Cooper Musselman saved his best round for last in the Kentucky Open. The University of Kentucky senior golfer and Louisville native fired a 4-under-par 67 Thursday to earn the title at Hurstbourne Country Club.
Musselman is the second Wildcat to claim an individual event during the summer, joining fellow senior Tyler “Chip” McDaniel, who won the Kentucky State Amateur.
Musselman posted a 54-hole score of 7-under 206 on the par-71 course to edge out professional Logan Hogge by a stroke. Hogge charged up the leaderboard with a 64, the best round of the day. Second-round leader Andrew Stephens finished two back after a 70, tying Patrick Newcomb (third-round 65) for third. Patrick’s brother Nicklaus fell back into fifth with a final-round 70.
Matt Liston, another UK golfer, placed sixth with a 2-under effort Thursday. More Cats followed as Evan Cox finished in a tie for 12th at 1-over par and Fred Allen Meyer tied for 19th. Meyer made up for early rounds of 76 and 75 with a final-round 65 to finish 3-over for the week .
McDaniel, after opening with a 70, faded to a tie for 30th with rounds of 76 and 74.
Drew Doyle, a 15-year-old from Louisville, finished tied for seventh after a 72.
Musselman sank three birdies in his first six holes Thursday. His birdie on the par-5 10th put him in prime position for a run at the title. He clinched the win with a steady run of pars on the remaining eight holes.
He began the week with rounds of 69 and 70 to gain contention. His second round featured four birdies on the back nine, and in the opening round he fought off three bogeys with four birdies.
Musselman finished sixth in last year’s Kentucky Open with a three-day score of 209. He is the event’s first UK winner since Cale Barr in 2005. J.B. Holmes and Barr combined to win in three consecutive years (2003-05). Holmes won in 2003-04.
Brendon Doyle, an Indiana University golfer out of Louisville, was in contention for the trophy until a final-round 75.