They may have been a bit short on sleep, but two new dads and former coworkers teed it up in the final round of the Kentucky PGA Match Play Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club Champions Course on Wednesday, August 3. Tee time conditions were mild and sunny for Chad Douglas, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Louisville Country Club and father to one-week-old Vivian and Corey Stith, PGA Head Professional at Tates Creek Golf Course and father to four-month-old Emery.
Douglas took the One Up lead at the opening hole that Stith took over on the Fourth hole and increased to Two Up on the Fifth. Douglas clawed his way back and the two were All Square making the turn. Stith won the Tenth, but Douglas won the Eleventh and Twelfth and seemed to find a groove and a smooth putting stroke late in his round, as temperatures heated up. Douglas seemed to seal his fate with a nice birdie on 15 and closed out the match with a birdie at the final hole for the One Up victory. The duo would have made an excellent Four-Ball team, each playing a hole well when their playing competitor faltered. Stith hit some masterful iron shots and made several great birdies in his 18 holes.
Douglas had also taken his Semifinal match down to the wire with a One Up victory over Hurstbourne Country Club’s Myles Mahan. Stith won his Semis match One Up over Wildwood PGA Head Professional Blake Watts. Watts, Mahan, Douglas and Stith all won their Quarterfinal Matches with 4&3 margins of victory. Watts even recorded his fifth hole-in-one on the Ninth Hole during his Quarterfinal Match against Crescent Hill PGA Head Professional Barry Bonifield.
Congratulations to Douglas, who should have a good amount of money to stock up on diapers with his victory! A special thank you to Keene Trace Golf Club Champions Course and supporting partner, Pukka Headwear and Sales Representative Billy Trimble for making this great event possible!
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