Matt Epperson and Andy Roberts Take the Team Championship Title with a Stellar 128 (-14)
Epperson and Roberts take the Team Championship with a Stellar 128 (-14)
Goshen, KY (May 9, 2023) - The dynamic duo of Matt Epperson and Andy Roberts shined on their way to a 2 shot victory at Big Spring Country Club-Harmony Landing. The two shared the most spectacular golf games around en route to winning the Kentucky Team Championship, adding to their successful golf careers.
On a day where the format was four-ball and the Open Division played 36 holes, the powerful pair recorded rounds of 62 (-9) and 66 (-5) for a total score of 128(-14). That would end up being good enough for a two-shot margin of victory over the team of King/Haddix who won the scorecard playoff for second.
Epperson and Roberts held the lead for almost the entirety of the competition. Battling harsh conditions at the beginning of round one, this would not stop them from birdieing four of their first six holes to jump out in front and take the lead. This would be a pace that could not be matched. Their second round of the day featured a clean, bogey free card to secure the victory.
“We hit it well most of the day,” said Matt after the tournament. “We just got hot in the morning round and made 9 birdies.” Although it was a tough turnaround to the second, this would not shake their groove. “Rhythm wise it was kind of tough for us at our age to have lunch break and get back to a hot second round.”
“Matt played so well in round 1,” Roberts remarked. “We had some opportunities to really stretch the lead, but in the end we played good enough golf to close it out.”
Although Epperson and Roberts stole the show with the best gross score in the Open Division, King/Haddix took the net title in the Open Division. They tailed a total score of 129 (-13) in that department which won by one shot over Rhodes/Boland.
While everyone in the Open Division completed 36 holes, there were also senior competitions taking place that featured just 18 holes to play. Eric Hartmann and Chris Duncan won the Senior Division’s gross trophies with a round of 69 (-2) by a margin of three strokes.
The Masters division featured a tight race to the finish with Scott Pottinger and Gary Backland carding a 70 (-1) for a one shot victory.
The Legends Division finished in a landslide victory for Jim Orr and Elmo Greer. The duo prompted a 66 (-5), an eight shot victory. This would be the largest margin of victory of the day.
NOTES & STATS
- Factoring scores in all divisions, the easiest hole of the day was the par-5 9th with a stroke-to-par of -0.84. Thirtyeight birdies and 7 eagles were tallied, the most of any hole.
- The hardest hole was the par-four 5th with a scoring average of +0.43. The most bogeys were scored on the fifth totaling twentysix including one double bogey.
- The scoring average for the day was slightly under par averaging -0.90.
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The Kentucky Golf Association extends its thanks to Rus Johnson, General Manager and Andy Pole, PGA Head Golf Professional plus the entire staff at Big Spring Country Club-Harmony Landing campus for their assistance in conducting today’s event. Additionally, the KGA lends its appreciation to each player who competed in today’s event.
About the Kentucky Golf Association:
The Kentucky Golf Association (KGA) is one of the three organizations encompassed under Golf House Kentucky, in addition to the Kentucky Golf Foundation (KGF) and Kentucky PGA Section (KPGA). The Kentucky Golf Association represents the amateur body of Kentucky’s golfers working in assistance with the United States Golf Association (USGA). The KGA provides a wide range of services, including handicapping, USGA course and slope ratings, and tournament management software to its Member Clubs. The KGA also operates the state’s premier amateur tournaments along with USGA National Championship qualifiers. Alongside the KGF and KPGA, the KGA strives to promote the benefits and enjoyment of golf while continuing to grow the sport across the Commonwealth.