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Where is J.B. Holmes?

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By Dennis George

Golf Columnist

If you’re like me, when you check the Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader for the golf scores on the PGA tour, you look for the names in bold that indicate that the player is from Kentucky.
Conspicuously missing from the list in recent months is Campbellsville’s J.B. Holmes, the two time winner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
A member of the U.S. team that won the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club where he helped the American cause by going 2-0-1 in his three matches, Holmes has been plagued by injury in his eighth year on tour.
The long driving Holmes played in only five events in 2013 before fracturing his left ankle on March 9. He was roller-blading as part of a conditioning regimen. At the time, it was expected that he would miss two or three months of the season.
However, according to Bobby Brockman of the golfer’s hometown Central Kentucky News-Journal newspaper, Holmes underwent surgery June 11. Holmes has suffered from tendinitis on his right elbow and had it scraped. Brockman told me that Holmes’ elbow will be in a sling for a few more weeks.
What does this mean for his future? How can Holmes keep his card and continue playing on the tour?
According to the PGA tour guidelines, a player must win a tournament for a two year tour card, win a major for a five year exemption, or finish in the top 125 on the money list to keep a card for one year. It is expected that Holmes will receive an injury hardship for being out of action for most of the season. Under this scenario, he would get the average number of events that all PGA Tour members play in 2013. (Example: If Tiger Woods plays in 15 tournaments, and Phil Mickelson plays in 25 tournaments, and Ken Duke plays in 35, the tour average equals 25.)
Holmes would be able to play in 25 tournaments the 2014 schedule to win as much money as the 125th player on the money list in the 2013 season. However, those five tournaments he participated earlier this year in would count towards that total.
The 2014 season actually begins in October, 2013, with the Frys.com tournament.
Holmes has won $10,727,005 dollars in his career. Besides his two wins, he has carded 19 top-10 finishes and 48 top-25 showings in 175 starts.
So, while we’re waiting to see what happens to Holmes, check out Josh Teater and Steve Flesch on the PGA Tour and/or Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran on the Champions Tour.
           
Kudos to high school students Javen Thomas and Henry Smith for teeing it up with some of the state’s top juniors in the Kentucky PGA Tour Qualifier played last Wednesday and Thursday at Maywood. Though none of the group advanced to the next round, they played a golf course set up very difficult and gave it their best.
Meanwhile, Amy Brown finished second in the College Women’s Division in a Musselman-Dunne tournament on Monday in Danville by shooting an 87.
Logan Medley’s 86 was good enough for sixth place in the 17-18 division.
This year’s Kentucky Open Golf Tournament will be held at Olde Stone Golf Club in Bowling Green from August 6-8. Local golfers can attempt to qualify for the tournament at Maywood on July 12. Entries must be turned in by July 5th at the Kygolf.org website.

News from Lebanon Country Club
They may be old but they can still play.
Senior citizens Bill Duley, Bill Vick, Pat Mattingly, and Jim Richardson lead the standings in the Men’s League on Wednesday night. Larry Mattingly, Mitchell Mattingly, Patrick Mattingly, and Gary Gibson are in second.

Results from last weekend’s Member Guest Tournament
Overall winners-Steve Devine/Dooley Mattingly (first); Mike Jaglowicz/Kevin Wheeler (second)
Saturday winners-Sis Roby/Tom Roby (first); Chuck Dye/Doc Howard (second)
Sunday winners-Dennis Thomas/Pat Clements (first); John Elder/Debbie Higdon (second)

Sign up in the pro shop for Night Golf. It’s scheduled for June 29.

News from Rosewood Golf Club
Members are encouraged to send in their entry forms for the Rosewood Member Guest Tournament scheduled for July 13-14.