Former Bellarmine golfer Kyle Leach is looking for another career highlight for his resume.

Leach, who conquered current PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler in match play during the 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, will join teammates Tom Campbell and Denver Haddix while representing Kentucky in the USGA Men's Team State Championship on the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind.

Leach, a 28-year old amateur, and his teammates qualified for the Kentucky team through a points system on statewide events. They will tee off Tuesday on the course that will host the 2015 Senior PGA Championship, in the 54-hole event. Each player will post an 18-hole score, and the with the top two scores of the threesome will count toward the total.

"It's an honor," Leach said. "I'm looking forward to it. I'm hoping to play well for the state and bring home the trophy." Campbell, 44, is the 2014 Kentucky State Amateur champion and newly hired head women's basketball coach at Sewanee College. Haddix, 34, is the reigning State Match Play champion.

Leach would like another golf memory. "Everybody I know comes up and says 'Look where Fowler's at, look where you're at,'" said Leach, who works at Rescare in Louisville as a fleet manager, providing services people with disabilities. "Things happen. That was a great day, by far the best day I've had on the course. I got the better of him that day. I just putted a little better that day."

The short game will be key for those who survive the test at The Pete Dye Course. "Pete (the famous golf architect) doesn't take it easy on you at all," Leach said. "There's a lot of holes where you have to keep it in the fairway. That will be the key, fairways and greens. If you miss the green, you will get penalized. You'll have to rely on your short game a lot."

Haddix, a Morehead State graduate, is a teaching professional (with current PGA Tour player Josh Teater among his former pupils) who reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur earlier this summer. He was recently diagnosed with sudden sensorineural hearing loss, which resulted in 85 percent hearing loss in his left ear.

Teams from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will vie for the title in the 11th edition of the tournament. Indiana will be represented by Avon's Brett Widner (a former player at Franklin College and a two-time state Mid-Amateur champion), Greenwood's Sean Rowen (a former player at the University of Iowa) and Noblesville's Kenny Cook (the 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up).


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