Burley Belles Tournament next week

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By Lee Kendall

The 42nd Annual Burley Belles Golf Tournament, one of the oldest and most respected women’s golf tournaments in the state, will be held at the Cynthiana Country Club next Wednesday and Thursday.

Cynthia Powell will be seeking to defend her title from 2008, and add to her already impressive resume of 10 Burley Belles championships. Last year, Powell carded a two day total of 138 (68, 70) to finish six under par and easily outdistance second place finisher Anne Combs (146)

With another victory, Powell would edge closer to Combs in the number of career titles at the Burley Belles. Combs has amassed 13 Burley Belles titles, with her last coming in 2007.

“We are very fortunate to have ladies like Anne and Cynthia come back to this tournament every year,” said 2009 Tournament Chairperson Kelly Kendall. “There is a core group of women in Central Kentucky that are outstanding golfers and make it a point to come to Cynthiana every year to play in this tournament.”

Also among that “core group” that is expected to play again this year are two other multiple winners of the event.

Marsha Bird Bordas, a former Cynthiana resident and daughter of former CCC golf professional Judge Bird, has won five times, most recently in 1997 and 1998. Also teeing it up this year will be three-time winner Laurie Goodlett. She won in 1991, 2005 and 2006.

Playing in the Championship Flight from Cynthiana will be Harrison County High School senior Polly Whalen. Last year, Whalen won the first Low Net portion of the Championship Flight while carding a 79 on the first day of the tournament and coming back with a 76 on the second day.

“Polly is a natural,” said Kendall, who also doubles as Whalen’s coach on the HCHS golf team. “She has a great temperament for the game and has a beautiful swing. Her short game is good… She just doesn’t have many weaknesses. She has played a lot of golf this summer and her game is really improving.”

Also expected to return into the Championship Flight from last year will be Sami Montgmery-Wilson and Maggie Watts from Paris, along with HCHS grad Cynthia Douglas Rorer.

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On Monday, Whalen won another Musselman Baker-Geary-Dunn Junior Tour event. She carded an 82 to win the Championship Division of a tournament at the Shelbyville Country Club.             

Another Cynthiana golfer is still alive in the Women’s State Amateur Tournament that is being played this week at Cherry Blossom Golf Club in Georgetown. Teresa Davis is the top seed in the Third Flight of the State Amateur. She shot an 88 in Monday’s qualifying round, then defeated Charlotte Nelson in the first round of match play on Tuesday, one-up. She played Rie Yanagawa in the second round on Wednesday.