LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Apple NewsMay 5, 2019

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It was Georgia versus Georgia Tech at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play final, as the scrappy dawg, Kevin Kisner, whooped up on the rambling wreck Matt Kuchar. Kevin redeemed his loss to Bubba last year at Austin Country Club in Texas for his 3rd PGA TOUR win, and the Walter Hagan Trophy.

Graeme McDowell won his fourth PGA TOUR title at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club. GMAC played with his new Z-785 driver, Srixon and Cleveland irons and the Z-STAR XV ball to secure his first win since 2015. It will be a hot time at Nona Blue Modern Tavern, GMac’s Orlando eatery, Monday evening.

Srixon & Cleveland had a double dose of success when 20 year-old Nasa Hataoka from Japan won the LPGA Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California for her third win.

It was an historical week at Augusta National Golf Club, a week before the Masters, where the first ladies tournament, Augusta National Women’s Amateur, was played with Hall of Famers Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez, Lorena Ochoa and Se Ri Pak hitting the opening ceremonial drives. Wake Forest Demon Deaconess and 2018 NCAA National Champion Jennifer Kupcho was the first winner on Saturday April 6th. Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley presented Jennifer with the trophy at Butler Cabin. June 4th will be Women’s Golf Day nationwide. Visit WomensGolfDay.com for more information.

After qualifying on Monday, Canadian Corey Connors took control on Sunday at TPC San Antonio to capture his first PGA TOUR victory- The Valero Texas Open- to secure a place at this year’s Masters for the 2018 PGA Rookie of the Year. Corey used a full bag of PING clubs and Titlist Pro V1 ball.

In Rancho Mirage, California, the LPGA held its first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, won by South Korean In Young Ko, played on the Dinah Shore course at Mission Hills Country Club. With her victory In jumps to # 1 on the LPGA standings using a Titlist Pro V1 ball.

Oh my goodness! A few years ago I thought the Tiger Era was over. After his win at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta, I thought maybe not. Well the Roar of the Tiger is Back, winning the 2019 Masters for his fifth Green Jacket and his Fifteenth Major Championship. No matter pro or con about Tiger, Sunday 4/14/2019 was a good day for golf and a great day for 43 year-old Eldrick Woods of Jupiter Island, Florida. Tiger used a full bag of TaylorMade M5 woods, P7TW irons and wedges, wrapped in Golf Pride grips plus his Bridgestone TourB XS ball to regain his major championship form. Let’s wait with bated breath on the upcoming majors.

C.T. Pan is the Man! The 27 year old Taiwanese player scored his first PGA TOUR win at the 51st RBC Heritage played at Harbour Town Golf Links on beautiful Hilton Head Island, SC.

Canadian Brooke Henderson took command at Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii to win the 2019 LPGA Lotte Championship, defending her 2018 title and securing her 8th Tour win at age 21. Both Brooke & CT played a Titlist Pro V1 ball to win their respective titles.

Scotty McCarron, a Tour Edge Staff player, completed a wire to wire performance to win the PGA Tour Champions Mitsubishi Electric Classic for his third victory this year and 3rd at TPC Sugarloaf over his career.

It was an odd couple of players, Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer, who took the big bucks at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in the match play event played at TPC Louisiana. Among their spoils were the Fleur-de-Lis trophy, some Mardi Gras beads and belts.

Another unlikely couple managed to squeak through at Top of the Rock. Tom Pernice Jr. and Scott Hoch won the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Missouri.

Jorge Campillo, the 32 year-old Spaniard playing on the European Tour, finally broke through to win his first event in Rabat, Morocco. He took the diamond studded dagger at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam Red course in the Trophee Hassan II.

Minjee Lee cruised to her 5th win on the LPGA Tour at the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open at historic Wilshire Country Club.

Can you guess what happens in May. Most of our snowbirds are gone and tee times are more readily available. The ‘Price is Right’ for a while so go check out those bucket list courses you wanted to try but didn’t want to mortgage the house to play. Get some fresh air, a little exercise and camaraderie with your besties and GO PLAY!

David J. Daubert – Editor

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