Inside the Ropes Kips First Tournament


After inclement weather caused the second round of the Henrico County Open to be delayed for three hours, Big Break II Winner Kip Henley finally finished the day with a 2- under-par 70 for the tournament. Kip was able to persevere through a steady rain and 25 mph winds on Friday, but it was not enough to make up for Thursdays' round of even par.
Missing the cut by two strokes, Kip was understandably disappointed about the outcome. A two-shot penalty on Thursday cost Kip a chance to play through the weekend. While walking to his next hole after his birdie on the seventh, Kip noticed that the ball he had started the hole with was not ball he picked up from the hole. After cleaning the ball on the green, Kips caddie, who is also his sponsor, had tossed him a different ball. Kip could have kept this information to himself, but being the true sportsman he is, informed his playing partners of this infraction.
With a gallery that endured the bad weather to cheer on their favorite Big Break winner, Kip felt that he could not let them down. I think they really helped me stay in it. I may have folded in the tent up once or twice if I didnt have some people watching me, said Henley regarding the fans that followed him throughout his round.
Though he missed the cut of this tournament, Kip has high hopes for his remaining exemptions which include the Chattanooga Classic June 2-June 5, LaSalle Bank Open June 9-12, Knoxville Open June 16-19, Lake Erie Charity Classic June 30-July 3, National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic July 7-10.
With those first tournament jitters out of the way Kip can hone his skills this week at the PGA Tour FedEx St. Jude Classic. He will be going up against an all-star field that includes Davis Love III, Tom Lehman, John Daly and defending champion David Toms.
Be sure to tune into The Golf Channel this summer as we watch to see Kip achieve his Big Break Dreams!