Lexington, KY — Eighteen (18) of Kentucky’s senior PGA Professionals teed it up today in Lexington in the Kentucky PGA Senior Professional Championship. Competitors began play this morning for the first of two rounds on the Champion Trace Course at Keene Trace Golf Club. These PGA Professionals will be competing for three qualifying spots in the 2017 Senior PGA Professional Championship that will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Champion Trace has long been regarded as one of the premiere courses in the state of Kentucky and it is in excellent condition for this event. The par 72, 6,700 yard course proved to be a difficult test on the first day of this tournament.
After completion of the first round, PGA Professional, Bruce Oldendick, stands atop the leaderboard after posting a 1-under par 71. Oldendick was the only competitor to shoot under par on the day. PGA Professionals, Barry Bonifield and Greg Basham, currently occupy the final two qualifying spots with scores of 75 and 76 respectively. Oldendick began the back nine with a bogey on eleven, but back to back birdies on fourteen and fifteen, including a chip-in birdie on the 206 yard par-3 14th hole, helped propel him to the top of the leaderboard.
Final round play will begin tomorrow at 9:00 AM and there promises to be plenty of action at the top of the leaderboard.