The Lexington Herald-Leader recently featured Transylvania grad Justin Tereshko ’12 and his “productive summer” … productive as in claiming the 104th Kentucky Open crown by nine strokes, winning the Kentucky Amateur Championship and qualifying for his fourth United States Amateur Championship.
A two-time All-American golfer at Transylvania, Tereshko noted the positive influence that men’s golf coach Brian Lane ’90 has had on his game. “Coach Lane is probably the one person that has [had] the single most impact on my professional and playing career, [more] than anyone,” said Tereshko, now the coach of Eastern Kentucky University’s squad. “He definitely helped me most in gaining perspective in the mental aspect of the game of golf.”
Tereshko, whose national runner-up 2012 team was recently inducted into the Pioneer Hall of Fame, is joining the ranks of the state’s top golfers. The Herald-Leader notes the good company.
[The Kentucky Open] victory came with plenty of historical significance: Tereshko is the first amateur to win the Kentucky Open in seven years, and just the 18th amateur to win the event since 1920. Tereshko is only the fourth player to win both the Kentucky Amateur and the Kentucky Open in the same year, joining Jodie Mudd (1979 and 1980), J.B. Holmes (2004) and former EKU golfer Phil Hendrickson (2007). His name is now engraved on the same trophy as legendary golfer Byron Nelson, who won the Kentucky Open in 1943.