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GOLF: Area players make early exit at Men's State Am (06/12)

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By Greg Crews

 

The News-Enterprise NICHOLASVILLE — Larry Ashlock’s charge in the second round of the at&t Kentucky Men’s State Amateur Championship was short — very short. The 34-year-old Elizabethtown city councilman was one stroke off pace to make the 70-man cut following a 6-over-par 78 in the first round. Ashlock was disappointed with his putting but optimistic about making the cut (which was to follow the second round), knowing he would only need to shave a few strokes off his first-round score. He never got that chance. After inclement weather on Wednesday caused the second round to be postponed, tournament officials decided to change the format Thursday. They shortened the 54-hole event to 36 holes, instituting the cut Thursday morning and sending home everyone not in the top 70 — including all four area golfers. “I had to drive up there and be up there about 7:30 this morning … and they told us the news about 8,” Ashlock said. “It rained hard yesterday and I guess it rained overnight and there is the possibility of rain today. They felt that all the players wouldn’t get done today and I guess they weren’t willing to stretch it into Saturday.” So, for the second day, the tournament was postponed and final round at Champion Trace Golf Club is scheduled for today. Along with Ashlock, John Hardin High School graduate Stephen Montgomery, Elizabethtown High School graduate and Southern Indiana University golfer Aaron Anderson and former LaRue County High School golfer Cody Moore missed the cut. Ashlock finished in an 11-way tie for 77th, while Montgomery tied for 126th at 10-over (82) and Anderson and Moore both finished tied for 133rd at 11-over (83). “Of course I was disappointed I didn’t get to try to make a better score, but I should have shot better on Tuesday,” Ashlock said. “Mother nature happens and sometimes one round is all you get.”