LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - He comes from a golfing family and began playing the game at age 3. Now Drew Doyle will tee it up as the youngest-ever competitor in the Kentucky State Amateur that runs Tuesday through Thursday at Big Spring Country Club.
Doyle turned 13 in January and just finished the 7th grade at St. Patrick Grade School. He is the grandson of Moe Demling, the patriarch of one of Louisville's top golfing families. Demling is the head club professional at Long Run Golf course and has four children who all play and teach the game. Moe said he may spend the night at the course as he'll be on hand to watch a pair of grandsons. Drew's older brother, 19-year-old Brendon will also be competing and to make things a little easier for family members, the Doyle brothers will be playing in back-to-back groups. Drew tees off at 8:20 am in Tuesday's opening round, while Brendon's tee time is 8:30 am.
Brendon played High School golf at St. Xavier and just finished his Freshman year playing at Indiana University. He has seen Drew's game grow and improve in the last few years.
“I'm not really surprised,” said Brendon about his little brother qualifying to compete in the Amateur this year. “I figured he'd be here eventually. I didn't think it would be this early. He's always been a great player. He's just really fine-tuned his game recently and his increased distance has helped a whole a lot.”
Drew said he has learned a lot from various family members but has modeled a lot of his game after his older brother.
“I'm just hoping to play as best as I can,” said Drew. “I know there are a lot of really good players out there. I'll try to play my own game and get some good scores in.”
156 players will start Tuesday at a venue that has hosted the State Am six times previously, the last in 2007. Danville's Tom Campbell is the defending champion. The field will be cut to the low 70 and ties after Wednesday's second round for the final 18 holes on Thursday.