Don’t Miss the 35th Annual 2015 Oaks Day Golf Tournament




In Kentucky, nothing really beats that first weekend in May, and what it represents to horse racing enthusiasts across the country. It is a tradition celebrated and treasured, and has helped create a number of other traditions in its wake, such as Thunder Over Louisville, the Pegasus Parade, and, though smaller and less-known than the previous events, the Oaks Day Golf Tournament.

The early years of Oaks Day Golf boasted some pretty awesome attire!
The early years of Oaks Day Golf boasted some pretty awesome attire!


For the past 35 years, a group of buddies have met at daybreak to share a round of golf before heading off to the track to witness the Kentucky Oaks races, a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old fillies that is run on the day before the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” i.e., The Kentucky Derby. Since 1995, the group of friends have expanded their golf outing to include more friends and businesses to raise money for local charities and foundations. To date, the tournament has raised more than $118,000. Donations are split between Harbor House in memory of Katie Jett and the Matt Woolley Memorial Scholarship Fund at Trinity High School in honor of Matt Woolley.

Dan Parker, 34 years later, still plays every Oaks Day, rain or shine
Dan Parker, 34 years later, still plays every Oaks Day, rain or shine

The 35th Annual Oaks Day Golf Tournament will begin at daybreak on Oaks Day, Friday, May 1, 2015, at Glenmary Golf Course. The tournament format is best ball scramble. Teams of four will compete to make it into the Top 10 Teams, which will be entered into a drawing for four equal splits of the prize money. The amount of prize money is determined by the number of golfers participating (maximum is 100).

 
 

Cost is $100 per golfer if paid by April 24, 2015; $115 per golfer for payments after April 24, 2015. In addition to 18 holes of golf and a shot at a split of the prize money, the price also includes the following:

  • Golfer Gift Bags, loaded up with tees, a sleeve of balls, snacks, water, and miscellaneous items
  • Ticket for Door Prizes
  • Chance at Hole in One at any Par 3
  • Lunch
  • 2 Mulligans (1 per 9 holes on drive only)
  • 5 Drink Tickets, to be used on soft drinks or beer (after 5, $2 per drink)

The tournament will be scored according to the best ball format, to allow players of varying skill levels to compete together without allowing scores from inexperienced players to severely limit the team’s chances at a good score. Each person must record at least two drives per nine holes. The ball can be picked up after 3 putts, and balls can be moved one club length, as long as it’s not closer to the hole. All Par 3 holes will provide a chance at a Hole in One. Golfers should submit their handicap or average scores upon signing up.

 
 

Interested in signing a team up? Contact Jason Parker at 502-386-9661 or by email at jason.parker@sprint.com, or one of the other committee members:
– Loretta Woolley – 502-297-5521 or email law7503@twc.com
– Dan Parker – 502-445-0901 or email dan@ciagent.com
– Dave Jett – 502-267-0101 or email davej@ciagent.com

Harbor House of Louisville
Harbor House of Louisville

For more information about what Harbor House does for the local community, visit http://www.hhlou.org/. For more information about the Matt Woolley Scholarship Fund, contact Loretta Woolley at 502-297-5521 or email law7503@twc.com.

 
 


 

 

Now Seeking Corporate Sponsors!

Is your company interested in being a sponsor? There are many opportunities available for area businesses that wish to make a difference in the community, including:

LUNCH SPONSOR
Your sponsorship will provide lunch for 100 golfers and support personnel. For your donation you will receive:

  1. A large banner announcing your support with your company name and logo
  2. Your company name and/or logo on the picnic tables
  3. Company sponsorship mentioned during opening ceremonies and the lunch
  4. Mention in the gift bag flyer

 
 


BEVERAGE SPONSOR
Let the drinks flow with your sponsorship of three beverage carts that will keep the golfers well hydrated with soft drinks, water, and beer. For your contribution, you will receive:

  1. A large banner announcing your support with your company name and logo
  2. Your company name and/or logo on three beverage carts
  3. Company sponsorship mentioned during opening ceremonies and the lunch festivities
  4. Mention in the gift bag flyer

GIFT BAG SPONSOR
We receive so many free gifts for our golfers that we need a bag to hold it all. This sponsor will donate 125 bags and will receive:

  1. A large banner announcing your support with your company name and logo
  2. Company sponsorship mentioned during opening ceremonies and the lunch festivities
  3. Mention in the gift bag flyer

 
 


HOLE-IN-ONE SPONSOR
It’s every golfer’s dream and you can make it happen by sponsoring this event. For sponsoring the par 3 hole, you will receive:

  1. A large banner announcing your support with your company name and logo
  2. Your company name and/or logo at Hole 8, the designated Hole-in-One hole
  3. Company sponsorship mentioned during opening ceremonies and the lunch festivities
  4. Mention in the gift bag flyer

CAFFEINE CAFÉ SPONSOR
Starting off at the break of dawn, our golfers will need a jolt of java and a sugary treat. Your sponsorship will provide our golfers coffee and donuts before the tournament starts. For your sponsorship you will receive:

  1. A large banner announcing your support with your company name and logo
  2. Company sponsorship mentioned during opening ceremonies and the lunch festivities
  3. Mention in the gift bag flyer

HOLE SPONSOR
Have your company name greet each golfer as they approach the tees around the course. For your sponsorship you will receive:

  1. Your company name on a yard sign at the hole
  2. Company sponsorship mentioned during opening ceremonies and the lunch festivities
  3. Mention in the gift bag flyer

 


The Ever Challenging Glenmary Golf Course

 
Glenmary Golf Course

Located conveniently off Bardstown Road in Fern Creek, the 18-hole, par 72 Glenmary Golf Course boasts three sets of tees per hole, narrow fairways, demanding rolling greens and a variety of well-positioned hazards. Designed by architect John Addington and spanning nearly 6,550 yards, the bentgrass tees and greens and tree-lined Bermuda fairways provide the ideal scenic backdrop for one of Jefferson County’s finest public access golf courses. Charming ponds on seven of the holes add to the ambiance of the challenging course.

In July 2013, Jesse Massie, a former Eastern Kentucky University golfer, shot a 56 at Glenmary Golf Course, finishing 16 under on the Par 72 course. How did he do it? By shooting 14 birdies, one eagle and three pars, from the back tees on the 6,540-yard course. Jack Ridge, the course pro, was so impressed that he made plans to submit Massie’s score to the Guinness Book of World Records.

 


Golf History, Lingo and Trivia

 
 

The word ‘golf’ is rooted in Dutch, linguistically derived from ‘kolf’ or ‘kolve,’ which translates to ‘club.’ It is generally thought to have changed to ‘goff’ or ‘gowf’ based on the prevalent Scottish dialect in medieval times. It wasn’t until the 16th century that it was pronounced ‘golf.’

Birdie: A score of one under par on a hole
During the 19th century, “bird” was slang for something that was great or excellent. During the turn of the century, as a group of men enjoyed a round of golf at the Atlantic City Country Club, Ab Smith’s second shot on a Par 4 came within inches of the hole. “That was a bird of a shot,” said Smith to his fellow golfers as he sunk the shot with his next putt, putting him one under par. The name stuck.

Bogey: A score of one over par on a hole
Before the par scoring system in Britain, a ‘bogey score’ referred to the ideal score a good player might accomplish, if the conditions were just right, and became the standard scoring system for use in match play. It was based off the bogle, a term used to describe a goblin or devil dating back hundreds of years in Scottish folklore, and the elusive subject of a popular 1890s song called “The Bogey Man.” The Bogey first-stroke system was eventually replaced by the par system in Britain, and the name was assigned to one stroke over par midway through the 20th century, much to the chagrin of the British. If you’re unlucky enough to score 2 over par on a hole, that’s a double bogey.

 
 

Eagle: A score of two-under-par on a hole
No doubt this term ‘eagle’ was derived to continue the bird theme applied to good scores. After all, what could be greater than an eagle? That would be an albatross, an old British expression for a double eagle, or a score of three under par. Albatrosses are HUGE seabirds, with the largest wingspans of birds existing today, reaching up to 12 feet!

Par: The score an accomplished player is expected to make on a hole, either a three, four or five.
In the stock market, a par figure is its normal or expected rate of performance. In 1911, the United States Golf Association outlined the distances to determine a hole’s par as:
Par 3: 225 yards or less
Par 4: 225 to 425 yards
Par 5: 426 to 600 yards
Par 6: Over 601 yards

Caddie
Caddie

Caddie: A person hired to carry clubs and provide other assistance.
The word itself stems from “cadet,” the French word for student.

 


Bet You Didn’t Know: Fun Golf Facts

The highest golf course in the world is the Tactu Golf Club in Morococha, Peru, which sits 14,335 feet above sea level at its lowest point.

 
 

There are generally 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. The dimples have been discovered to reduce turbulence and allow the balls to travel further.

Tiger Woods was only 8 when he got his first hole in one. When you think about how difficult of a feat this is to accomplish, it’s even more impressive. After all, chances of a tour player scoring an ace is 3,000 to 1; odds of an average player to do so sit at 12,000 to 1. Sure, Woods may not be an average player now, but there’s no way he had the talents to succeed in the PGA tour as a second-grader. As unlikely as a hole-in-one is on a par-three, imagine making one on a par-five. This rare shot, informally known as a condor, has only been verified four times!

 
 

Yes, it’s faster and easier, but if you play the game as part of a healthy lifestyle, you should think before jumping in a golf cart. If you walk, rather than ride 18 holes, you will not only walk roughly four to five miles, but also burn 2,000 calories. To compare, golfers that ride in carts only burn about 1,300 calories.

Augusta National Golf Club closed for three years
Augusta National Golf Club closed for three years

In the midst of World War II, Augusta National Golf Club closed for three years, and cattle and turkey were raised on the grounds to support the war effort. The Masters resumed at Augusta in 1946. The leader of the Allied Forces in Europe during the war and future President of the United State, Dwight D. Eisenhower, later became a club member. An iconic Loblolly Pine he regularly hit and complained about, thus causing it to be called the Eisenhower Tree, stood proudly on the 17th hole for many years, until an ice storm in March of 2014 finally took the hazard out of play.

Golf is a sport to be reckoned with in the United States. As of 2015, the impact of golf on the economy is nearly $70 billion annually, with a charitable impact of about $4 billion. However huge these numbers are, over the last few years the sport itself seems to be stuck in the rough, losing 1.1 million players in 2013 alone!

 


Top Three Best Golf Movies Ever

Happy Gilmore
Happy Gilmore

3. Happy Gilmore
What isn’t there to love about Adam Sandler’s portrayal of Happy Gilmore, a hockey-obsessed “Grandma’s boy” forced to harness his angry energy and impressive long drive in order to join the PGA tour and win enough money to buy back his Grandma’s house from the IRS? Between the barrage of hilarious rants, the growing rivalry between Happy and Shooter McGavin, and famous cameos of Bob Barker and Ben Stiller, this movie ranks high on the comedic sports classics list.

The Legend of Bagger Vance
The Legend of Bagger Vance

2. The Legend of Bagger Vance
The time period, beautiful scenery and Will Smith’s excellent portrayal of a mystical caddy lend much credibility to the plot of the beloved Matt Damon flick, “The Legend of Bagger Vance.” Not only does the mysterious Bagger Vance help a bitter WWI war veteran reignite his passion for golf, he also teaches him the secret to mastering any challenge presented in life.

Caddyshack
Caddyshack

1. Caddyshack
With an all-star lineup cast of the likes of Bill Murray, Michael O’Keefe, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight and one sadistic little gopher, the one-liners and quotable quips keep coming and coming in the popular cult-classic “Caddyshack.” But the most memorable of them all must be attributed to the greenskeeper Carl Spackler’s Masters reference, as he loses himself in a reverie about winning the tournament, while swinging away at flowers with a garden tool. Incredibly, the entire scene was improvised by comedic legend Bill Murray.

 

Related Documents:
2015 Oaks Day Golf Flyer
2015 Oaks Day Sponsorship Flyer

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Comments

  1. Sure was a motley crew in the early years. It is hard to believe it has been 35 years. My golf game certainly has not gotten any better.

  2. Thanks for cropping that photo of Mr. Parker in that red hoodie. I assume he was wearing those black polyester short shorts again.

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