LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University senior golfer Trey Bowling won the 2008 Kentucky Open by two shots. EKU golfers have now won the event two straight years, Phil Hendrickson claimed the 2007 title. Bowling fired a 1-under par 71 during Thursday’s final round of the 89th Open and finished with a three-round total of 206, 10-under par. Bowling, who entered the day tied for the lead with Troy Hawkins, held off a charge from Andrew Stephens (208).
After Hawkins double-bogeyed the first hole, Bowling was the sole leader the rest of the way. He birdied the second and fourth holes to extend his margin. A 225-yard approach shot on the par-5 12th landed within six feet of the hole and allowed Bowling to card an eagle. However, back-to-back bogeys on the 13th and 14th holes and another on the 16th allowed Stephens to close the gap to two strokes. Pars by Bowling on the final two holes kept Stephens at bay.
Seven other current and former EKU men’s golfers competed at the Kentucky Open which was played at Audubon Country Club in Louisville, a 6,720-yard, par 72 course.
Hendrickson (71-69-70—210), who claimed the Ohio Valley Conference player of the year award as a senior in the spring, tied for fourth. The Danville, Ky., native shot a final round 2-under 70 and finished four shots back of his former teammate.