First time’s the charm

Steve Humphrey wins Boone Invitational by five strokes

By Linda Younkin Published:

For Steve Humphrey, the first time was a charm.

Humphrey, of Lexington, cruised to the championship of the Daniel Boone Invitational golf tournament Sunday, winning by five shots over Howard Logan at the Frankfort Country Club.

Humphrey hadn’t played in the tournament before, but he was the only golfer to post under-par scores every round of the three-day event.

His score of 210 (69-70-71) was six-under par. Logan finished at 215 (70-74-71), and Rick Harp and defending champion Brad Faulkner both shot 216. Harp took third place in a scorecard playoff.

“I’ve played over here in interclub matches between private clubs,” Humphrey said. “I played here in May, and I know Brian (May, FCC head golf pro). He used to work at the U Club (University Club), and I’m a member there. He said I ought to come to this tournament.

“This golf course sets up really well,” he added. “It’s not real long. If you hit it straight you’ll get some opportunities.”

Humphrey started Sunday’s round with three-shot lead over Faulkner and a five-shot lead over Harp and Logan.

Logan got off to a fast start, going four-under on the first five holes with a par, birdie and eagle.

Logan bogeyed No. 6 and Humphrey birdied the seventh hole, putting a little more room between the two golfers.

“I hit my wedges well,” Humphrey said about his play this weekend. “I didn’t putt particularly well, but I hit my wedges close enough a lot of times to take advantage of it.

“I didn’t have many bogeys,” he added. “For 54 holes I probably had seven bogeys.”

Humphrey, employed by Marathon Petroleum in Lexington, works from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. each day.

After that he typically heads for the golf course.

He’s played in several tournaments this summer, including a match play tournament in Winchester, the Gate City Invitational in Mount Sterling, and the Lexington City Championship – all of which were three or four-day events.

Humphrey, 55, finished eighth in the Lexington City Championship.

“Seven scholarship college kids beat me,” he said.

With the summer season winding down, Humphrey still has a few tournaments left.

He’ll play in the Kentucky Senior Open at Andover in Lexington, the Kentucky Senior Amateur at Owensboro Country Club, and he’ll play in a qualifier for the U.S. Senior Amateur on Aug. 26 at Greenbrier in Lexington.

Following are the top finishers in each of the flights at the Boone.

Championship Flight

1. Steve Humphrey 210 (69-70-71), 2. Howard Logan 215 (70-74-71), 3. Rick Harp 216 (71-73-72) won in scorecard playoff, 4. Brad Faulkner 216 (74-68-74).

Flight 1

1. Sean Rodgers 228 (75-77-76), 2. Swain Beard 229 (76-75-78) won in scorecard playoff, 3. Chris Cummins 229 (73-78-78).

Flight 2

1. Brian James 230 (8-77-73), 2. Hayden Barrows 233 (80-76-77), 3. Trey Render 235 (81-75-79).

Flight 3

1. Greg Pauley 239 (84-81-74), 2. Billy Fouch 242 (82-84-76) won in scorecard playoff, 3. Chris Burke 242 (88-76-78).

Flight 4

1. Paul Harnice 246 (82-85-79), 2. Neal Fowler 249 (78-90-81), 3. Bill Nave 252 (81-86-85).

Flight 5

1. Jay Covington 243 (84-74-85) won in playoff, 2. John Miller 243 (77-86-80), 3. Keith Lee 243 (85-78-80).

Flight 6

1. Tom Hampton 254 (86-84-84), 2. Greg Burton 256 (84-90-82), 3. Chase Burgess 258 (88-85-85).

Flight 7

1. Sonny Mooney 259 (92-84-83), 2. Russell Cotton 265 (92-89-84), 3. Tommy Hurt 267 (84-95-88).

Flight 8

1. Tim Williams 267 (93-92-82), 2. Barrett Meyer 268 (93-90-85), 3. Michael Burke 273 (93-90-90).

Flight 9

1. Bob Miser 275 (91-98-86), 2. Ryan Moore 277 (94-92-91), 3. Tim Hunt 278 (95-92-91).

Flight 10

1. Bill Barrows 290 (96-98-96), 2. Bryce Burton 291 (99-95-97), 3. Steve Hudson 292 (95-101-96).

Flight 11

1. Shawn Arnold 299 (111-96-92), 2. Lewis Prewitt 300 (96-105-99), 3. Adam Barrick 301 (108-98-95).

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