Good morning from the Barbasol Championship!
As KSR’s resident golf fan and pal of some of the golfers who will be competing in this year’s tournament, I promoted myself to Official Correspondent of the PGA TOUR in Kentucky for Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com. (Drew Franklin, OCPTK.)
Your OCPTK is at Keene Trace bright and early today for Round 1 action at the Barbasol and I am Level 10 excited about the TOUR being in Kentucky. But before I get out on the course to do my hard-hitting reporting stuff (and to sit at the Natty Shack), I’d like to share with you some brief notes from the tournament as it kicks off.
— First and foremost, this picture of Mark Stoops and John Daly from yesterday’s Pro-Am is incredible. Kash Daniel tweeted it with the caption, “Two (goats) in one pic.”
Two ?’s in one pic pic.twitter.com/efTOL3Ue9U
— Kash Daniel (@KashDaniel15) July 17, 2019
Stoops and Daly played nine holes together Wednesday morning.
— There are six Wildcats in the field. One is Clay County’s Chip McDaniel, who has been somewhat of a regular on TOUR since qualifying for the US Open. His former UK teammate, Cooper Musselman, is also in the field, along with former UK golfers Lukas Euler, Steve Flesch and Stephen Stallings. Current UK sophomore Cullan Brown is the sixth after receiving an amateur exemption last week. Go Cats.
— If you need another Kentuckian to root for, Josh Teater is back this year. A native of Lexington, Teater attended Morehead State, but he is the biggest UK fan on the planet. Keep an eye on him this weekend. He will have a huge gallery behind him.
— So you know, the PGA TOUR is adamant that we capitalize PGA TOUR. I don’t know why but I do what I am told. It seems dumb though.
— Aaron Flener, former KSR writer Aaron Flener, will pay tribute to Jared Lorenzen. He had the #22 embroidered on the side of the hats he will be wearing all weekend.
— Tom Lovelady’s 50-degree wedge pays homage to “Wedding Crashers.” He had his Titleist Vokey wedge stamped with the great line, “The painting was a gift, Todd.”
Lovelady has a Kentucky connection too. He played with Justin Thomas at Alabama and even lived with him after they turned pro.
— If you want to come on out here, and you should, tickets are still available. Click here to get yours now. It’s a very walkable course with a lot of good people volunteering their time to make it a great experience. Join in on the fun and let’s show the PGA Tour (I mean the PGA TOUR) that Kentucky can put on a great event.