Jeff Lyons Shoots 66 to Lead Kentucky Senior Open

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (June 28, 2021) – The first round of the 22nd Kentucky Senior Open had incredible scores and still has many players in contention for the title. With tough conditions on a day that featured a 96-degree heat index, Jeff Lyons is in the lead with a round of 66 (-6). Lyons started off strong with an eagle and two birdies on his first nine. He followed that with a consistent back nine that consisted of two birdies and seven pars.

While Lyons is alone at the top, there are plenty of opportunitstic players lurking behind eyeing a come-from-behind win. Both Tom Campbell and Scott Porter will join Lyons in tomorrow’s final group as they are only one stroke behind at 67 (-5). Several other strong players are also near the lead, including Paxton Song after shooting 69 (-3), plus Jon Stanley, Rodney Chancey and Steve Cox who each recorded 70 (-2). 

There is a Super Senior Division for players aged 60 years or older that is taking place this week as well. Mike Smith assumes the lead there after posting a 69 (-3) in the first round of the tournament. Jim Caudill and Dennis Long sit only one stroke back of Smith after both players shot 70 (-2) on Monday.


  • There were ten eagles made across the golf course today. Lyons, Campbell, Porter, and Song all made at least one eagle throughout their round.
  • The par-five 10th hole was the easiest hole to play on Monday with five eagles and thirty-four birdies on the day. Its stroke-to-par average was -0.35.
  • The par-four 6th hole played as the hardest hole on the course at a rate of +0.42. Ten double bogeys or worse were made there today.
  • Monday’s scoring average was 75.41. Both nines played virtually the same in terms of difficulty, but the back nine did register an average score that was 0.13 strokes easier than the front.

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