Bruce Oldendick Holds Lead Halfway Thru KY Senior Open
After eighteen holes in the 20th Kentucky Senior Open, Bruce Oldendick of Florence leads at the halfway point following a round of 68 (-4). Houston Oaks Golf Course in Paris serves as this year’s host venue and greeted players with perfect scoring conditions in the opening round. Temperatures peaked in the mid-80s with cloudy skies and light breezes which allowed players the chance to go low. Oldendick took advantage by recording only one bogey in his round while making five birdies. His next closest competitors are amateur Lance Lucas of Union and Greg Meadors of Lexington. Lucas trails by one after a round of 69 (-3) while Meadors is two behind following an opening score of 70 (-2). The three of them will be in the final group for Tuesday’s final round, teeing off the first hole at 10:40 a.m. EDT.
“I think I missed two greens and one fairway today,” Oldendick said after his round. “I just played well. I putted all right today with 29 putts, but I need to make some more tomorrow if I want to win. It’s a big event so I’m excited to be in this position. It should be a fun final day; tough golf course with some tricky greens so tomorrow is going to be a challenge.”
The Super-Senior Division, which is composed of players 60 years of age or older, is led by amateur Gary Backlund of Mount Sterling. A 71 (-1) propels him into the final day with a one-stroke lead over another amateur in Louisville’s Vernon Denham. Three players sit two behind Backlund after rounds of 73 (+1), being amateurs Mike Smith and Terry Bowman, as well as Carmello Benassi.
ROUND ONE NOTES:
- The hardest hole to begin the competition was the par-three 2nd. At an average of +0.70, only three players in the field made birdie while thirteen players made double bogey or worse.
- The par-five 5th is the easiest hole so far. At -0.06, many players were hitting their second shots on or near the putting surface which yielded an eagle and seventeen birdies.
- Due to possible storms affecting the Paris area on Tuesday, second round tee times will go off both the first and tenth tees beginning at 8:30 a.m. EDT in attempt to finish this year’s competition at the scheduled time.
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