July 1, 2013- The skies were dark and rainy as members of the KTFMC’s Board of Directors and generous volunteers arrived at the University Club of Kentucky to set up for the Club’s 21st Annual Golf Scramble. Unlike the past few years it appeared that weather might make an impact on this year’s event. A little rain wasn’t enough to slow down our team setting up the event in advance of the 224 golfers scheduled to compete.
As Mother Nature continued to water the Bluegrass, advertisers’ signs were placed along the long driveway of the University Club, the pavilion was prepared for registration, gift bags were stuffed full of goodies, drinks were iced down and both courses were set up for a fun and potentially prize-filled day of golf.
Thanks to many generous sponsors each course had three closest to the pin or hole-in-one contests for some fantastic prizes including a Ford Escape from Jack Kain Ford, an ExMark mower from Central Equipment and John Deere Gators courtesy of the NTRA. There was also a prize for the longest drive on each course courtesy of Whayne Supply.
As the competitors arrived at the course they were afforded the opportunity to peruse numerous pieces of equipment and vehicles which were there on display from many local vendors as they made their way to the pavilion to register and buy the all-important Mulligans.
After many colorful displays of ‘shot making’ on the driving range the golfers assembled at the golf carts where they enjoyed a box lunch as they heard a quick welcome and summary of the rules from the University Club staff. Then amid a steady rain, the golfers were turned loose on the Wildcat and Big Blue courses.
As the golfers began their rounds the rain stopped and the fun started. Volunteers manned the many refreshment carts and circled the courses providing soft drinks, water and snacks. The girls on the beer carts were adorned in Bullet Train t-shirts and hats because Stud Bullet Train generously sponsored the beer! A trip around the course would reveal golfing of many varying skill levels, but the one constant was the fun that everyone was having. In fact by the 15th or 16th holes the golf course was getting pretty loud!
As the golfers finished their rounds they retired to the pavilion where many volunteers had worked tirelessly all afternoon to set up for theAwards Banquet and a barbeque dinner which was sponsored by McCauley Bros. As the golfers enjoyed the food the prize winners were announced. Matt Lyons may have been the luckiest man on the day as he hit his first ever hole-in-one! For the second year in a row the team from StandLee Hay won the playoff and was crowned champions of the KTFMC’s 21st Annual Golf Scramble.
The Officers and 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 from this year’s event benefit two very worthy causes: the Kentucky Equine Management Internship and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.