Pat Tallent, a former Kentucky high school basketball star from Maytown in Floyd County has advanced to the finals of the USGA Senior Amateur Golf Championship at Orlando, Fla.
Tallent, 57, the qualifying medalist in the tournament for players 55 and older, beat Frank Ford III 2 and 1 in the morning quarterfinals Wednesday and then eliminated Chip Lutz 2-up in the afternoon semifinals at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.
In the match with Lutz, Tallent, who played college basketball at George Washington and whose brother, Bob, was a reserve on the 1966 Rupp's Runts squad at the University of Kentucky, led 3-up through 12 holes before Lutz won three straight holes to draw even. Tallent steadied and parred the closing three holes, winning the 16th and 18th.
The Vienna, Va., resident will play Paul Simson in the 18-hole final match Thursday morning at 9.