For over 25 years, the Gilbert-Bunnell Foundation (GBF) has connected with young people in Central Kentucky through the game of golf. Golf teaches youth not only a fun game that can be enjoyed for a lifetime but also instills life skills and values that extend beyond the golf course.
The foundation has a great legacy built from the two individuals who made it all possible: Mr. Larry Gilbert and Mr. Dave Bunnell.
Mr. Larry Gilbert
Larry Gilbert compiled an impressive list of accomplishments as a player over a career that spanned well over 30 years. Among his many accomplishments as a player was the 1965 NCAA College Division Championship, which he captured while attending Middle Tennessee State University. He also captured the 1971 Tennessee PGA Championship and the 1971 Tennessee Open.
He won three National PGA Club Professional Championships (1981, 1982, 1991) and is considered by many to be one of the finest PGA club professional players in history. He joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1993 and won several times on the Senior Tour, his biggest win coming in 1997 with the Ford Senior Players Championship. He won eight Kentucky PGA Championships, three Kentucky Open titles, and was named the Kentucky PGA Player of the Year 12 times.
He was a member of the PGA of American for over 30 years, was inducted into the Middle Tennessee State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. He passed away in 1998.
Mr. Dave Bunnell
Dave Bunnell is the co-founder of the Larry Gilbert Foundation and the First Tee Chapter of Lexington, bringing thousands of junior golfers the opportunity to play the game of a lifetime. An accomplished golfer in his own right having won the Junior City, Men’s City, and Senior Men’s City Championships — the “Lexington trifecta”, Mr. Bunnell has served on many state and national boards and has been awarded for his merits by the Kentucky Golf Association and Kentucky PGA.
Bunnell graduated from Lafayette High School in 1965 and from the University of Kentucky in 1970. He was a teacher at Tates Creek high School for nearly three decades and coached football, wrestling, swimming, and diving. He also served as the athletic director at Lexington Catholic High School.
Bunnell was inducted into the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame in 2012, and passed away in 2013.
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