Great Scott! Porter Captures Kentucky Senior Open
SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (June 29, 2021) - Nothing seemed to stop Scott Porter during the final round of the 22nd Kentucky Senior Open for a sweet victory. After an incredible round of 66 (-6) at Heritage Hill Golf Club on Tuesday, Porter took home the Kentucky Senior Open for the first time. Porter had an overall two-day total of 133 (-11), which sealed the deal for his title. Porter finished with a three-shot victory over Tom Campbell and Jeff Lyons after trailing by one stroke going into the final day.
Entering today’s play, Porter was tied for second place with Campbell. Things quickly swung in Porter’s favor when he made five birdies and an eagle during holes 4-12. Porter made only one bogey throughout the round which came on the 17th, but his cushion was so large that it did nothing of consequence in his run to the title. His score of 66 matches the low round of the tournament and ushers in a rewarding victory for the Lexington professional.
“I have been playing in Kentucky Opens since I was in my early twenties and I have finished runner-up maybe four times in the regular Open,” Porter recalled. “I never thought the first Open I would win would be the Senior Open. It just means a lot to win one. This was one of the scrappiest rounds I have ever played. I stopped playing my driver halfway through the back nine but was putting the ball great to make up for it. To get the job done feels outstanding.”
In the Super Senior Division, Dennis Long also shot 66 (-6) which led to a two-day total of 136 (-8) and a victory there. It ended up being a six-stroke margin over Brian James and Mike Smith; an impressive feat after starting Tuesday’s play trailing by a stroke.
NOTES & STATS
- The par-five 10th was the easiest hole for the second-straight round. It was even easier in the final round compared to Monday, finishing with a stroke-to-par average of -0.42.
- Porter made eagle on this hole during both rounds of the competition.
- The par-three 7th played as the hardest hole on the course today at +0.46.
- Once again, there was little discrepancy in difficulty between the back nine versus the front nine. The back did play 0.81 shots easier than the front did in the final round.
- Today’s scoring average was 74.91, bettering yesterday’s average by exactly half a stroke.
The Kentucky PGA Section extends its thanks to Nick Sweeney, PGA Head Golf Professional and his team at Heritage Hill for their assistance in making for another fantastic Kentucky Senior Open.
Next up on the Kentucky PGA’s schedule is the Pro-Lady presented by Mobile Pro Shop, which takes place next Tuesday, July 6 from Greenbrier Golf & Country Club in Lexington. For amateur golfers, the Kentucky Golf Association has two upcoming Am Series tournaments that are open for registration. Western Kentucky Am Series #3 takes place at Calvert City Country Club on Sunday, July 11 while KGA Am Series #4 will be hosted by Winchester Country Club on Monday, July 12.