May 28, 2022

Dave Daubert

Dave Daubert

The LPGA celebrated 50 years at Rancho Mirage with 24-year-old Jennifer Kupcho winning for the first time at the first ladies major of the year, The Chevron Championship on the Dinah Shore course. Jennifer was the winner of the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2018 which was just played the first week of April with 16-year-old Anna Davis from California winning, the only lady under par. God Bless Judy Rankin who has been commentating on golf since 1984 on her retirement from broadcasting.

J.J. Spaun won the Valero Texas Open for his first PGA TOUR win at TPC San Antonio, punching his ticket to the Masters. The 31-year-old from California played Srixon Zx7 irons, Cleveland wedges and a Srixon Z Star Diamond ball. In Biloxi, Mississippi, New Zealander Steven Alker ran away with the lead at the Champions Tour Rapiscan Systems Classic to clinch the title on the Nicklaus designed Grand Bear Golf Club.

Can I get an Amen? Scottie Scheffler is this year’s Masters Champion with an impressive game that made Sunday a little easier. Shut the door! Four wins in six starts! And he stays at #1 in the World. An eSouthernGOLF.com shoutout to Ted Scott, Scottie’s caddie and a Lafayette, Louisiana native, who has now been on the bag for 3 Masters titles, (2012, 2014 & 2022). Well deserved win.

On Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Jordan Spieth carded a final round 66 and waited patiently for the rest of the contenders to finish their rounds with only Patrick Cantlay able to match Jordan’s 13-under score. Jordan parred the first playoff hole and won the RBC Heritage Classic on Easter Sunday, his 2nd Easter win in as many years. Guess what? The 2023 Masters will be played Easter week. This is the 28-year-old’s 13th win with a full bag of Titleist clubs and ball.

In Oahu, Hawaii, Hyo Joo Kim captured her 5th career title at the LPGA Lotte Championship. On the Korn-Ferry Tour another Titleist Brand Ambassador, Tyson Alexander, a Florida native, made history at Texas Rangers Golf Club by defending his 2021 title victory, becoming the first on the KF Tour ever to do so. Tyson is the son of Buddy Alexander who coached the Florida Gators Men’s Golf Team for 26 years.

In New Orleans, the team of Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay went wire-to-wire at the Zurich Classic, opening with a 59, to take the win while Jay Haas became the oldest person to make the cut in a PGA event at age 68, playing with his son Bill. In Los Angeles at the DIO Implant LA Open, Nasa Haraoka from Japan ran away with the win by 5 to capture her 5th win on the LPGA at Wilshire Country Club. Our friends at ClubCorp sponsored a PGA Champions Tour event at TPC Las Colinas in Irving, Texas and announced a name change for the company to Invited. The inaugural ClubCorp Classic was a Celebrity and Champions Tour competition that ended in two playoffs. Scott Parel prevailed in the three-man match to get his 2nd PGA Champions title, and Mardy Fish outplayed Tony Roma on their 1st playoff hole to take the $100,000 prize money in the Celebrity Division with Lake Nona and Hall of Fame lady Anika Sorenstam coming in third.

Go Play & Happy Mothers Day!

David J. Daubert, GWAA, GTWA
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