Recapping Day One of the Lou Perry Tour Championship
LEXINGTON, KY (October 17, 2020) – Classic autumn-like conditions were on display at the University Club of Kentucky’s Big Blue course on Saturday to start the Lou Perry Tour Championship. Once play was able to start because of a fog delay in the morning, the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour’s best embarked on the final individual competition of 2020 with some of the state’s best on top of the different leaderboards.
Jay Nimmo and Sean Mullarkey are in front in the Boys Championship Division after each player shot 70 (-2). That’s good enough for a three-stroke cushion on their nearest chaser Allan Lockwood who shot 73 (+1). Nimmo, fresh off his latest KHSAA State Championship as an individual, had his day highlighted by a hole-out eagle on the par-four 11th. Back-to-back birdies on the 6th and 7th holes were canceled out by bogeys on the 8th and 13th in what ended up being a very consistent day for the Benton resident. Mullarkey was able to make birdie on his final two holes, the 17th and 18th, to join Nimmo on top of the leaderboard. He also made birdie on the 3rd and 5th hole while only seeing bogey on the 2nd and 15th holes.
This time last year, Casey Powell was collecting a first-place prize just down the road when she won at Kearney Hill Golf Links in the Fall Classic. Now in the Lou Perry Tour Championship, Powell is still the player to beat after Saturday’s first round. She holds the lead in the Girls Championship Division by virtue of a round of 79 (+7). Despite some tough holes on the back nine that led to a 42 (+6) on the inward half of the golf course, a clean front nine that featured eight pars and one bogey is what did the trick for her to get in front. Elizabeth Eberle trails by a shot while Claira Beth Ramsey is two behind.
Joe Hamilton, who has had a banner year in the Boys 15-18 Division, continued his stellar 2020 with a round of 72 (E). He takes a six-stroke lead into the final round with Charlie Alley and Ryan Johnson tied for second.
Another even-par round was recorded by Jacob Settles. His round of 72 (E) has him on top of the Boys 14 & Under Division by two strokes over Parker McKelvey.
Athena Singh’s round of 77 (+5) got her to the top of the heap in the Girls 13-15 Division. That earned her a three-shot lead which she’ll take into Sunday with Cailyn Rogers hoping to catch her.
Carol Ann Mendenhall is up in the Girls 12 & Under Division after shooting 42 (+6). A tight leaderboard in this division will see CeCecilia Ray and Grace Wang trying to chase her down tomorrow.
Landon Hunt has a comfortable four-stroke lead in the Boys 11-12 Division via his 42 (+6) in round one. Tied for second are Luc Kelty and Seth Barker.
Andrew Perry and Eelan Bobrowski-Hall share the lead in the Boys 10 & Under Division with matching rounds of 39 (+3). Myles Williams is their nearest chaser who sits three shots back of them.
The Miller siblings hold the top two spots in the Girls 9 & Under Division with older sister Emlie leading her younger sister Kylie by four shots. Emlie Miller shot 36 (+12) in her six-hole round.
Rounding out the divisions, there is a tie atop the Boys 8 & Under Division with Cooper Brooks and Ryan Deckert. Each player shot 27 (+3) and are two up on Paxton Fuqua and Matthew White.