According to the Courier-Journal:
Jack Ridge has heard his share of tall tales as the golf pro at Glenmary Country Club and figured Jesse Massie had to be joking when he approached him Friday with an unbelievable score.
“I said, ’56?’ ” Ridge said. “I was like, ‘Come on, man. Is this for real?’”
But after double-checking Massie’s round with his playing partners, Kevin Purcell and Chris Miller, Ridge is declaring Massie’s 16-under-par 56 “as one of the greatest rounds of golf ever played.”
Massie posted 14 birdies, one eagle and three pars while playing from the back tees on the 6,540-yard, par-72 course.
He even incurred a penalty stroke after his drive on the par-4 No. 5 landed in a tree.
Massie, a 2005 Trinity High School graduate who went on to play golf at Eastern Kentucky University, said his previous low round was a 61 at Arlington Country Club in Richmond.
“The back side (at Glenmary) has always been easy, and I’ll try to shoot at 30 or 29,” Massie said. “But I never thought I’d shoot at 29 on the front. … Then on No. 12 I made an eagle putt from about 35 feet to get to 10 under. I knew I had something going then.”
He still parred the hole after taking a penalty stroke. That, alone, deserves a golf clap.
[H/T FTW photo of Jesse Massie’s scorecard via Courier-Journal]