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MEN'S GOLF: Maffet ties for second at Kentucky Open (08/09)

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BOWLING GREEN — Former Elizabethtown and University of Louisville standout Kris Maffet couldn’t have finished much stronger as the Kentucky Open Championship wrapped up Thursday at the par-72, 7,018-yard Club at Olde Stone.

After carding a 71 Wednesday to move into a tie for 11th, Maffet shot a 69 – tying for the low round of the day – to finish with a three-round total of 212.

“It was fun to be in the mix, just a few too many shots back starting the day,” Maffet posted in a public Facebook message. “I would like to say thanks to 3 people who have helped me lately. Bev at Be-Fit, and Holly Lewis at Physical Therapy Pros. Very inspirational helping me fix old injuries and keeping me in shape. My swing doctor, Dennis Daniels and D & D golf for always keeping my equipment tight.”

Maffet tied for second along with Benton’s Patrick Newcomb and Georgetown’s Kyle Wilshire. Newcomb, who recently became a professional, was the only player in the final three groups to finish with an under par round (71) Thursday. Wilshire, who earned low amateur honors after making a birdie on the final hole, is a senior on the NCAA Division-I UCF golf team.

Paducah’s Rick Cochran III won the 144-player event by four strokes with an 8-under 208. A former Kentucky State Amateur champion, Cochran is a nephew of a Champions Tour Player (Russ Cochran) and was a contestant on last year’s The Big Break on the Golf Channel.

Former Elizabethtown standout Clay Hinton (73-72-80—225) ended in a five-way tie for 37th, while cousin Garrett Hinton (74-78-77—229), another former Elizabethtown star, finished in a three-way tie for 58th. Clay Hinton is a senior at NCAA Division-III Transylvania University, while Garrett Hinton is a senior at NCAA Division-I Eastern Kentucky University.