Alex Goff Notches Dominant Victory in 106th Clark's Pump-N-Shop Kentucky Amateur
LEXINGTON, KY (September 11, 2020) – There was never a doubt this was Alex Goff’s tournament to win. On Friday, the Kentucky Amateur trophy was presented for the 106th time at Lexington Country Club. The 2020 champion is Alex Goff after recording a final round 70 (-2) on his way to a total score of 204 (-12), giving him a four-stroke victory over 2016 champion Andy Roberts. It is the first time the redshirt sophomore of the Kentucky Wildcats has won the event and he did so in dominant fashion. He was one of just six players to finish the tournament with an under-par score, but he displayed exemplary talent to run away with the title.
Beginning the round three shots clear of 2016 champion Andy Roberts and Josh Rhodes, immediate birdies on the 1st and 2nd holes from Goff made a huge statement for the Kings Mountain, North Carolina native. His lead quickly grew from three shots to five shots and it was relative smooth sailing from there. The lead got to as many as seven strokes during the back nine, but despite two late bogeys, it always seemed destined to be his week.
It was an emotional win, however, for Goff and his University of Kentucky teammates. Just over a month following the passing of his teammate and roommate Cullan Brown, Goff and his counterparts were able to enjoy a happy moment this afternoon following a difficult month coping with Brown’s passing. The sun peeked out for the first time all day at Lexington Country Club when Goff and his playing partners were putting out on the 17th green in a moment that seemed like a friendly tip of the cap from the heavens.
“If I could say anything to (Cullan) right now, I would just tell him that I miss him,” Goff said. “I know he’s in a better place, probably shooting ducks or making the best meal he’s ever made, but we all miss him down here and I know I’ll see him again one day. This week gave me the confidence though that I can play and compete with the best. We’re playing an all-SEC schedule this fall and our first tournament is in three or four weeks which I’m really looking forward to. It just feels good to win though. It’s my first real win ever since becoming a member of UK and this tournament had a major feel to it all week. I’m happy to get it done.”
NOTES & STATS
- Play was stopped and a minute of silence was observed this morning at 8:46 a.m., nineteen years to the date of the events of September 11th, 2001. Players, staff and officials paused to remember and pay tribute to those lost that day.
- The low round of the day came from Denver Haddix with a score of 67 (-5). The round sent Haddix up the leaderboard into a final position of T14.
- In other honors awarded on Friday, Hugo Archer was presented with the low junior award (T7), 2014 champion Tom Campbell was presented with the low senior award (T24), and Denver Haddix was presented with the award commemorating the low player from a public golf course (T9).
- The easiest hole of the final round was the par-five 7th which played to a stroke-to-par average of -0.16, surrendering twenty birdies and an eagle from William Molen.
- The hardest hole on Friday was the par-four 10th at +0.72. No birdies were made on it today and more than half the field made bogey or worse.
The Kentucky Golf Association would like to thank Greg Griffith, PGA and his staff at Lexington Country Club for their assistance in making the 106th Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Kentucky Amateur a fantastic one. The hard work and hours put in by their staff and member volunteers was evident and is greatly appreciated. The KGA also thanks each competitor who played this week and for their role in making this tournament such a success. The 107th Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Kentucky Amateur will take place at Audubon Country Club in Louisville on June 15-17, 2021.