Trey Shirley, a professional golfer who lives in Bowling Green, tied a course record at Harmony Landing on the final day of the Kentucky Open to claim the event title.
Trevor Johnson, an amateur golfer from Brentwood, Tenn., entered the final day with the lead, but Shirley was able to separate himself from a crowded leaderboard. He opened the front nin with four birdies and no bogies, which put him in contention at 10-under par. He added birdies on holes 12, 14 and 15.
Shirley, a Metcalfe County High School graduate, said after the win, “It hasn’t sunk in yet but it’s an honor to have my name next to that list of past champions on the trophy. There were a lot of good players here this week, and with so many good up-and-coming players, it really motivated me to work hard on my game.”
The former Hornet finished off his dream round with a pair of clutch birdies on his final two holes. He finished at 15-under for the tournament.
Shirley is plays on PGA Tour Latinoamerica, where he has made the cut in two of his first four events. He made it to the final stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School in 2016, and held Web.com Tour status the following year.
Shirley’s final round tied the course record set by Justin Thomas in 2012.
Other area golfers of note include Western Kentucky University standout Billy Tom Sargent, who finished seventh. Also, former Glasgow standout Kent Bulle tied for 45th and WKU women’s golf coach Adam Gary tied for 56th.