Former Wildcats fare well at Masters

Former Kentucky golfer, class of ’90, and Boone county native Steve Flesch finished his mesmerizing run today in the Masters tournament tying for fifth after firing four rounds at or under par on the historic Augusta National course. J.B. Holmes, class of ’05, finished tied for 25th.

Left-handed Flesch is a four-time winner on the PGA tour and played in his first Masters this week since 2005, where he finished tied for 29th. After walking off the 18th green he signed his final scorecard giving him a two under-par 286 (72-67-69-78) with an outstanding 12 birdies for the tournament in his quest for the green jacket. During the second round, walking alongside his caddy carrying his golf bag that sports a large blue and white UK, Flesch shot the lowest round of the entire tournament, 67, including an eagle on the 13th and pars for the remaining six holes.

His best major tournament before today came in 2004 when he shot a six-over-par 296 to finish tied for seventh in the U.S. Open.

“It is inspiring to see guys from UK playing in some of the last groups on Sunday at Augusta,“ junior Ben Fuqua said. “We have a great tradition here at Kentucky of great golfers, I know that we have guys on our team right now that have a chance of competing at that level one day in the future. We could not be more proud of Steve and J.B.”

J.B. Holmes continues his fantastic year on the tour after shooting a four-over-par 292 (73-70-73-76). He finished tied for the 25th spot in his first Masters outing in his young professional career. Holmes opened up this season winning the FBR Open when he tattooed the course shooting a 14-under-par and defeating PGA Tour veteran Phil Mickelson in a one-hole playoff.

Holmes kicked off his PGA career in 2006 when he won his inaugural professional tournament at the PBR Open, becoming only the ninth player in PGA history to open their tour career with a tournament victory. In 2006, he shot a 14-under par to win the event, firing his professional career-best 64 in the second round. He has also had four top-10 finishes, three of which were in 2007, since joining the PGA and he has become a multi-million dollar earner on the tour.