Louisville club pro Ohr wins his second Kentucky Open

mfields@herald-leader.comAugust 9, 2012 

Keith Ohr with the championship trophy at the 93rd Kentucky Open golf tournament. (Photo by Mike Fields)

HEBRON — Keith Ohr keeps his promises to his mom.

The night before the final round of the 2001 Kentucky Open golf championship, Ohr told her, "Get ready, I'm going to win this tomorrow."

The next day he went out and did the job at Oxmoor Country Club in Louisville.

Flash ahead 11 years.

On Wednesday night, Ohr had dinner with his parents, Janie and Joedy, and again told his mother to get ready to celebrate a victory.

Once again he was true to his word.

Playing with poise and purpose, Ohr fired a final-round 69 to win the 93rd Kentucky Open at Traditions.

Mom and Dad, along with aunt Tennye Ohr, watched his every swing as he prevailed by one shot over Pepperdine University junior Parker Page.

Kyle Wilshire of Scott County, who plays for Central Florida, tied for third, three shots back, with University of Kentucky junior Cody Martin and Owensboro pro Cameron Carrico.

While Ohr was thrilled to win the 2001 Kentucky Open, he felt more satisfaction with his second title, which came with a $10,000 check.

"I feel like anybody can win one, and one's nice," he said. "But I kept thinking I've got to win at least two, and I did it. I'm happy. I'm proud of myself."

Ohr, an Estill County native who is now the pro at Wildwood Country Club in Louisville, was steady all week. He put together rounds of 69-70-69 to finish 8-under par.

Page, a former Ballard High standout, began the day three shots behind Ohr, but he rallied to tie him early on the back nine.

Playing two groups in front of Ohr, Page had six birdies on the front side. He added another birdie at No. 12 to earn a share of the lead.

Page's birdie binge was a carryover from Wednesday when he had eight birdies in a round of 70. (He had 15 birdies in a stretch of 29 holes over two days.)

Page wasn't aware he had caught Ohr, but he said that didn't matter. "One thing I did well this week was I kept my head down and kept grinding," he said. "I just wish I'd been able to get one more (birdie) on the back."

Ohr, meanwhile, heard that he and Page were tied. He was glad to get the news. He said he got caught up watching his playing partners, John Bachman and Adam Gary, who fell off the pace.

Ohr had several chances to expand his lead but missed several short birdie putts. He finally made one, a 10-footer at the 15th, that gave him a one-shot lead over Page.

"I just kept telling myself, keep hitting good shots and good things will happen," said Ohr, who maintained a one-shot edge until Page took a bogey at the 18th.

Ohr wound up bogeying the last hole, too.

But it didn't matter.

"Anything under par today I felt good about," Ohr said. "I got to 4-under then bogeyed the last hole, but I got it done."

Ohr admitted he was nervous coming down the stretch, and it didn't help that storm clouds threatened to interrupt play.

"But I've been here before," he said. "That experience helped. I just kept thinking my goal was to win."

And to keep his promise to his mom.

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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