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Bellefonte Country Club’s hole No. 2 yardage is displayed during the AJGA Bluegrass Junior this summer.

For the first time, Kentucky’s senior amateur men’s golf championship is coming to Bellefonte Country Club.

The 36-hole stroke play event will take place Aug. 19-20. Ben Cooksey doesn’t want age 50-and-over golfers from this part of the state to miss out on the opportunity.

“It’s not just for top golfers. It’s open to all levels irrespective of golfing ability because of gross and net divisions,” said Cooksey, Section 9 chairman — along with Tracy Hillman — for the Kentucky Golf Association.

Cooksey would like to see a solid turnout for the tournament’s rare trip to eastern Kentucky. The BCC member sent out an email blast to club golfers this week encouraging them to play.

The 2019 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Senior Amateur Championship has three divisions: Senior (age 50-above); Masters (60-69); and Legends (70-above). Gross and net state champs will be declared for each division. Participants must play within their age division unless they declare into a younger division.

“Many thanks to Bellefonte Country Club for hosting, and the Clark family for their sponsorship,” Cooksey said. “Due to their generosity and passion for golf, our club will have now hosted both the State Am (2016) and Senior Am championships.”

Cooksey, 51, will be among the competitors.

Cost is $170 for KGA members — otherwise $185. Fee is $40 to join the KGA players club, which also includes a new rule book, bag tag and club head cover.

Tournament registration covers two rounds of golf, cart fees, range balls and one day’s lunch.

Prizes are for pro shop credit, with payouts dependent on number of entries and tournament expenses.

Entry deadline is Aug. 12 at midnight. Go to to register.

“For people who just want to play Bellefonte, it’s a great deal,” Cooksey said. “For the senior amateur division, this is the premier event in the state.”  

Admission is free to the public.

Last year, Lance Lucas of Union shot 74-74— 148 at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club to win the Senior Amateur title.   

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