bachman, PGA Assistant at Big Spring Country Club and Jeremy Martin of Greenbrier Golf & Country Club. Bachman & Martin were a shot back after three-under-par 69s.
It was more of the same in the afternoon wave with University of Kentucky golfer, Cooper Musselman of Louisville, Standout Senior Professional and Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame Member, Ted Schulz of Louisville, Brandon Brown – 2011 Kentucky Open Champ of Shelbyville and University of Kentucky grad and touring professional Cody Martin of Ft. Mitchell adding their names to the crowd at 68. Patrick Newcomb of Benton – the 2011 and 2012 Kentucky Amateur Champion (who has since turned professional) made his presence known, by posting a six-under-par, bogey-free round of 66. Almost simultaneous with Newcomb’s rise to the top was a weather delay that brought 13 groups in off of the golf course. Thankfully, the weather delay lasted one hour and brought only light rains to the golf course. Also, all groups were able to finish, but none that could touch Newcomb’s six-birdie round.
With a leaderboard loaded with talent, we are excited to see what the second round holds in store for us! Play begins on #1 and #10 tee at 8 a.m. Remember, we will post all 9-hole scores throughout the day.
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The 2016 Kentucky Open begins at University of Louisville Golf Club on Tuesday, July 26. We look forward to bringing you all the action! 156 of the best professionals and amateurs in the Commonwealth will tee it up in hopes of becoming this year’s Open Champ! Be sure to let us know your winning pick on social media (@GolfHouseKY on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook) by Thursday, July 28 at 8 a.m. for a chance at some great prizes!
We will post 9-hole score updates for Round 1 and Round 2. On Thursday we will have frequent updates on the back nine as well as live scoring for the last three groups. Check the pairings and tee times link below to follow those scores.
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