Louisville, KY — Amateur Cooper Musselman (age 22), of Louisville, KY, claims victory in the 98th Kentucky Open hosted at Hurstbourne Country Club. After winning Low Amateur two out of the last three years (2014 and 2016), Musselman came in this year’s Championship looking to top the field! With a final round of 67, which included 4 birdies and remaining pars, he ended the three day tournament 7-under-par 206, clinching a one stroke victory over the leading competition! The Kentucky Open Championship hasn’t been won by an Amateur since 2010, making Musselman’s win that much sweeter by ending the streak.
The general difficulty of Hurstbourne’s 71 par, 7007 yard course tends to weed out the underdogs, but the state’s best golfers battled throughout the day in a tight match. Professional Logan Hogge (age 23), of Salt Lick, KY, fought his way to a leading position with an impressive 7-under-par final round, where he birdied hole 10, had five birdies out of six holes on the front nine, and another three consecutive birdies on the back nine. Hogge ended the tournament 6-under-par 207 taking the 2017 Runner Up and Low Professional Awards. In 2015, Hogge, then an Amateur golfer, won Low Amateur.
Kentucky PGA Apprentice Professional, Andrew Stephens (age 32), of Union, KY, tied for third place with Professional Patrick Newcomb (age 27), of Benton, KY, with a final score of 5-under-par 208. Both Stephens and Newcomb ranked in the top 10 of last year’s Kentucky Open.
The Kentucky Open is a flagship tournament for the Kentucky PGA, contested over 54 stroke-play competition. Players reach the championship by either qualifying at a section site or earning an exemption into the championship field, drawing 156 of the best golfers in Kentucky. The field was cut to the top 77 after 36-holes of competition. Thank you to Hurstbourne Country Club for hosting the 98th Kentucky Open, and congratulations to all the participants of this year’s tournament.