Each year KPGA professionals gather a team of three amateurs to compete with and remember a long-time friend and KPGA Business Partner, Bill Long at the Bill Long Mega Pro-Am, presented by Korbel. This year’s event was held once again at Wildwood Country Club on Monday, June 20. It was a toasty day to #ToastLife as 31 teams competed in the Two Net Best Ball of the Four-Person Team format. Teams were split between morning and afternoon shotgun tee time starts and Professionals also vied for Low Professional and Low Senior Professional honors.
During the morning wave of play, the Larue County Country Club team (PGA Professional Steve Cox, Mike Lee, Dee Hutchins and Derek Ford) led the opening 12 groups after a round of 124 (20-under-par). They had a four-shot advantage over the team from Gay Brewer, Jr. Golf Course (PGA Professional Aaron McDowell, Steve Humphrey, Andy Withrow and Jeff Richie) and the team from Gibson Bay Golf Course (Scott Webb, Phillip Dawes, Larry Huffman and Tom Pendergrass. The field was tightly knotted up behind them and the afternoon wave of play promised more great golf. David Shearn of Louisville Country Club led the morning professional group after and two-under-par round of 70 and Pat Stephens, the PGA Head Men’s Golf Coach at Eastern Kentucky University tied among the Senior Professionals with a one-over-par 73 with Cox.
Two teams were able to go lower than Larue Country in the afternoon wave of 19 teams. The host team, led by PGA Head Professional Blake Watts, Jeff Lansing, Richard Chin and Mike Kosztowni fired a smoking hot round of 119 (25-under-par) to take home this year’s top team prize. They edged out the Audubon Country Club team led by PGA Assistant Professional Patrick Vadden, Tom Lies, Joe Dever and Todd Thomas by four shots. Apparently, it pays to know your way around Wildwood! Watts and his brother, Logan of Louisville Country Club, tied for Low Professional with excellent rounds of 67. They finished two shots ahead of Daniel Iceman, III of Weissinger Hills Golf Course. Stephens and Cox were able to maintain their Low Senior Professional honors.
There was more fun to be had during the day with added games from our Business Partners, Cunningham | Yamaha and Sales Representative Mark Jackie, who offered nice bottles of bourbon to the Professional and Amateur who hit their shot closest to the pin on Hole #3. Congratulations to Barry Bonifield, PGA Professional at Crescent Hill Golf Course and Don Kohler who won the morning prizes! Danny Thieneman took home the Closest to the Pin prize for the amateurs and Corey Stith won amongst professionals in the afternoon. Also, each amateur that hit it closest to the hole on #3 in their foursome got a free glove courtesy of Bionic Gloves and Sales Representatives Cheryl Fink and Larry Edlin.
A special thank you to the always helpful and cheerful staff at Wildwood Country Club and to our KPGA Business Partners: Korbel, Cunningham | Yamaha and Bionic Gloves. For complete results … click here > >