Andrew Stephens Picks Up Latest Victory at GHK Classic #3
HEBRON, KY (September 7, 2021) - Andrew Stephens’ dominant run of play continued on Tuesday at Golf House Kentucky Classic #3 from Traditions Golf Club. An already prolific season for the Northern Kentucky resident got even better with his latest first-place finish; this one coming just minutes from his stomping grounds in Union.
A round of 67 (-5) that was bogey-free registered as the best score of the day overall by two shots over Andrew Buse, who was the event’s low amateur. For Stephens, his victory today will move him up to first place in the KPGA’s ROLEX Larry Gilbert Player of the Year standings. Mitchell Moore, who started the day leading that race, shot 70 (-2) which was the second best score among professionals. They will trade positions in the points standings, putting Stephens in the driver’s seat heading down the stretch in what would be a second consecutive Player of the Year title for him.
The sub-70 performance out of Buse featured four birdies and one eagle, earning him a two-shot margin of victory over Matt Bowlin in the amateur competition. That victory will give him a nice bump in the KGA’s Player of the Year races, which are also drawing near a close.
Tony Wise won the Senior Amateur Division, which like Stephens, represents another shining moment in a stellar campaign for him. Less than a month removed from winning the Kentucky Senior Amateur, Wise shot 70 (-2) on Tuesday for a three-shot win over Donald Kohler in this competition.
Bruce Oldendick is another player enjoying a decorated season who found more success at Traditions. A round of 75 (+3) won the Senior Professional Division by four shots over Steve Cox, inching Oldendick another step closer to what will likely be his third ROLEX Senior Player of the Year honor in four years.
NOTES & STATS
- Two eagles were made over the course of the day as the par-fives on the back, 12 and 16, each surrendered one apiece. Buse’s eagle on the 12th was the first while Kohler got the big bird on the 16th.
- The par-four 3rd was the event’s hardest hole, coming in with a stroke-to-par average of +0.69. It and the hole prior to it, the 2nd, were the only holes that did not yield a birdie.
- The par-five 6th played as the easiest hole at -0.09. It and the other par-five on the outward nine, the 4th, tied for most birdies of any hole with ten each.
Golf House Kentucky expresses its thanks towards Bryan Harp, PGA Head Golf Professional and his team at Traditions Golf Club for their hosting of the event. Additionally, the organization expresses its thanks towards each professional and amateur who competed in the tournament.
Both the KPGA and KGA will return to action on Monday, September 13 with the KPGA heading to Lexington for the Titleist | FootJoy Team Championship at Gay Brewer, Jr. Golf Course @ Picadome. That event has been reopened for registration and will close tonight at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The KGA will visit Hunting Creek Country Club on that same day for the Am Series Championship, the sixth and final event of its kind for the tournament season.