Golf House's 2019 in Review: October-December
October marked the final month of competitive golf in Kentucky for this decade. The 2010s went out on a good note as a quality group of tournaments took place on all levels.
Golfers were greeted by puppies at Lake Forest Country Club on October 3 in the Feeders Supply Pro-Am, the final Pro-Am competition of the year. Lake Forest’s very own John Bachman guided his team composed of Samantha Robey, Bonnie Robey and Pam Longwell to the winner’s circle on what was a record-setting day of heat in October for the Louisville area.
The following week was all about the high school golfers in Kentucky as the KHSAA State Championships took place in Bowling Green. Olivia Hensley of Boyd County High School came away with the Girls Individual title while Lexington Christian Academy continued a dominant season to win the Girls Team Championship. Later that week, Jay Nimmo won the Boys Individual title as Taylor County High School went on to win the team title.
The final KGA and KPGA events of the year took place at Lexington Country Club and Wildwood Country Club, respectively. The KGA Invitational brought golfers to the site of next year’s Kentucky Amateur for a glimpse at what the historic club will offer. Steven Brooks, Dylan Linke, Chris Hill, John Doster, Max Marley, Robert Underwood, Joe Cantrell, and Elmo Greer would all capture the various titles up for grabs. For the Professionals, the Pro-Pro Series Championship ended as many Section events ended; with Jesse Massie taking home the first-place prize. He and his partner Myles Mahan won this four-ball event by a stroke to cap off the tournament season.
In November, the top golfers across all levels of competition in Kentucky gathered at Big Spring Country Club for the 2019 Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame Inauguration. As the year’s top players were recognized, Kentucky golf’s most exclusive club opened its doors to Marsha Bordas, Jim Volpenhein and Moe Demling who will now live in immortality as three of Kentucky’s premier golfing figures.
The end of the year marks a period of change within Golf House Kentucky following Brent Paladino’s new role with the United States Golf Association. The move for him vacated the Executive Director role, but Kentucky’s Family of Golf Organizations are excited now to welcome Jeff Adkerson to the position. The PGA Master Professional in Golf Operations will begin on January 13, 2020 and signify a new era for the organization. As we roll into a new decade, golf in Kentucky is thriving more than it ever has with a surplus of opportunities for people to get involved with the sport. As we say farewell to 2019 and the decade of the 2010s, Golf House Kentucky looks forward to more great things to come under Adkerson’s leadership in 2020 and beyond.