Martin/Graffam/Brown/Griffith/Brown Win Inaugural Kentucky PGA HOPE Cup
Martin, Graffam, Brown, Griffith, and another Brown win inaugural Kentucky PGA HOPE Cup.
LOUISVILLE, KY (October 10, 2022) – The inaugural edition of the Kentucky PGA HOPE Cup was a great success for all involved, but especially so for Chad Martin, PGA, Curtis Graffam, Daniel Brown, Dwight Griffith, and Evan Brown. That fivesome won the debut edition of the tournament at Valhalla Golf Club and will now have the honor of representing Kentucky and the PGA HOPE Kentucky program next spring during the 2023 PGA Championship at the PGA HOPE Secretary’s Cup.
Valhalla, which will host the 2024 PGA Championship, played host to nine teams composed of Kentucky PGA Members and PGA HOPE Kentucky Veterans. The teams played the front nine of the Jack Nicklaus design in a shamble format with the winning fivesome earning the victory by three strokes. Three birdies in the first four holes paved the way for Martin/Graffam/Brown/Griffith/Brown to get the victory with a total score of 31 (-5). The team of Jeff Ketterman, PGA, Randall Finch, Brandon Nelson, Bob Seaman, and James Whitmore finished as the runners-up.
The appearance in the PGA HOPE Secretary’s Cup will be the first time each player has competed in that event. It will be the third straight year Kentucky has participated in the nationwide showcase of PGA HOPE with this occurrence coming in Rochester, New York. Kentucky previously competed in the 2022 edition outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma and in a modified remote playing of the event in 2021 which was also hosted by Valhalla Golf Club.
The Kentucky PGA extends its thanks to Keith Reese, PGA General Manager, Kyle Cramer, PGA Head Golf Professional and the entire staff at Valhalla Golf Club for their assistance in staging this tournament. Additionally, the KPGA lends its appreciation to each person who competed in the event and to the Veterans for their sacrifices to the United States of America.
One of the premier opportunities to support PGA HOPE will begin on Tuesday, October 11 as the National Day of HOPE campaign opens. This fundraiser will be open through November 11 and all funds will directly go towards efforts that will ensure the program remains completely free for current and future Veterans.
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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