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[NICHOLASVILLE, Ky.] – PGA professional Jimmy Brandt of Waverly, Ala., claimed the 4th Alltech Invitational championship during his first appearance at the annual tournament held Saturday, June 29, at Alltech’s Connemara Golf Course.
Brandt played in a field of 20 professionals and 60 amateurs during the tournament, shooting a score of 67 – two shots under par – to take home the $15,000 purse, the largest single-day purse awarded in the state of Kentucky.
Mark Blakefield of Maysville, Ky., shot a 68 to tie for second with Justin Hueber of Fort Wayne, Ind., Tim Ailes of Lewis Center, Ohio, and Kent Bulle of Glasgow, Ky.
Started in 2010, the Alltech Invitational serves as a stepping stone for golfers nationally, with last year’s winner Brandon Brown recently making his debut at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. All proceeds from the tournament help support the Alltech ACE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that funds the company’s philanthropic efforts around the world, including its Sustainable Haiti Project, which supports two primary schools in Haiti and economic development projects in the country.
“This year’s events far exceeded any of our expectations. We had beautiful weather, an incredible field of players and a first-class golf course to host this amazing event,” said Tim Arthur, chief information officer for Alltech and tournament director for the Alltech Invitational. “The incredible turnout, wonderful sponsors and exciting competition helped us raise $50,000 for the Alltech ACE Foundation this year. It’s not about making money; it’s about giving back.
Built in 1992, Connemara Golf Course is situated in the heart of the bluegrass amidst the rolling hills of Connemara Farm, which dates back to 1833. Alltech acquired the golf course in 2007 and gave it a complete renovation, including the addition of Connemara’s Irish pub named Bill’s Saloon in honor of one of Dr. Pearse Lyons’ oldest friends. The golf course boasts 18 challenging holes, a driving range and practice green as well as a grill that serves lunch and offers Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. beverages, including Kentucky Ale®, Kentucky Light®, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale® and Kentucky IPA. For more information, visit www.connemaragolfcourse.com.
The sponsors for the 2013 Alltech Invitational were Boice.net, Kentucky Eagle Distributors, Edgewater/Fullscope, Kizan, Powell-Walton-Milward, Toshiba, Univar, Hilton Lexington, Fifth-Third Bank, Gray Construction, Ernst and Young, Peak 10, Dapple Advertising, SDG Blue, Lucrum, LM Clark, Hood Packaging, Pitney Bowes and Dupree Catering.