LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
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Lydia Ko, playing Callaway clubs, won her second LPGA Major, the ANA Inspiration at the Mission Hills Country Club before turning 19 later this month. The New Zealander who now resides in Orlando, Florida, laid up on the par 5, 18th, and then proceeded to hit her approach shot 1 foot from the pin to secure a birdie and win. Dinah Shore would have been proud to jump in Poppie’s Pond with her. Minjee Lee from Australia won the LPGA Lotte Championship presented by Hershey at the Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii. Japan’s Haru Nomura won the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced Golf Club near San Francisco for her 2nd win on Tour.
The most interesting man on the PGA Tour Champions, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at the Tom Fazio designed Beau Rivage Hotel’s Fallen Oak Golf Club for his 3rd victory on the Tour. Woody Austin powered his way to win his 2nd Champions event, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, at Greg Norman designed TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia. Woody teamed up with Michael Allen to win the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozarks of Missouri 38 year-old Jim Herman( Hermie), who was an assistant pro at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey in 2006, won the Shell Houston Open for his first PGA Tour win at Golf Club of Houston and an invitation to Augusta to play in the 2016 Masters.
How about this year’s 80th Masters. Twenty-eight year old Englishman Danny Willett won the Green Jacket, securing the lead after Jordan scored a 7 on the par 3, 12th. How’s that for the ‘Agony & Ecstasy.’ Jolly Good Danny Boy! The Callaway Golf Staff Professional from England has 5 European wins including the Omega Dubai Classic in February. Brandon Grace from South Africa won his first PGA Tour event at the RBC Heritage Classic at Pete Dye’s Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Another win for Team Callaway. Titlist Brand Ambassador, Charlie Hoffman beat charging Patrick Reed by one stroke at the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio.
Jack Nicklaus has replaced Arnold Palmer on the World Golf Hall of Fame Selection Committee, which includes Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez and Gary Player. Speaking of Annika, she has been named the Solheim Cup European Captain for 2017 while Julie Inkster will return for Team USA ,which will be contested at the Pete Dye designed Des Moines Golf & Country Club in Iowa. Steve Stricker and Nick Price will captain the USA and International Teams during the 2017 Presidents Cup to be played at the Tom Kite & Bob Cupp collaboration Liberty National in New Jersey overlooking NYC and the Statue of Liberty.
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David J. Daubert – Editor
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