LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Apple NewsJune 28, 2018

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Augusta University in Georgia, the same school that produced 2018 Masters Champion Patrick Reed, has this year’s NCAA Men’s Individual Title winner in senior Broc Everett, who defeated Auburn’s Brandon Mancheno in a playoff at the Tom Fazio designed Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2011, Augusta State College(as the University was known), led by Patrick Reed( who beat Peter Uihlein 8 & 7), defeated Oklahoma State University at Karsten Creek, their home course, for the NCAA Title. But May 30 the OSU Cowboys defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide in all five of its matches to win the 2018 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. Earlier in May the Arizona University Wildcats beat Alabama for the Women’s Division I Golf Championship, their third national championship in golf.

The Knights of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida won the Men’s NCAA Division II title at the “Fighting Joe” course at the Shoals Golf Club, one of the Robert Trent Jones Trail, in Alabama, defeating the University of West Florida in the last match.

Bryson DeChambeau, the 24 year-old ‘mad-scientist’ from SMU, won the Memorial Tournament at Jack’s place in a two hole playoff to garner his 2nd PGA TOUR win. Let’s all go out and get the same 37.5″ clubs from Cobra and try to duplicate his swing. Well done Homie! Oh, by the way, Bryson plays the Bridgestone B-330-S after thoroughly testing many of the other top brands played by other touring pros. Does that tell you something?

Ariya Jutanugarn won the 2018 Women’s U.S. Open at Shoal Creek with a bag of different clubs and a Titlist Pro V1 ball in a playoff. The 22-year old from Thailand captured her second ladies major.

Dustin Johnson reclaimed his #1 in the world status by winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis. On the 18th hole, Dustin holed out from 170 yards with a P730 ‘DJ Proto’ nine iron for an eagle to put an exclamation point on his win. DJ plays Taylor Made M4 ‘Twist Face’ Driver, Spider Tour black putter and the TP5x ball.

Annie Park from Levittown, New York won her first title at the ShopRite LPGA Classic held at the Seaview Hotel & Golf Club’s Bay course in New Jersey, after 47 starts. Congrats Annie!

59-year-old Tom Lehman won the Principal Charity Classic, playing Exotics hybrids at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa after the second round due to persistent rains cancelling the third.

A big shout to Rafael Nadal on winning his 11th French Open in tennis.
Brooks Koepka, a 28 year-old Florida native, won back to back Opens by winning the 118th US Open at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, New York with a plus 1 score. Last year he tied Rory for the lowest score to win with 16 under at Erin Hills. Brooks used a Titlist Pro V1x and Scotty Cameron Tour Newport putter, 3 Vokey Wedges, Mizuno JPX 900 4-PW irons, Taylor Made M4 driver and Nike Vapor Pro driving iron to win.

In Michigan So Yeon Ryu, the 29 year-old from South Korea, won the Meijer LPGA at Blythefield Country Club at 21 under, playing Honma clubs.

PINK is BACK! Bubba makes it 3 times- the charm at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell Ct., coming from six strokes behind to shoot 7 under 63. Bubba played a full bag of PING clubs and a Titlist ProV1x to capture his 12th victory on the PGA TOUR and his 3rd win this year. River Highlands is a Bobby Weed redesign of the Pete Dye TPC Connecticut.

In Madison Wisconsin, Scott McCarron won the American Family Insurance Championship by one-stroke over hometown favorite Jerry Kelly on the Champions Tour.

Japan’s Nasa Hataoka won her first LPGA tournament at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.

We lost two Hall of Famers this week. Hubert Green, who like Bubba, had his own style of playing golf. Hubert was a graduate of FSU who had 29 total professional wins including two majors, a US Open and a PGA Championship. I played a round with him at the Hombre Golf Club in Panama City where he advised on the redo of the 3 nines, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Peter Thomson passed at age 88 who was an Australian who won the OPEN Championship 5 times and had 84 professional wins.

David J. Daubert – Editor

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