Kearney claims Laurel Oaks Classic

JARED MACDONALD
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The Chippeways at Maysville Country Club saw a repeat winner in Jackson Frame.

The Firecracker at Kenton Station Golf Course ended with Deron Feldhaus claiming his fourth straight title.

But after the final round of the 26th Laurel Oaks Classic at Laurel Oaks Golf Course on Sunday, a new champion was crowned.

Bobby Kearney fired a 4-under 68 in the final round of the tournament to finish with an 11-under 133 in the two-day tournament to edge out B.J. Knox by a stroke and claim his first Laurel Oaks Classic title.

“The feeling is unreal,” said Kearney. “I’ve been here and I’ve led it several times, but I’ve never pulled it off. I’ve won the Calcutta here a couple of times, but that’s about it,” added Kearney. “It’s a tough crowd. The guys are awesome. The weather was terrible.”

B.J. Knox lines up a putt in the rain during the final round of the Laurel Oaks Classic, Sunday, at Laurel Oaks Golf Course. (Jared MacDonald, The Ledger Independent)

Kearney entered the final round in a three-way tie for the lead at 7-under with Knox and Frame and was 2-under heading to the back nine – one stroke behind Knox and three strokes ahead of Frame. The players had to stop for rain early in the round and ended up playing through some inclement weather the rest of the front nine.

“The rain has killed us for three years in a row,” said Rick Pumpelly, who owns Laurel Oaks with Phillip Grayson and John Mattingly. “Good golf, the guys show up and it’s a bunch of good golfers.”

The two were even after the next hole because of a bogey from Knox, but Kearney bogeyed No. 11 to give Knox back the lead.

Then came the turning point for Kearney.

He sank a long birdie putt on No. 12 to move back to 2-under on the day.

“After the hole when I did that – after I made the putt – I looked at the guys riding with us and I said, ‘I think I got this,’” said Kearney. “That was about it.”

Kearney picked up another birdie on No. 14 and moved to 4-under on the day and 11-under for the tournament with a birdie on No. 17, before making par on the 18th hole to finish the round. He took over the lead with a bogey from Knox on the par-3 16th hole.

“He’s [Kearney] a great golfer. He’s competitive, that’s what he is. He’s tough,” said Pumpelly. “He’s an old school guy that will fight you from start to finish.”

Knox finished the day with a 3-under 69 to place second.

Frame posted a 1-under 71 on Sunday to finish third at 8-under in the tournament.

Mark Moore and Logan McIntosh entered the day a stroke off the lead. Moore shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday to finish in a tie for fourth with Tyler Lippert, who caught fire to shoot 3-under over his final four holes and to finish with a 5-under 67, the best score of the day. McIntosh finished the round at 3-over.

Logan McIntosh chips onto the green during the final round of the Laurel Oaks Classic, Sunday, at Laurel Oaks Golf Course. (Jared MacDonald, The Ledger Independent)

Defending champion Troy Grooms entered the day at 4-under, but was 4-over entering the 17th hole on Sunday. He finished with back-to-back birdies on No. 17 and 18 to finish in a tie for 11th with Don Pollard at 2-under.

There hasn’t been a repeat winner in the tournament since Shawn Armstrong won back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008. Kearney is the eighth different winner since then.

LAUREL OAKS CLASSIC

LAUREL OAKS GOLF COURSE

SUNDAY, JULY 22

PAR 72

Championship Flight

Bobby Kerney 65-68-133 (-11)

B.J. Knox 65-69-134 (-10)

Jackson Frame 65-71-136 (-8)

Mark Moore 66-71-137 (-7)

Tyler Lippert 70-67-137 (-7)

Rick Harmon 69-69-138 (-6)

Kyle Burchett 67-72-139 (-5)

Chandler Clark 68-72-140 (-4)

Logan McIntosh 66-75-141 (-3)

Shawn Armstrong 67-74-141 (-3)

Don Pollard 68-74-142 (-2)

Troy Grooms 68-74-142 (-2)

Deron Feldhaus 71-73-144 (E)

Matt Malott 70-74-144 (E)

Randy Ross 68-78-146 (+2)

Tim Boden 69-78-147 (+3)

Nicholas Chabot 70-79-149 (+5)

Joe Bigelow 70-WD

First Flight

Coy Cummins 75-69-144 (E)

Mike Kennedy 76-70-146 (+2)

Jake O’Mara 73-74-147 (+3)

Chris Ginter 74-73-147 (+3)

Josh Goddard 73-75-148 (+4)

Matt Tussey 76-72-148 (+4)

Nick Boggess 76-72-148 (+4)

Kevin Clark 76-74-150 (+6)

Josh Stafford 77-73-150 (+6)

Shane Lippert 73-78-151 (+7)

Chris Gifford 76-77-153 (+9)

Joe Wilds 72-81-153 (+9)

Paul Grayson 76-WD

Mike Scott 76-WD

Bill Boyd 76-WD

Lee Amiott 77-WD

Gerald Humphrey 78-WD

Second Flight

Jessie McHugh 78-78-156 (+12)

Timmy South 79-80-159 (+15)

Dave Holcomb 78-81-159 (+15)

Jeff Martin 84-76-160 (+16)

Justin Dials 84-76-160 (+16)

Brian Handshoe 78-85-163 (+19)

Robbie Wellman 85-78-163 (+19)

Shawn Johnson 78-86-164 (+20)

Denver Shoemaker 84-81-165 (+21)

Greg Harmon 83-83-166 (+22)

Bobby Crawford 83-83-166 (+22)

Steve Reed 81-87-168 (+24)

Dave Schultz 82-88-170 (+26)

Rick Walls 91-91-182 (+38)

Danny Berry 90-WD

John Bower 94-WD

Bobby Kearney tees off during the final round of the Laurel Oaks Classic, Sunday, at Laurel Oaks Golf Course.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_Laurel-Oaks_1.jpgBobby Kearney tees off during the final round of the Laurel Oaks Classic, Sunday, at Laurel Oaks Golf Course. Jared MacDonald, The Ledger Independent

B.J. Knox lines up a putt in the rain during the final round of the Laurel Oaks Classic, Sunday, at Laurel Oaks Golf Course.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_Laurel-Oaks_2.jpgB.J. Knox lines up a putt in the rain during the final round of the Laurel Oaks Classic, Sunday, at Laurel Oaks Golf Course. Jared MacDonald, The Ledger Independent

Logan McIntosh chips onto the green during the final round of the Laurel Oaks Classic, Sunday, at Laurel Oaks Golf Course.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_Laurel-Oaks_3.jpgLogan McIntosh chips onto the green during the final round of the Laurel Oaks Classic, Sunday, at Laurel Oaks Golf Course. Jared MacDonald, The Ledger Independent