Father-Daugher Schmitt Duo Wins Taylormade Bill Long Mega Pro-Am
LOUISVILLE, KY (June 22, 2020) – Fittingly on the day after Father’s Day, a father-daughter team prevailed in the Taylormade Bill Long Mega Pro-Am presented by Jet’s Pizza. Richard Schmitt and his daughter Alaina Schmitt emerged on top at Wildwood Country Club on Monday following a round of 63 (-9). The Schmitts edged out multiple teams who finished in a tie for second after they all recorded rounds of 64 (-8). Those coming in that second-place tie were Grover Justice/Brian Ebel, Josh Griffin/Angi Patel, Nick Johnston/Jeff Kelso, and Blake Watts/Dan DeMuth. Scores were calculated based off the low ball on each hole in which professionals utilized gross scores and amateurs utilized net scores.
In the individual competition for low professional, Grover Justice, Tom Walters and Blake Watts split a three-way share of the title. Each player shot 69 (-3) to reach that mark. While Justice and Watts had each posted their rounds in the morning, Walters played in the afternoon and was bogey-free through 17 holes leading by a stroke needing one more par to win on Wildwood’s par-three 18th, but his lone bogey of the day dropped him out of the solo lead and into a tie with his counterparts. Josh Griffin and Nick Johnston finished one stroke off their pace with rounds of 70 (-2).
NOTES & STATS
- Wildwood’s 16th hole was the hardest hole of the competition playing at an average score-to-par of +0.66. Only two of the eighty-four competitors made birdie here.
- Players were generally able to bounce back on the next hole where the par-five 17th was the easiest hole of the competition at +0.01. Two eagles and twenty-one birdies made it a reprieve amongst Wildwood’s difficult finish.
- That difficult finishing stretch, holes 14-18, featured not only the hardest hole of the course in the 16th, but also the second hardest (14) and the third hardest (18).
- The host staff at Wildwood certainly demonstrated their home course knowledge on Monday. Watts, Griffin and Johnston’s top-five finishes along with a tie for eighteenth from Kyle Sheffer gave the club’s roster a terrific lineup of results.
The Kentucky PGA Section would like to thank each participant for competing in today’s tournament and abiding by the modified protocols in place because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, the Section thanks Wildwood Country Club for hosting the tournament along with Taylormade and Jet’s Pizza for supporting the event. Click here for full results.
Next Monday, the Section will be at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club for the 2x2 Pro-Am presented by Sun Mountain. Registration will close tonight at midnight eastern time. Players who attempt to register with the field list at its maximum capacity can sign up to be placed on a wait-list. Click here for more information.