Live sports returned to Kentucky this week with an Unbridled Tour tournament at Boone’s Trace National Golf Club in Richmond. The event drew professional and amateur golfers from around the area and beyond for a 54-hole tournament with a very generous purse for a small field. For the golfers, it was a huge opportunity to get back out in competitive golf and earn a paycheck.
Lexington-based BD Global Sports hosted the socially-distanced event with very specific rules and regulations to keep the competitors safe. For example, golfers sat in their cars until a designated time to begin warming up to prevent overcrowding the range and putting greens. Sanitizer was provided, locker rooms closed and other restrictions were in place to keep things in accordance with public health mandates.
As for how it all went down, former University of Kentucky star Chip McDaniel led the way in all three rounds with a 64-66-67 to earn the tournament’s trophy and $10,000 cash prize. The Clay County native won by two strokes with his 19-under par, while McDaniel’s old teammate, current University of Kentucky senior Jacob Cook, was the low amateur with a 12-under, fifth-place finish.
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Other scores and things of note:
— Former Open Championship cut-maker and two-time Argentine Open champion Kent Bulle fired a 12-under-par to finish in a tie for fifth with former UK golfer Cooper Musselman and Cook, the low amateur. I fake caddied a couple of holes for Bulle and I think we would’ve won the whole damn thing if he had acquired my fake services earlier in the tournament. It’s a big point of contention right now.
— Canon Claycomb, a Bowling Green native and now a University of Alabama golfer, shot 11-under par. Remember that name. He was on the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup team and is currently ranked among the best amateurs in the world.
— Danville native JB Williams almost holed out on 17 in the final round before turning in his 3-under-par for the tournament. He grew up down the street from KSR’s own Mrs. Tyler Thompson, so greatness must be in the water there.
— It was the first post-COVID sporting event in Kentucky. You can read the full scoreboard here.