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Barbasol Championship begins this week at Keene Trace

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By Dennis George, Landmark News Service

 

It is not the Ryder Cup.

It is not the PGA Tour.

Heck, it is not even the Senior PGA.

Here’s hoping, though, Kentucky golf fans will show interest and support next week’s Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace.

History shows they will as they flocked to Lexington when the city was a regular stop on the Senior PGA Tour, first at Griffin Gate Marriott and later Kearney Hills.

Even with the Open Championship being contested at Carnoustie, there will be a strong field in Lexington for the Barbasol Championship.

While it may not be a major tournament, it will be a much more relaxed atmosphere and area golf fans will get to see at least five former major winners tee it up.

They include:

• Davis Love, the 1997 PGA champion and captain of the American team that captured the 2016 Ryder Cup. His son Dru is also playing in the tournament.

• Retief Goosen, winner of the 2001 and 2004 U.S. Open.

• Angel Cabrera, winner of the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters (though we might not approve of that one since it was in a playoff against Kenny Perry).

• Y.E Yang, who refused to blink as he outdueled Tiger Woods down the stretch to win the 2009 PGA.

• Brittany Lincicome, the winner of the 2009 and 2015 ANA Inspiration on the LPGA Tour.

According to Jon Albaugh with bd Global Sports, ticket sales have been strong, but “the majority of tickets for golf events are sold the week of the tournament. Other factors like who is playing in the event and leading and weather impact it so much. If we have the right names and the weather is nice, we would easily have a ‘Keeneland crowd’ on our Saturday.”

There are some things you should know about next week.

If you are planning to attend several days of the tournament, the best value is the $100 week-long ticket. At that price, you can buy the ticket and share it with your friends who might go on a day when you cannot.

There is no on-site parking. Spectators can park for $10 at Keeneland and catch a ride on the shuttle. Of course, you can save $10 and have someone drop you off at Keeneland and catch the shuttle for free.

Feel free to take your camera to the Tuesday and Wednesday practice rounds, but you’ll have to leave them at home during the actual tournament. If you use your cell phone to take pictures, you cannot use the audio or video portion during the practice round or at any time during the week.

For those of you who feel the need to call someone during the tournament, find a “cell phone zone” and don’t risk being tapped on the shoulder by a security guard and later escorted out for violating the rule. Otherwise, keep your device on silent when watching the action.

There will also be autograph zones set up for those wanting a cap or a flag or any other item signed.

It’s not too late to sign up as a volunteer.

“There is a $75 fee (which is standard across golf events at this level) and that includes a Nike polo, Nike hat, parking pass, four tickets and a round of golf at Keene Trace,” Albaugh said. “It is a great opportunity to see the action up close and personal and receive great value on the package. We ask all volunteers to work three shifts (4-6 hours per shift) but the rest of the time they get to enjoy the tournament on us.”

For information, go to barbasolchampionshipky.com.

I have two other requests for my readers.

Let me know (dmg11854@gmail.com) if you are going to volunteer. I may try to get some pictures during the practice round and perhaps do a short feature.

Last, but surely not least.

People around the country sometimes perceive Kentuckians as being somewhat backwards.

Please.

Don’t.

Do not.

Under any circumstances, yell “Get in the hole” so loud that is comes across the telecast.