More than 60 will tee it up for Burley Belles Friday and Saturday

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By Mike Aldridge

Sixty-plus lady golfers will be on hand Friday and Saturday at the Cynthiana Country Club for the 45th annual Burley Belles Invitational Tournament.  
The event, sponsored by the Ladies Golf Association of the Cynthiana Country Club, will have three former champions in the field including the defending champion Cynthia Powell.  
Powell has won the event 14 times as has Anne Combs.  The two perennial favorites will be paired in the last foursome of the Championship Flight with three-time champ Laurie Goodlet and first-time player Lisa Houchen of Pendleton County.  
There are 13 players in the Championship Flight including Kelly Kendall, Layne McIlvain, Laura Wachter and Kay Cox of the Cynthiana Country Club.  The final foursome of Goodlet, Powell, Combs and Houchen represents 92 years of play in the Burley Belles with Goodlet playing in 22 consecutive years.  
Cynthiana’s Teresa Davis is the lone local player in the First Flight as she plays in her 19th consecutive tournament.  
This flight has long-time players like Davis and Frankfort’s Judy Halasek, who has played in 24 straight Burley Belles. It also features five players in the 16-lady field who will be starting their first Burley Belles Invitational Tournament.
Five of the 16 players in the Second Flight represent the Cynthiana Country Club.  Jennie Sparks and Kathy Grear are playing in their first Burley Belles while Donna Biancke is starting for the second time.
Donna Jacobs and Barbara Snopek have each played in multiple Burley Belles Tournaments and could be in the running when Saturday afternoon gets here.  
Frankfort’s Debbie Wash is the most veteran of the second flight players as she is participating for the 20th consecutive year.
The Third Flight features the player with the most consecutive entries into the tournament and six first-time players in the field of 20 players.  
Cynthiana’s Bonnie Whalen will be playing for the 35th consecutive year.  
She and Anne Combs have each played in 42 Burley Belle Invitational Tournaments.  
Lori Denniston will join Whalen representing Cynthiana in the third flight.  The 20-player field is the most wide open of the four flights.  
The tournament begins at 8 a.m. on Friday and goes through Saturday afternoon.  
It is a 36-hole tournament, which in many years has been settled on the 18th green. The public is welcome to attend.  There will be refreshments available.