LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

November 23, 2016

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Julie Inkster won the Legends Tour finale, Walgreens Charity Championship at Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach, Florida. Julie, who was the captain of the last winning Solheim Cup American Team, is also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. You go girl! Gary Player celebrated his 81st birthday, and continues his efforts on behalf on golf and good health.

An old friend has spent his life teaching the game of golf and making others better at it. Fred Griffin has been at Grand Cypress Academy of Golf in Orlando for 31 years as the Director of Instruction. The 21 acre facility was designed by Jack Nicklaus along with the 45 holes of championship golf. In his many years, Fred has helped Greg Norman, Seve Ballasteros, Payne Stewart and Bernard Langer, just to name a few. He was also on the Top 50 instructors list of Golf Digest. When I was there many years ago, Dr. J, that’s right, the one and only Juilus Erving, was learning the game from Fred and his staff. Congrats Fred.

Matt Kuchar got his Cadillac after all. The par 3,17th tee was moved to 193 yards at the HSBC- World Golf Championship. The requirement is 200 yards to win a Cadillac of your choice. Matt made a hole-in-one and after a little thought, the General Motors Cadillac division decided to award Kuch a car anyway. Way to go Matt!

Forty-seven year old Australian Rod Pampling won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas to capture his first win in 10 years. Rod won the 2006 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Golf Club. Scott McCarron won the inaugural Dominion Charity Classic in Richmond, Virginia on the PGA Champions Tour. Shanshan Feng won for the second time in a row at the LPGA Toto Classic in Japan.

How about Pat Perez winning the OHL Mayakoba Open at the El Camaleon Golf Course in Mexico, 7 years since his first win at the Bob Hope. Paul Goydas took it home at Desert Mountain Cochise Course to win the Charles Schwab Championship while Bernard Langer took home the Schwab Cup for the 3rd straight year. Sweden’s 34 year old Alex Noren won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa in the Race to Dubai where he is #3 behind Henrik Stenson and Danny Willett. Carlota Cigunda from Spain won the Lorena Ochoa invitational at Club de Golf Mexico in Mexico City.

Jordan Spieth won the Australian Open in a one hole playoff at Royal Sydney CC for the second time, while Henrik Stenson added the Race to Dubai Trophy and a tidy $1.25 million bonus to his Silver at the Olympics and Open Championship win. Tiberon Golf Club in Naples, Florida, managed by Troon, hosted the final LPGA CME Group Championship the week before Thanksgiving with 20-year old Englishlady Charley Hull winning her first event. South Korean In Gee Chun took home LPGA Rookie of the Year and the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average. Arya Jutanugarn of Thailand won the $1 million bonus and LPGA Player of the Year Award. It took a Monday finish at beautiful Sea Island, Georgia for Canadian Mackenzie Hughes to win, after the third hole in a five man playoff, the RSM Classic hosted by Davis Love III.

The PGA of America and the PGA Tour are both getting new bosses in 2017. Paul Levy, a 30 year PGA member, was elected the 40th President of the PGA of America at the Association’s 100th Annual Meeting in New York City. Levy is President of Club Operations and Development of Sunrise Company in Palm Desert. California and also CEO and General Manager at Toscana Country Club. Tim Finchem is retiring from the head job at the PGA Tour after 22 years as Commissioner. Jay Monahan, who currently holds the posts of COO and Deputy Commissioner, will assume the title in January 2017. Finchem held similar posts before taking over for Deane Beman who held the position for 20 years. Congratulations and Best Wishes to both from eSouthernGOLF.

Happy Thanksgiving and Holidays to all our readers and subscribers. We appreciate your comments and enjoy bringing you the latest in golf news. Take a family member or friend to play golf this season.

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David J. Daubert – Editor

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