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The champion of the 2012 Alltech Invitational at Alltech’s Connemara Golf Course, is Brandon Brown of Shelbyville Ky. Brown is no stranger to success on the golf course; he is currently the leading money winner on the 2012 National Golf Association Pro Golf Tour with more than $75,000. He finished 2011 at the top of the NGA money list with more than $150,000.
Brown bested the field of 18 professionals and 54 amateurs during the tournament held Saturday, June 9, shooting a 65 — six under par — to take home the $13,000 top prize. Last year he finished tied for second place.
Mark Blakefield of Maysville, Ky., who was the champion of the inaugural 2010 Alltech Invitational, shot a 66 to finish in second place and Ben Fuqua of Danville, Ky., shot a 67 to finish in third place. The 2011 winner was Alex Misback, who took the title only two weeks after his graduation from Morehead State University.
“This year was our biggest event yet. The golf course was immaculate, the field of players was excellent, and our sponsors were world class,” said Tim Arthur, chief information officer for Alltech and tournament director for the Alltech Invitational. “With the help of our sponsors, this has become the premier pro-am in the state of Kentucky with close to $40,000 in prize money.”
The Alltech Invitational is an annual event held at the Connemara Golf Course in Nicholasville. 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. The golf course boasts 18 holes, a driving range, and practice green along with a grill that serves lunch and offers Alltech’s trio of beers: Kentucky Ale, Kentucky Light and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.
A percentage of the money raised during Saturday’s tournament will go towards the Alltech ACE Foundation, a non-profit foundation that funds the philanthropic efforts of the company and its employees around the world. This includes the company’s Sustainable Haiti Project, which supports two primary schools in Haiti and economic development projects in the country.
The annual Alltech Invitational started in 2010 and has grown each year, bringing in talented amateurs and professionals to play for the title and support a good cause.
“The huge success is a reflection of the partnerships we have built with our sponsors who understand the goals of this event and are already signing up for 2013,” Arthur said.”
The sponsors for the 2012 Alltech Invitational were Boice.net, Cargo Services, Eagle Distributors, Edgewater/Fullscope, Ernst & Young, FedEx, Kizan, KYFI, Powell-Walton-Milward, Scott Gross, System Design Group, Toshiba and Univar.