Massie, Iceman and Oldendick Capture Kentucky PGA Match Play Titles
Massie, Iceman and Oldendick win Section Match Play Championships.
LEXINGTON, KY (September 28, 2022) – The 2022 Kentucky PGA Match Play Championships began with play in May and after a summer’s worth of matches across the state, the finish lines to the Member, Assistant and Senior Championships were reached on Wednesday at Lexington Country Club with three of the Section’s top players emerging victorious.
September has been good to Jesse Massie, PGA and it’s even better now after winning the Member competition. Two weeks ago, he won the Kentucky PGA Professional Championship for the first time in his career and now he has his first Member Match Play title to go alongside it. Massie beat Andrew Stephens, PGA, the 2021 Kentucky PGA Professional Championship winner, by a 4&2 margin to cap off an excellent month. Massie won the Assistants Match Play title in 2017 and 2019 which makes this victory his third Match Play title of any kind within the KPGA.
His play in this tournament will also have significant ramifications on the ROLEX Larry Gilbert Player of the Year points standings. On Tuesday afternoon, Massie defeated Mitchell Moore, PGA in the semifinals in what was also a 4&2 match. Going into that match, Moore led the points standings with Massie in second, trailing by 744.75 points. With Massie winning their semifinal matchup and taking the overall title afterwards, Moore’s margin will be trimmed to less than 70 points with only two tournaments left on the season’s schedule. The winner of that race following the Pro-Pro Series Championship presented by Golf Pro Payments will earn an exemption into the 2023 Barbasol Championship.
Like Massie, Daniel Iceman III, PGA successfully followed up a Section Championship victory earlier this month with a Match Play win on top of it. Iceman prevailed by a 3&2 margin over Brandon Sanner, PGA to win the Assistants Match Play Championship for the third consecutive year. This follows his win at the National Car Rental Kentucky Assistant PGA Professional Championship and will send Iceman to the top of the ROLEX Assistant Player of the Year standings. Should he maintain that lead during the final month of the season, it would be Iceman’s third Assistants Player of the Year title and another accolade to his stacked playing resume.
Speaking of player resumes, Bruce Oldendick, PGA’s is another bullet point longer after capturing the Senior Match Play Championship for the third time in four years. Oldendick encountered a rematch from the 2021 Senior title match with a meeting against Kirk Schooley, PGA, who beat Oldendick last year at Louisville Country Club. This time, the bragging rights went to Oldendick by virtue of a 4&3 win. It’s his seventh time winning on the KPGA circuit this season and all but assures him of what will be a third consecutive ROLEX Senior Player of the Year title.
The Kentucky PGA extends its thanks to Greg Griffith, PGA Head Golf Professional and the entire staff at Lexington Country Club for their assistance in staging the conclusions to the Match Play Championships.
Next up on the KPGA schedule is the Feeders Supply Pro-Am, a rare Thursday event on the calendar which will be on October 6 at Lake Forest Country Club. This is the final pro-am of the season and the penultimate Section tournament of the season. Registration is open and can be completed by clicking here before the registration deadline of 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, September 29.
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.
Ethan Fisher, PGA | Golf House Kentucky | firstname.lastname@example.org | (502) 792-9703