Golf Notebook: Current Wildcats Ready for 2009 Kentucky Open

Aug. 10, 2009

ALVATON, Ky. -- Seven current Wildcat golfers, including all four seniors, are set to tee off at the 2009 Powerbilt Kentucky Open held at the The Club at Olde Stone in Alvaton, Ky., on Tuesday.

On Monday, all 144 golfers, including Kentucky seniors Jordan Blann, Ben Fuqua, Derek Oldham and Alex Volpenhein, sophomore Chase Carpenter, freshman Joseph Barr and incoming freshman Cody Martin, are to report for their official practice round of the tournament.

The 54-hole tournament will decide who will claim the Jack Ryan Trophy, which most famous past recipients includes three Kentucky greats in Gay Brewer Jr., Steve Flesch and J.B. Holmes. After the first 36 holes of the tournament, the top 70 low scores will advance to the championship round of 18 holes to decide the tournament winner.

Volpenhein and Carpenter will be the first UK golfers to tee off in the tournament, with Volpenhein starting his first round at 8:40 a.m. and Carpenter teeing off at 8:50 a.m. Fuqua, who will be the Wildcats top returning player on the 2009-10 roster, will tee off at 9:20 a.m. All three will start their first rounds on the back nine on the 10th hole.

Blann, Barr, Martin and Oldham each tee off in the afternoon to start their Open tournament with Oldham starting the action with a 12:20 p.m. tee time. Blann, who won the Kentucky-Am earlier this summer, and Barr will be the next on the tee, with a scheduled tee time of 1 p.m. for Blann and 1:10 p.m. for Barr. Martin, who recently finished second in the Kentucky Junior Amateur, will be the last Kentucky player of the tournament to tee off with a time of 1:40 p.m.

Oldham will start his first round on the back nine, while Blann, Barr and Martin will tee off on the par-4 first hole. Start times and starting location are in reverse order for the second round. Players who started early in the morning Tuesday will tee off later in the afternoon Wednesday and vice versa. 

For complete and up-to-date information on how the Kentucky golfers perform in the Kentucky Open stay tuned to UKathletics.com.

Seth Blann Drains Birdie Putt to win 2009 Western Kentucky Open

Sinking a key birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole, Kentucky golf freshman Seth Blann claimed a one-shot victory and clinched the 2009 Western Kentucky Open on Aug. 1, at Drake Creek Golf Club in Ledbetter, Ky.  

Blann, a native of Bowling Green, Ky., shot a 138 6-under-par for the tournament, 3-under-par 69 both days, to claim the tournament title. Blann’s 69 on day one of the tournament was the second lowest round of the tournament for amateurs.

Blann will be a freshman on the UK golf team this year after redshirting last season. Blann is one of five freshmen on this year’s Kentucky team, three newcomers and two redshirts, who are expected to bring depth to the Kentucky squad.