Elizabethtown, KY – The Kentucky Senior Open teed off today at par 72, 6,670 yard Elizabethtown Country Club. Competing in the championship are senior amateurs and professionals age of 50 and older.
Local amateur Stanley Ramsey and professional Randy Jewell shot 3-under par 69 to lead the field. Ramsey bogeyed the first hole and then made five birdies over the next nine holes. Jewell of Richmond shot a 2-under par 34 on the front nine and then settled into making pars until the 563 yard 18th hole where he made birdie to complete his round. Five amateurs are two shots back at 1-under par 71 and include Buddy Bryan (Lexington), Mark Knecht (Paducah), Stefan Robbins (Lexington), Michael Rickard (Corydon), and Kenneth Kirchner (Lexington). Kirchner played the most consistent of the players as his round included seventeen pars and a birdie. Eastern Kentucky University Men’s Golf Coach and PGA Professional Pat Stephens is close enough to be in the mix for the championship with an even-par 72.
Other notable PGA Professional include; Crescent Hill Golf Course Head Professional Barry Bonifield (73) and Twin Bridges Golf Club Head Professional Bruce Oldendick (74).
In the 60 Plus Division, amateur Taylor Kindervater, Elizabethtown shot an even par 72 and leads the field by three shots. In second place is amateur Stacy Russell of Richmond. However, the battle-tested warhorse Elmo Greer (amateur) of London is in third and within striking distance.
The Kentucky Senior Open concludes tomorrow with the championship round. Play begins at 8:30 with the overall leaders starting at 10:53.