LANE | Three generations of the Demling family tee off at the Kentucky Open
The youngest member of the golfing family in the tournament has bragging rights after round one.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Moe Demling won the Kentucky Open in 1971. He said he barely remembers it. The Long Run Golf Course Head Professional hasn't always played in the event in recent years. Nearing 75 and coming off shoulder surgery he decided to give it one more shot this year mostly because he could share the experience and compete with several family members.
"Greg entered, then Drew and Brendon and it so happened they all qualified," said Demling Tuesday after his round. "I had my entry in and so a couple of nights ago my wife said 'You're gonna play? I heard you're playing.' I said well yea, you've been talking about it for three months. She said 'Well, you can't break a hundred.' She's pretty close."
Demling then broke into laughter. He had just finished a 94 from the back tees on the challenging Hurstbourne Country Club layout. But his week was all about sharing the experience with his family.
His son Greg qualified and shot a 78 in round one. And his grandsons both had strong opening days. Brendon Doyle, a senior at IU, played his first nine in three-under and settled for a one-over 72 after a lost ball led to a triple bogey on his second nine. He's tied for 20th. Brendon's younger brother, Drew, a fifteen-year-old Sophomore at St. X, fired a one-under 70 with his Uncle Gary on the bag. That was good for a tie for fourth. They all enjoyed being a part of what is believed to be a first at the Open with three generations in the same field.
"It's pretty cool," said Drew. "It started with my grandpa. He got us started. I kind of picked up after my brother so I think it's awesome that we're all out here."
"It's really cool," Brendon agreed. "It's really cool. My brother's been playing great this summer, so I guess I've got to step up my game a little bit tomorrow, try to go after him. It's really cool to see Greg too and my grandpa as well so it's been a really fun couple of days here and hopefully we can play good tomorrow."
"It's very neat," said Greg. I don't think it's been done before so that's a good thing for the family, good for Long Run as well."
"It really is fun, especially tournaments like this when I can actually get out and play with them and see the course and that's one of the things I wanted to do, said Moe Demling. "I go and watch Brendon play up at IU a lot. I watch Drew play at St. X and then we play some together but not under these kind of conditions, so they'll hammer me pretty good."
Professionals Nicklaus Newcomb and Patrick Schirmer are the co-leaders after three-under 68's. The tournament continues with round two Wednesday and the third and final round Thursday at Hurstbourne.
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