Golf pros Bobby Nichols, Lou Graham and Bob Goalby will be among those toasting their friend and colleague Gay Brewer Jr. on Tuesday, June 26, when the city renames the golf course where Brewer’s storied career began in his honor.
The public is invited to join the fun at historic Picadome Golf Course, which will become will be renamed the Gay Brewer Course at Picadome. Admission is free to the ceremony and reception, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for a fee.
Brewer, who played at both Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky, went on to win the coveted green jacket at the Masters in 1967.
Louisville native Nichols is the winner of the 1964 PGA Championship; Graham, won the 1975 U.S. Open; and Goalby, won the 1968 Masters, a year after Brewer.
There will be opportunities to talk to the Pros and to Johnny Owens, one of Lexington’s finest amateur golfers, who will also be in attendance. Arnold Palmer and Billy Caspar are sending videos in honor of the occasion.
Mayor Jim Newberry said he looks forward to the ceremony, which will be hosted by Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., who played golf with Brewer at UK, and Lexington businessman Jim Host. “It is a privilege to honor Mr. Brewer at Picadome, where learned to play,” Newberry said. Several members of the Urban County Council will also be in attendance.
Brewer had several other PGA tour wins, including his final victory, the 1972 Canadian Open. He holds numerous amateur titles and was a member of the winning 1967 and 1973 Ryder Cup Teams.
He was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000 and the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.