Klinglesmith, Stewart place second in golf tourny

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By Ron Benningfield

Two LaRue County golfers each placed second in their respective classes in the Senior Women’s Kentucky Amateur Golf Tournament Sept. 11-12 at the Lafayette Golf Club course near Falls of Rough.

Pat Klinglesmith carded a gross score of 171, missing first place by only one stroke in the sophomore (ages 60-64) flight while Virginia Stewart, playing in the senior flight (ages 70-plus) netted a 156-stroke total in the 36-hole tourney for women ages 55 and over.

Klinglesmith also tied for sixth overall among over 60 competitors from throughout Kentucky.

“It was a lot of fun to play, especially in such beautiful weather,” Klinglesmith said.

The first day’s competition was especially fun for her as she stroked a seven-over-par 79 and had only 27 putts, recording one of only four rounds below 80.

“I was driving the ball straight and putted well,” she said, adding, “Virginia also played well.” Both ladies had the lowest number of putts for their respective flights the first day.

The two women play quite often on LaRue County’s golf course, which Klinglesmith said provided a good tune-up for the tourney.

“When we haven’t been able to get enough women together for a foursome on our golf course, the guys have been great about allowing us to join them on the course,” she said.

Finishing with a 92 second round total, she came in second in her flight to Joan Waldrop who stroked an 87-83-170.

Stewart, in net play in which handicap strokes are deducted from the gross total, shot 81-75-156 while flight champ Carolyn Niehoff finished 80-74-154.

“This is my fourth time to play in this tournament and I think it’s Pat’s third time,” said Stewart. “Last year the site was at Danville and earlier Somerset, so we get to play different courses and also meet women golfers from all over the state.”

Jessica Cornelius of Stanford won the tourney for the second year in a row with a 76-78-154. She defeated Sandra Hartman of Louisville by six strokes (83-77-160).

The two LaRue ladies next compete in the National Senior Games on Miller Memorial Golf Course at Murray the first week in October.

“Golf is like no other game you can play,” said Klinglesmith. “One day you play good and the next is totally different but you can’t blame anybody else but yourself for bad shots as it’s just you against the course.”