Host Professional Andy Pole Leads Team to Pro-Senior Victory in First KPGA Start
GOSHEN, KY (May 3, 2021) – In his first Kentucky PGA Section tournament, and as the Host Professional no less, Andy Pole had a perfect start to his tournament career in the Commonwealth. He, John Morrison, Pat Yates, and Dan Okruhlica were the winning team at Big Spring Country Club – Harmony Landing Course in a format where teams took the best gross score and best net score each hole to formulate a score, with 80% of the amateurs’ handicaps weighing into that amount. The winning foursome had only five holes that were not under par on the day, with one net eagle and a combined twenty net birdies throughout the round securing them a two-shot victory.
Low professional honors were split between Carson Stone and Andrew Stephens. Each shot rounds of 69 (-2) by making five birdies to go alongside three bogeys on the day. Logan Watts finished in third place, one stroke behind Stone and Stephens.
There was also a tie for the low senior professional title, with arguably the Section’s top two players over the age of 50 each shooting 72 (+1). Steve Cox and Bruce Oldendick both did so, setting the stage for what should be a competitive race for the Section’s ROLEX Senior Player of the Year throughout 2021.
NOTES & STATS
- Kyle Sheffer had the longest hole-out of the day thanks to an eagle for him from about 175 yards on the par-four 7th. It’s the second straight instance a KPGA Professional has holed out for eagle in a Section event, following up David Huffman doing so at Country Club of Paducah’s 15th hole during Golf House Kentucky Classic #1.
- Counting gross scores, the hardest hole in the tournament was the uphill par-four 15th. It played to a stroke-to-par average of +0.82.
- The easiest hole was another uphill voyage, the par-five 9th, which came in at +0.28.
The Kentucky PGA extends its thanks to the victorious Andy Pole, PGA Head Golf Professional at Big Spring Country Club – Harmony Landing Course and his staff for hosting today’s competition and helping stage a successful tournament. The Section will be at Owl Creek Country Club next Monday for the Pro-Pro Challenge supported by Evolve Golf. Registration for the tournament is full as the max capacity has been reached. Registration is open for the Pro-Am Championship on May 17 and signing up sooner than later is encouraged, as that tournament field is also filling up quickly.