LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ashton Van Horne overcame a rough opening round and a wild home stretch to capture the Kentucky Open in just his second tournament as a professional Thursday at at the University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville.
The recent Belmont University graduate credited his mom and dad for keeping his spirits up after an opening round 74 left him well back on a day when 41 players shot even par 72 or better. He fired a second-round 6-under 66 to get into contention and followed that with another 66 Thursday, keyed late by an eagle at the par 5 17th that followed what appeared to be a costly bogey four at number 16.
"It still hasn't sunk in," said Van Horne. "You work so hard and you practice and you believe you can do this but until you've done something like this it's hard to believe it's going to happen. It's just a lot of hard work and it's awesome to have something to show for it as cool as this."
Former U of L golfer Daniel Iceman III battled for the lead down the stretch on a course that he said he's played about a thousand times. The Assistant Pro at Weissinger Hills in Shelbyville nearly made a downhill forty-footer on 18 which would have won it in regulation. Instead he settled for runner-up honors after a bogey on the second playoff hole.
"It was a great week," said Iceman. "I've been working a lot on my short game. It's come a long way. Ashton played great golf the last two days. I don't feel like I gave it away. He earned it."
Van Horne earned $10,000 for his first win as a pro. He hopes to earn status on a tour through Q school this fall.
Former St. Xavier and current UK golfer Cooper Musselman was low amateur at 7-under after a final-round 69.
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