This past weekend was a Godsend to golfers and horse lovers alike.
With the beautiful weather the golfers flocked to the local golf courses to shake the rust off their golf swings and horse lovers were glued to the TV watching horse races and the Derby.
At the Madison Country Club the annual Derby Party was attended by over 100 revelers. There were a lot of pretty ladies decked out in gorgeous outfits and topped with fancy Derby hats. It was also a reunion of old and young friends alike with a lot of hugging.
The 1200 at MCC restaurant provided a delicious buffet of shrimp, country ham, meatballs and many more delectable snacks for the crowd to snack on all afternoon.
At the conclusion of the Derby there was a dance with music provided by the Downtown Deuces and some danced till the wee hours.
It was another great Derby party at the old fun club.
Mahalo for a wonderful day.
Holmes and Lewis tops this weekend
I can’t remember a Sunday where I enjoyed watching golf that was more fulfilling than this last one.
I watched Kentuckian J.B. Holmes hang on to win the Wells Fargo Championship by a single stroke.
The Taylor County High School and University of Kentucky star had not won a tournament since 2008. He has fourteen Top 10 finishes with two seconds and now, after six years, a win.
This was his third PGA win.
He had a pretty good excuse for not winning in such a long time. In 2011 he had brain surgery twice, then he injured his left elbow trying to return to action too fast, and, to top it off, he broke his ankle roller blading last year while trying to get back into shape. He had corrective surgery on his elbow while his ankle was healing and once again he is a champion.
Holmes made his win Sunday a real knee-knocker. He had a two-shot lead over Jim Furyk going into the last hole, a par four. He played it conservatively as he only needed a bogie to win. He layed up on his second shot and then hit a poor approach on his third shot leaving a 45-foot putt that he had to negotiate in two shots.
He hit the approach putt to a little over three feet from the hole and, as all Kentucky viewers held their breath, he made it.
Great win, J. B.
I would like to nominate J.B. Holmes for the Hogan Award given annually by the Golf Writers Association of America. It is awarded to the golfer who has continued to be active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness. He is a worthy candidate for it.
Stacy Lewis, my favorite LPGA golfer, won the North Texas shootout by a whopping six strokes. This gutsy little Texan has also over come a lot of physical handicaps to become the No. 1 woman golfer in the world in 1913.
She lost that honor later to Imbee Park, who had a great hot streak and won three straight majors.
The way Stacy is playing now, with seven out of eight Top 10 finishes, and now a convincing win she may be back on top soon. It couldn’t happen to a nicer lady.
Keep it going, Stacy!