Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


March 25, 2014

Teamwork brings State Am to area for first time since ’65

ASHLAND — Kudos to Tom Cooksey, Bellefonte Country Club and Clark’s Pump-N-Shop for working together to bring the Kentucky State Amateur golf tournament to our neck of the woods for the first time since 1965.

Cooksey, who does as much to promote golf in this area and throughout Kentucky as anybody ever has, is the president of the Kentucky Golf Association. It’s a tremendous opportunity for us to show off what’s great about northeastern Kentucky — and that includes some of the finest golf courses in the state.

The State Am will be here in 2016 and this also gives some of our outstanding area golfers a chance to keep in their back yard instead of traveling across the state to do it.

But here’s what we like: It wasn’t going to happen without three different groups working together. Cooksey had the motivation, Bellefonte Country Club had the site and Clark’s Pump-N-Shop had the means. What it means for us is a great week of golf that summer.

Of course, we’ve grown accustomed to watching some world-class golf at BCC every summer with the highly regarded American Junior Golf Association making a stop here for the Bluegrass Junior. That’s been ongoing since the summer of 1984 and this past year the Bellefonte Country Club was given an award as being the top host on the tour. That’s because of the great people who organize and volunteer for the event every year.

We are sure when 2016 rolls around, Cooksey will be calling on some of the volunteers again to make the State Amateur just as memorable for participants.

Brent Clark, president of Clark’s PNS, was thrilled with being the title sponsor of the tournament.

“We never thought about it at all, and never imagined (the KGA) coming to us and asking ... For us, it’s a great advertising opportunity. It’s almost like we’re stealing it.”

We agree with Mr. Clark and thank Mr. Cooksey for his part in giving this area a chance to shine on one of Kentucky’s big golf stages.

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