by Brent Wilson
Monday morning, June, 25, dawned bright and sunny as KTFMC officers and volunteers descended upon the University Club of Kentucky to prepare for the 2012 edition of the KTFMC golf scramble. By the time the nearly 200 competitors arrived at the course, our generous advertisers’ signs lined the beautiful driveway bisecting the Big Blue Course from Leestown Road all the way to the clubhouse. Plenty of beverages were iced down, lunches were set to be served, goody bags filled, registration tables staffed, and of course the two courses were set up for a fun, competitive afternoon. Also on hand at the registration pavilion were several pieces of equipment representing several fine dealers and manufacturers.
There was a light hearted sense of fun and camaraderie in the air as participants arrived on the grounds in preparation for the day’s events. Many were overheard saying that it was their first day out on the links following the recent end of breeding season. This was blatantly obvious on the driving range where competitors warmed up as shots were being hit in every direction. Although there was a consensus among the perpetrators that it was most likely due to equipment malfunction.
At roughly noon the competitors were assembled on the golf carts enjoying box lunches courtesy of the University Club and the NTRA. Taking advantage of the somewhat captive audience the University Club’s staff and event co-chair Brent Wilson outlined the rules for the day, wished everyone luck, and sent the golfers off to their respective holes for the shotgun start.
Golf of all sorts was on display on both courses, but the one common theme in every foursome was how much fun everyone was having. One thing I’m sure of is that nobody worked harder than our volunteers manning the drink carts!
Among those playing the best golf on the Wildcat course were the teams from Meriel, Audi, and KEMI. Meriel’s team finished first with a fourteen under par 57, Audi was second with a 58, and KEMI filled in the show position with a 59.
The Big Blue course’s first three finishers were Stand Lee Hay, PBI Bank, and Winstar Farm. Stand Lee Hay posted a seventeen under par 55. PBI and Winstar were two and three shots back respectively.
After golf the competitors and volunteers were treated to a fantastic barbeque dinner courtesy of McCauley Bros. and Famous Dave’s Barbeque. As the meal was enjoyed the winners were announced and a plethora of prizes were handed out.
After the meal the winning team from each course squared off in a one hole alternate shot playoff to determine the overall champion. As the two teams made their way to the tee box of the 18th hole on Big Blue the rest of the golfers lined the fairway to watch the drama unfold. There were several side bets made amongst the gallery to make the competition even more interesting.
There was no shortage of drama however as both teams made par on the playoff hole. The decision was made to play the hole from 125 yards out while continuing the alternate shot style of play. After yet another tie both teams returned to the tee box to play the entire hole again. Both teams had chances to win with a birdie but the putts lipped out. At this point the pressure in the air was palpable and there was a record handle amongst the gamblers in the gallery!
In order to beat the coming darkness it was decided that the final tie breaker was one shot for each team from a greenside bunker with the closest ball to the hole being the winner. After the sand settled both balls appeared to be an equal distance from the hole, a tape measure was produced and Stand Lee Hay was crowned the overall champion winning by a distance of less than an inch.
The officers and the board of directors of the KTFMC would like to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers. This event would not be possible without their tireless work and support. The proceeds raised by the scramble will benefit two very worthy causes in the Kentucky Equine Management Internship and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
To view more pictures from this event go to our Event Photos page.