For the 104th time, Kentucky's top amateur men's golfers will get together to determine the commonwealth's champion.
The Clark's Pump-N-Shop Marathon Kentucky Amateur Championship begins Tuesday at Big Spring Country Club in Louisville. The KGA's flagship event is contested over three days and 54 holes, with the top 70 golfers finishing up on Thursday. This is the sixth time Big Spring has hosted the State Am.
Tom Campbell, who earned his first victory by one shot last year after competing for nearly two decades, will defend his title. Past winners Tyler McDaniel (2013), Tyler Sharpe (2008) and Buddy Bryant (1996, 1998) will also look to reclaim the trophy.
McDaniel is one of several current University of Kentucky team members in the field. He is joined by fellow Clay County alumnus and brother Todd McDaniel, former St. Xavier stars Cooper Musselman and Stephen Stallings, and David Snyder, who played at Somerset. Chester Musselman, Cooper's father who also competed for the Wildcats, is in the field as well.
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Three of last season's top-five finishers in the KHSAA state championship will compete: runner-up Spencer McKinney of Danville, and Chase Landrum (Glasgow) and Allen Hamilton (St. Xavier), who tied for third.
Owensboro Catholic's John Augenstein, a Vanderbilt commit, earned an exemption by winning last year's boys' title but will instead compete in the Western Junior Amateur in Chicago, which also begins Tuesday.
Billy Tom Sargent, Mr. Golf in 2012 and 2013 at Scott County and currently playing at Western Kentucky, will vie for the championship.
Fourteen Lexingtonians qualified for the 156-player field, including recent high school standouts Chandler Morgan (Tates Creek) and Will Sallee (Lafayette).