HCCC hosts Champions tourney

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Hadden and Klempner compete

By Greg Woods

Henry County Country Club hosted the KPGA Junior Tournament of Champions on July 31 and Aug. 1. The tournament consisted of several age divisions for boys and girls.


Two local players, Alex Hadden and Isaac Klempner, competed in the 11-12 age division and acquitted themselves well.

Klempner shot 43 on the first day and 40 on the second to finish the 18-hole tournament with an 83, good for sixth place.

Hadden shot 37 on both days to finish in a three-way tie for first place with Louisville’s Evan Bone and Pearson Shafter. In the sudden death playoff to determine a champion the players started on the first hole.

After Hadden’s birdie putt on the final hole for an outright win from 15 feet finished nestled on the lip of the cup, Shafer stepped up and drained his own 15 footer to make the playoff.

In the playoff all three players made par on the first hole. Hadden hit his drive 70 yards farther than the other two players but was far left of the fairway. But he was in decent position and hit his second shot onto the green about 25 feet past the flag. From there he two-putted for the par.

Shafer and Bone both hit the fairway about 140 yards from the hole. Bone’s second shot came up on the fringe 20 feet right of the hole. His first putt was about five feet short but he made the second putt to stay in contention.

Shafer’s second shot stopped within 6 feet of the hole and gave him a chance to eliminate both competitors, but he missed the first putt and had to settle for another playoff hole.

The par-3 second hole was Hadden’s downfall. He had double-bogeyed the hole during regulation play and it came back to haunt him again. His first shot landed just off the fringe, left of the hole about 25 feet from the hole. He chipped to within six feet but two-putted from there to bogey the hole.

Bone landed in a similar position to Hadden but his chip shot landed two feet from the hole and he made his putt for par, eliminating Hadden.

It was up to Shafer to keep the playoff going and after hitting his tee shot to within six feet of the hole he two-putted from there for par.

Shafer won on the third playoff hole. Both players struggled on the hole, but Shafer’s bogey was good enough for the win, leaving Bone and Hadden tied for second in the tournament.