Mini-tour player Jesse Massie shoots incredible 56

Mini-tour player Jesse Massie shoots incredible 56

You're not going to hear about too many rounds that are better than the one Jesse Massie had last Friday.

After shooting 67 in a morning round at Glenmary Golf Course in Louisville, Ky., the 25-year-old NGA Tour player went back out in the afternoon and blistered the course for an incredible 56.


The course plays 6,540 yards and to a par of 72. Massie, who played his collegiate golf at Eastern Kentucky University, made 14 birdies and an eagle, and he could have gone even lower were it not for a penalty stroke, according to a Golf Channel report.

Massie found 17 of 18 greens in regulation, taking just 21 putts on the round. The fifth hole was the lone exception, where Massie drove it into a cedar tree, requiring him to take a penalty stroke for an unplayable lie. Nevertheless, he got up-and-down for par from 150 yards to keep the momentum going.

"I was more nervous when I was 11- or 12-under, because you want to break 60 so bad," said Massie, whose first name is also spelled in reports as "Jessie," to Golf Channel.

The 56 immediately called to mind the one-better round of Rhein Gibson in May 2012 at the 6,698-yard, par-71 layout at River Oaks Country Club in Oklahoma. Steve Gilley matched Gibson in 2005, shooting 55 at Lynwood Golf and Country Club in Martinsville, Va., in preparation for U.S. Open qualifying.

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