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UK Fans and Alumnus Advance in Q-School


It is no secret that athletes with Kentucky ties are doing big things professionally. Our basketball team has had 15 guys drafted into the NBA in recent years and Randall Cobb and Stevie Johnson are experiencing great success in the National Football League.  Former UK golfer J.B. Holmes and UK fan Josh Teater have both secured their tour cards for the 2013 PGA Tour season.  Everyone knows about those things.


But I wanted to give you a glimpse at a few more guys with UK ties that are working their way up in the golf world. As you might have read last week, I spent the week in Lakeland, FL caddying in the first stage of PGA Tour Qualifying school. Three guys with UK ties (1 alum & 2 fans) made it through the first stage and there are a few more guys set to play in first stage this week.


The following guys made it through first stage and will find out where they play second stage on October 30th.



Brandon Brown: Brandon is a big UK fan. He grew up in Shelbyville and attended Northern Kentucky University for two years before transferring to Eastern Kentucky University. Brandon has had great success on the mini tours and was recently named 2012 NGA Tour Player of the Year. He had 2 starts on the Nationwide Web.Com Tour this season.

Last week, Brandon shot 69-66-66-67 for a 20-under total and tied for first.


Mark Blakefield:  Mark is a former UK golfer. He played at Kentucky from 2001-2005. He is from Maysville, KY. Mark has also enjoyed success on the NGA Tour with multiple victories in his career.  Fun fact: Mark’s caddy is a professional billiards player.

Last week, Mark shot 63-74-68-70 for a 13-under total and finished alone in 16th place.


Kent Bulle: Kent is a big UK fan as well. He grew up in Glasgow, KY and played golf for Middle Tennessee State University. He also played on the NGA Tour this past season. Despite having me as a caddy, Kent shot rounds of 66-69-67-72 for a 14-under total and a tie for 10th.


While Brown, Blakefield, and Bulle have all advanced, there are more UK guys set to play this week. Former UK golfers Andy Winings and Ben Fuqua are set to tee it up at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA Wednesday through Saturday.

Ben Fuqua

Andy Winings


Congratulations to Brandon, Mark, and Kent and to good luck this week to Andy and Ben. It’s like I’ve always said, “You can never have too many UK fans on the PGA Tour.” Let’s start turning the PGA Tour blue.




Article written by Aaron Flener

John, I was first team All-State. I can put the ball anywhere I want to. I'll make it rain out here.

9 Comments for UK Fans and Alumnus Advance in Q-School

  1. Earl
    5:48 pm October 22, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody else notice that Mark Blakefield looks just like cousin Eddie. Heehee !!

  2. Earl
    5:50 pm October 22, 2012 Permalink

    You serious Clark?

  3. BFrey
    6:17 pm October 22, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to the guys who made it through. All legit golfers who could be on tour very soon. Ben and Andy are the next in line.

  4. Tiger Tiger Woods Y'all
    6:23 pm October 22, 2012 Permalink

    That Blakefield feller looks to be 40 yrs old.

    Good luck, boys.

  5. markky
    7:46 pm October 22, 2012 Permalink

    Blakefield is DEAD ON TWIN TO RANDY QUAID-lol

  6. Pastor Ginge
    7:48 pm October 22, 2012 Permalink

    #2 – I might have just laughed out loud in grad class. Thanks.

  7. Pastor Ginge
    7:50 pm October 22, 2012 Permalink

    Eddie, Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?

  8. Shelby County
    8:26 pm October 22, 2012 Permalink

    Clark, have you ever tried to swim with the dolphins?

  9. Cat fan in Indiana
    10:22 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    I know Brandon Brown and he is one heck of a person. I wish him good luck in his golfing future. I hope he makes it big time! Couldn’t happen to a nicer person. (and he is a pretty decent bball player too)