LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

August 1, 2016

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Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee won the 100th French Open beating an international field including Francesco Molinari and Rory McIlroy at Le Golf National, the host site for the 2018 Ryder Cup, outside Paris. Taylor Made ball and club ambassador Dustin Johnson proved that his U.S. Open win was no fluke by taking the lead late on Sunday at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Eighteen year old Canadian Brooke Henderson wearing her Sunice best repeated last year’s success at the Cambria Portland Open by winning again over Antigua Ambassador Stacey Lewis. How about Greg Chalmers winning the Baracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada, his first on TOUR, giving the 42-year old Australian an invitation to the Open Championship at Royal Troon, and a 2 year playing exemption.

The Womens U.S. Open was played at the Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed CordeValle golf course in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California with American Brittany Lang winning after Anna Nordqvist was assessed a 2 shot penalty for grounding her club in a bunker on the 17th hole in a 3 hole aggregate playoff. Alexander Noren from Sweden won the AAM Scottish Open at Castle Stuart in Inverness, while Paul Goydos won the PGA TOUR Champions Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, New York.

Lydia Ko, the world’s #1 women professional golfer, prevailed at the Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Country Club outside Toledo, Ohio in a four hole marathon playoff. The 2015 Young New Zealander of the Year has won 14 LPGA tournaments including 2 majors by the age of 19, surpassing Annika, Jack and Tiger in wins at this early age playing Callaway Clubs and ball. After another 4 hole playoff, 35 year old Aaron Baddeley, wearing his OGIO sportswear, won the Barbasol Championship at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Grand National in Opelika, Alabama, securing a two year exemption on the PGA Tour. It has been 5 years since his last win at the Northern Trust Open in 2011.

Another Swede in Scotland. Henrik Stenson took home the Claret Jug at the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon, out dueling Phil Mickelson with a record 63, tying Johnny Miller’s last day record at Oakmont 41 years ago. It was the 40-year old Henrik’s first major and the first time a Swedish player has won the Championship. Congratulations to the Callaway club playing Champion and 46 year old runner up.

The UL International Crown was played outside Chicago at The Merit Club and won by the US Team of Stacey Lewis, Gerina Piller, Christie Kerr and Lexi Thompson in a fantastic finish after losing all the first day matches. USA edged out #1 seed Korea by a single point. This should give the Americans some added confidence at the Olympics in Rio next month. Well done Ladies! On Friday Englishwoman Mel Reid played the golf of her life with partner Charlie Hull hospitalized, she played a fourball match against Japan’s Miyazato and Nomura to a one stroke loss.

The Senior Open Championship was played at Carnoustie in Scotland with Englishman Paul Broadhurst, age 50, winning his first major over a strong field of International players. Jhonattan Vegas, who will be representing Venezuela at the Olympics, won the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club, the first solo design by Jack Nicklaus. Winning by one stroke for his second win on tour, Vegas defeated a field which included Dustin Johnson and Jason Day, last year’s winner.

The fourth and last major for the PGA Tour was played at Baltusrol with Texan and Titlist Ambassador Jimmie Walker wining by one stroke over last year’s winner Jason Day, playing 36 holes on Sunday to take home the Wanamaker Trophy at the 98th PGA Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn from Thailand won the Ricoh Women’s British Open at the Woburn Club in England by 3 strokes, with Mo Martin, 2nd, Stacey Lewis,4th, and Christie Kerr 5th all Americans.

Now its off to Rio for the Olympics where golf will be played once again.

Are you tired of playing at the same old course? Need some new challenges in your life? Well check out our special offers for August at some of the best in the South, with great discounts. Go PLAY!

David J. Daubert – Editor

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