Golf House's 2019 in Review: May
Early May provided us all with the reminder that rules controversies can in fact happen in other sports besides golf! Thanks to the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, a sport’s rulebook other than golf’s came into public focus for one of the few times in worldwide sports this year.
Golf in Kentucky continued to roll on after Derby Weekend with May 6th providing the rare double-dip when KGA and KPGA events fall on the same day. An Amateur Series event at Wildwood Country Club became a winning one for Nick Johnston, Angi Patel, Christopher Chee, Brian James, Gary Backlund, Ricky Bourne, Ken Roederer, and Bruce Walters. Once again, Kentucky amateurs showed out for the Amateur Series as 114 players teed it up.
A little north of Wildwood, The Standard Club hosted the first individual competition for the KPGA’s season. Jesse Massie topped Daniel Iceman III in a playoff to win the Mobile Pro Shop Stableford Classic after both players recorded impressive totals of 46 in the format built for excitement.
2019’s state championships began on May 7th with the Kentucky Team Championship at Big Spring CC Inc. – Harmony Landing Campus. Mike Brumfield and John Marshall Butler teamed up to run away with the title in Prospect. The duo won by five shots after shooting 127 (-15) in this thirty-six-hole event.
One of the coldest events of the season took place on May 13th at Big Spring Country Club. The Pro-Am Championship brought many professionals and amateurs across the state together to team up at the home of the 1952 PGA Championship. In what would become a common theme throughout the season, Grover Justice finished up top alongside his teammates Evan Davis, Kevin Lawson and Jon Kosier.
Boone’s Trace National Golf Club hosted its first of several Golf House events throughout the year on May 20th with another installment in the Amateur Series. Brett Metzger, Tony Wise, Christopher Chee, Jim Thompson, Gary Backlund, John Hamilton, Joe Pavoni, and Gary Minch were this edition’s champions.
May was capped off with the Callaway Pro-Assistant/Pro-Pro at Audubon Country Club. Brad Bachand and Glenn Garnett were victorious in the Pro-Assistant Division while the brotherly combination of Blake Watts and Logan Watts took the Pro-Pro Division. The Watts’ victory marked another playoff on the KPGA slate as they took down Jesse Massie and Andrew Stephens on the first hole of sudden-death.