Friday, July 26, 2013

Oh, Kentucky

KHSAA football season starts just four Fridays from tonight. They're scrimmaging at Mason County and Perry County Central, mulling helmet colors in Middlesboro and voting to stay the course at 56.2 percent of 210 of Kentucky's 220 football-playing schools.

Kenny Perry is probably back home in Kentucky studying up on how his old Lone Oak boys are blending in with the McCracken County Mustangs, who open Saturday, Aug. 24, against the Paducah Tilghman Blue Tornado. But Saint Mary's doesn't play football, so Paducah's Russ Cochran is over in England--he played the first round of the Senior British Open Thursday in 1-over, currently tied for 20th and five strokes off the lead.

Back to school in West Paducah.

"(W)e should not have to tear down every vestige of that past to make room for progress;" that said, Owen County paved an old house that was built by a Christian County emigree in 1870 and passed on to his colonel son so that it could put up a new Dollar General.

Comments about Miscellaneous Ramblings from a Paducah City Commissioner.

Looks like Maiden Alley made it!

Surely, Jennifer Lawrence isn't actually calling her mother, "mum," right? Surely, that was just how the Kiwis at heard it but not how Jennifer Lawrence said it ..., right?  

The UMC women's Mission U at LWC.

In Kentucky, unemployment is highest in Magoffin County and lowest in Woodford. And, by the way, there are no more "unemployment offices" in Kentucky.

Good jobs news from LexingtonLouisville, OwensboroWinchester and (more from) Versailles.

Rest in peace, Mr. Kelly, a Bostonian who didn't initially know much about horses but moved to Lexington and helped bring the 2010 World Equestrian Games there.

Rock on, Mr. Sanchez-Blazquez, a 112-year-old Spaniard who came to the United States via Cuba and through Ellis Island and then worked for years in the coal mines at Lynch.


  1. So Russ Cochran shot 3-over today in the Senior British Open. That drops him to 4-over for the tournament and into a tie for 29th (with Tom Watson and others), nine strokes behind co-leaders Mark Wiebe and Bernhard Langer. You will recall that Kenny Perry came back from 10 behind after two rounds to win the U.S. Senior Open, so I am still holding out hope for St. Mary's Russ.

  2. However, the big, developing story among Kentucky Catholic-school golfers is that John Augenstein, a 15-year-old sophomore from Owensboro Catholic, is behind one hole with David Riley of Hattiesburg, Miss., through eight of an 18-hole semifinal match play in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in Trucklee, Calif. (Here's a great explanation of match play from the United States Golf Association, and here's a link where you can follow the scoring of the current match.)

    In the round of 32 yesterday, Mr. Augenstein upset John Liu, a 17-year-old from Smithtown, N.Y., who had already earned medalist in this year's stroke-play event and, in doing so, became one of only three two-time stroke-play medalists in the 65-year history of the event (another one of those three is named Tiger Woods, who also happened to win three match-play titles). Then, today, our boy from Owensboro in the round of 32 beat a kid from Madison, Conn, and in the quarterfinals outlasted in 20 holes a Brit who has lived in Florida since he was 5 and won that state's amateur tournament by 11 strokes earlier this year. It stinks that we missed the quarterfinal matches on the Golf Channel this afternoon; they aren't showing the semis. We will have to hope Mr. Augenstein comes back against Mr. Riley and advances to tomorrow evening's championship, which the Golf Channel does plan to air.

    Mr. Augenstein is playing in his first United States Golf Association championship. He started golfing when he was 4. When my 4-year-old daughter wakes up from her nap here in a half-hour or so, I'm going to yell at her for wasting last week at DisneyWorld and make her get out in the backyard and start swatting some practice balls.

  3. OK, I'm jinxing Mr. Augenstein. Mr. Davis has birdied two of three holes and Mr. Augenstein has bogeyed one since I started typing that comment about the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Mr. Davis is now 3-Up through 10. In hopes that Mr. Augenstein can somehow come back, I am not going to post anymore about this match until it is over.

  4. Our man Russ played the third round of the Senior British Open today in even par. That, for the moment, has advanced him to a tie for 16th on the leaderboard but also dropped him to 12 strokes behind Bernhard Langer of Anhausen, West Germany, who is still on the course. "He was the inaugural World Number 1 when the Official World Golf Rankings were introduced in 1986," Wikipedia notes of Langer. who looked great with his wife and kids after the 1993 Masters and still did in 2010.