Ryan Wenzler Leads Pack as Four Golfers Advance to Barbasol Championship from Open Qualifier

Posted at 9:29 PM, Jul 16, 2018

The Barbasol Championship added four golfers to the field following its open qualifier, which was held on Monday at Boone’s Trace National Golf Club in Richmond.

Of the 48 in Monday’s field, Ryan Wenzler owned the top qualifying spot after he just missed the course record by a stroke, posting a 10-under-par 62. Through his first eight holes, the Dayton, Ohio, native was 7-under par and ultimately made the turn with a 29 on his scorecard, which propelled him to a new career-low score.

Former UNLV golfer John Oda sealed his spot for the week following his 64, while Domenico Geminiani, of Bradenton, Fla., qualified for the field with a 66. New Jersey’s Kevin Foley shot 67 and claimed the fourth and final qualifying spot after being the last man standing in a seven-man playoff.

Youth Shootout

Some of Kentucky’s top high school golfers will get a unique experience and a chance to pick up some tips at this week’s Barbasol Championship, as they’ll be paired up with PGA TOUR pros for a High School Shootout at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Playing a four-hole, better-ball-of-two shootout on the tournament course, each junior golfer and his or her professional teammate will play the first four holes. 

“Opportunities like this don’t come every day,” Champions head professional Brad Hicks said. “At the Barbasol Championship, we look forward to making this an annual event for aspiring high school golfers looking to play at the next level.”

The local products are:

  • Parker Clarke, Henry Clay
  • Blake Evans – Morgan Co.
  • Laney Frye – Lexington Christian
  • Olivia Hensley – Boyd Co.
  • Jackson Lalonde – Lexington Christian
  • Henry Lane – Lafayette
  • Andrew Marrs – Lexington Christian
  • Andrew Sullivan – St. Xavier

Pros include Owensboro Apollo grad and PGA TOUR rookie Matt Atkins, Chris Couch, Daniel Chopra, Marty Dou, John Merrick, D.J. Trahan, Omar Uresti and Andrew Yun.

Other Events

Tuesday’s schedule also includes the Callaway Golf Wounded Warrior Fitting at 9:15 a.m. on the range, the Executive Women’s Day at the Seattle Slew Club at noon (includes a Brittany Lincicome clinic on the range at 2:15 p.m.), the Pars & Pigeons fundraiser for Kentucky Wounded Heroes at 1 p.m. at the Blue Grass Sportsmens League and the Pro-Am Party at the Castle for sponsors and pro-am participants