Landrum, Kelley, Gilbert, O'Neill And Haner Claim The 2023 Kentucky PGA HOPE Cup

Landrum, Kelley, Gilbert, O'Neill and Haner win the 2023 Kentucky PGA HOPE Cup.

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 12, 2023) – The Kentucky PGA HOPE Cup returned for its second year to Persimmon Ridge Golf Club with 13 teams hailing from Florence, Fort Knox, Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Paducah and Shelbyville. The group of Ralph Landrum, PGA, Christopher Kelley, Robert Gilbert, Bob O'Neill and Joe Haner claimed the Cup, and with that, a guaranteed spot in the 2024 Secretary's Cup.

The teams competed in a scramble format, with some caveats with the shots from the professionals - only three total tee shots from the pro could be used, as well as only one of their shots per hole. This format proved successful for many groups, with a total of four teams coming in with scores of 6-under 30. A scorecard playoff was needed to determine the winning team, with the Landrum-lead group pulling ahead with a six-hole total of 20. 

The appearance in the PGA HOPE Secretary’s Cup will be the fourth straight year Kentucky has participated in the nationwide showcase of PGA HOPE, but the first time the Commonwealth will host it. The national event will be played the Monday before the start of the PGA Championship at the University of Louisville Golf Club. The winning team from this Kentucky event will compete alongside HOPE teams from across the country for the Secretary's Cup.

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The Kentucky PGA extends its thanks to Director of Golf Steve Shafer, PGA, Assistant Golf Professional Brad Maynard, PGA, and the entire staff at Persimmon Ridge 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 October 11th as the National Day of HOPE campaign opens. This fundraiser will be open through November 30th 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 that 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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