Five Teams Tied Atop Leaderboard at Pro-Pro Series Championship presented by Golf Pro Payments
Jammed leaderboards usher in halfway point of final KPGA tournament of 2022.
NICHOLASVILLE, KY (October 31, 2022) – The beginning of the end for the Kentucky PGA’s tournament season launched on Monday morning from Keene Trace Golf Club – Champions Trace with the Pro-Pro Series Championship presented by Golf Pro Payments. And on each of the tournament’s leaderboards, congested standings are found heading into Tuesday’s final round at Keene Run.
The namesake Pro-Pro competition features a five-way tie at the top featuring Brad Maynard, PGA/Daniel Iceman III, PGA, Aaron McDowell, PGA/Chandler Morgan, Vincent Prather, PGA/Jeremy Martin, Myles Mahan, PGA/Jesse Massie, PGA, and Gabe Wheeler/Sean Miller. Each team shot 66 (-6) on Monday and three more teams trail them by a stroke. In total, nineteen of twenty-six teams recorded a score in red numbers and sit within five shots of the lead.
Chandler Morgan is the solo leader on the low professional leaderboard in what is just his just fourth Section event. The Associate Professional out of Lakeside Golf Course shot 69 (-3) with five birdies. Jesse Massie, PGA trails him by a stroke in what was a very significant day for the Director of Instruction from Woodhaven Country Club. Massie is one of three players in the tournament who has a chance to win the ROLEX Larry Gilbert Player of the Year title, and with it, a return trip to Keene Trace next summer to compete in the Barbasol Championship. The other players vying for that honor are Andrew Stephens, PGA (T4 after round one) and Mitchell Moore, PGA (T21). If the tournament ended at this point, Massie would win the Player of the Year title.
Bruce Oldendick, PGA has already clinched the ROLEX Senior Player of the Year title and looking to add to his margin of victory as he tops the low senior professional standings through one round. He leads with 71 (-1) by two strokes over Greg Basham, PGA and Kelly Maxwell, PGA. Vince Prather, PGA and Kirk Schooley, PGA are tied for fourth and three shots back.
NOTES & STATS (Halloween-themed)
- Tricks were aplenty on the par-four 18th as the intimidating finishing hole with water flanking the entire right side made its presence felt. Its stroke-to-par average was +0.57, making it the hardest hole of the day.
- Treats greeted combatants on the par-five 15th in what was the only hole to average an under-par score. -0.27 was the mark with twenty-three players recording a birdie, the most of any hole.
- Very little separated the front nine and back nine in terms of difficulty. From the perspective of houses giving away candy, the front nine was more generous as it averaged 38.47 (+2.47) compared to 38.77 (+2.77) on the inward half.
- The course average was 77.24 (+5.24). Players who bettered that mark left Champions Trace with baskets full of chocolate while those who were on the wrong side discovered rocks in their collection.
Tuesday’s final round will be held at Keene Trace Golf Club – Keene Run. As was the case on Monday, play will begin with a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. EDT.
About the Kentucky PGA:
The Kentucky PGA Section (KPGA) is one of forty-one Sections across the country representing the PGA of America and its Members. It is also one of three organizations encompassed within Golf House Kentucky, which also includes the Kentucky Golf Association (KGA) and Kentucky Golf Foundation (KGF). The KPGA contains more than 275 Members and more than 30 Associates working in various roles across Kentucky; all of whom share the goal of bettering the game and its players. The KPGA and its Members assist with the organization of many chief growth-of-the-game initiatives including PGA HOPE and PGA Jr. League among others. The Section also operates more than thirty tournaments throughout the golf season, including the three State Open championships and qualifiers for the Barbasol Championship.
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