LPGA Tour Stats & Facts for 2013

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From Tony’s LPGA Report

By Tony Jesselli

We have come to the end of the 2013 LPGA season. A season that was, in my opinion, the best season ever. It certainly seemed that week in and week out, the final result of a tournament wasn’t decided until the 72nd hole. Sometimes it wasn’t even decided then, and we had to go to a playoff.
It was a year with 5 Major Championships, the first 3 won by the same player. We had winners from 8 different countries. I was asking myself, “How can this be topped next year?” Well, Commissioner Michael Whan sure is going to try. His announcement of four new tournaments, 3 on American soil, sure has us looking forward to the start of 2014.

On that note, I would like to look at some of the most important statistics from 2013:
Rolex Player of the Year:
Winner:  Inbee Park – 303 points (Gets a Hall of Fame point)
Runner Up:  Suzann Pettersen – 258
3rd Place:  Stacy Lewis – 220
Inbee won the first 3 Major Championships of the year, and got off to a huge lead.
Suzann outplayed everyone in the second half of the season, but fell short.
Vare Trophy:
Winner:  Stacy Lewis –  69.484 (Gets a Hall of Fame point)
Runner Up:  Suzann Pettersen – 69.696 strokes per round
3rd Place:  Inbee Park – 69.869
Stacy was by far the most consistent player on tour this year. She played 25 tournaments, and had 19 top ten finishes.
Rolex Rookie of the Year:
Winner:  Moriya Jutanugarn – 480 points
Runner Up:  Caroline Masson – 479
3rd Place:  Ayako Uehara – 409
Moriya had a miserable second half to her season, and Caroline had taken a substantial lead going into the final events. Caroline broke her thumb in Japan and played the last couple of events injured, and Moriya snuck in by the smallest possible margin. Ayako had the most amount of points per event, but she played in only 16 tournaments.
Most Consecutive Tournaments Without a Missed Cut: (Current streak)
1- Paula Creamer – 66
2- Na Yeon Choi – 57
3- Stacy Lewis – 44

Most Wins:
1- Inbee Park – 6
2- Suzann Pettersen – 4
3- Stacy Lewis -3
Most Top 5 Finishes:
1- Suzann Pettersen -12
2- Inbee Park – 10
3- Stacy Lewis – 9
Most Top Ten Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis – 19
2- Suzann Pettersen – 15
3- Inbee Park – 11
Most Top Twenty Finishes:
1- Stacy Lewis – 20
2- Na Yeon Choi -18
3- Paula Creamer – 17
Most Wins By Country:
1- South Korea – 10
2- United States – 7
3- Norway – 4
Current Solheim Cup Standings:
1– Lexi Thompson – 142
2- Stacy Lewis – 138
3- Angela Stanford – 56
3- Lizette Salas – 56
5- Michelle Wie – 55
6- Gerina Piller – 54
7- Jennifer Johnson – 39
8- Paula Creamer & Cristie Kerr -36
Other Tidbits:
Stacy Lewis became the first American player to win the Vare Trophy since Beth Daniel in 1994.
Inbee Park is the first Korean born player to win the Rolex Player of the Year Award.
Stacy Lewis’ 69.484 strokes per round, was the lowest since Lorena Ochoa in 2006.
Stat of the Week:
Stacy Lewis will be starting the year 2014 with a streak of ten consecutive top ten finishes, still in tact.
Rolex Movers of the Week:
Shanshan Feng pushes her way up from #7 to #4 in the world. Last week’s runner up Gerina Piller leaps up from #53 to #36.
Who’s Hot:
Sandra Gal and Lexi Thompson have both ended the year on a high note. Sandra has finished in the top 30 in each of her last 9 events, while Lexi has finished no worse than 22nd in her last eight.
Michelle Wie has 5 straight top 25 finishes.
The LPGA is growing quickly under our new Commissioner. Let us all do our part to spread the word and help this tour become the force in women’s sports that it should be. Anyone who hasn’t been out to an event should try to get out to one next year. I assure you, you will want to go back again!

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Birdie Ball Indoor Putting Green Review

One Golfer’s Opinion: Birdie Ball Indoor Putting Green Review

Indoor putting greens come in all shapes and sizes and have tremendous price ranges depending on your needs and your budget.  Prices range from under $30 for simple putting mats, to thousands of dollars for elaborate sizes and shapes.  I have owned a number of putting greens over the years, but most of them were the typical mat types with plastic sides and ball kick-back options.  I was ready for an upgrade from these types of models and decided to look into the newer offerings on the market.

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No special tools required

After internet research and reading through many reviews, I decided to purchase the 4′ wide by 13.5′ long Birdie Ball Indoor Putting Green.
The cost of my green was approximately $180 delivered.  The green comes in three speed options; Slow (9-10 Stimp), Medium (10-11 Stimp), and Fast (11-13 Stimp).  I ordered the medium.  The box arrived within 1-week of ordering.  Unpacking the green and other components was easy.


Setup is a breeze with the bonus video demonstration provided on the website.  I watched the video prior to ordering and believe me, it made the set-up process even easier once the green arrived.  For my model, the setup took about 15 minutes to lay the green out, install the cups, flag sticks and other components.  The putting green can be laid out on any surface.


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Lays out easily

The green itself is very light, over ½ inch thick, and is made from what the company calls a “proprietary aerated polymer.”  The material looks very much like a heavy and bendable Styrofoam but is actually much more resilient and most closely resembles, and feels like, the material used in swimming pool noodles.  Although some previous internet reviews/reviewers had concerns over footprints molding into the material, I have seen no issues with this and like the quality of the surface. A big product plus is that the putting green lays flat against the surface it sits on almost immediately.

Putting on the Birdie Ball Indoor Putting Green is very realistic to a real putting green.  In fact, I would say that this is the most substantial difference and positive aspect of the Birdie Ball surface versus other artificial putting greens on the market.  The cups hold four golf balls.  The only product negative is that they are not very deep. You can make the cup/s deeper with an insert included with the product, although it creates a rise and a ridge affecting the putt and the speed needed to hole out.  I would like to see the cups be cut even deeper (I’m thinking of building a raised plywood base).


Overall, I would recommend the Birdie Ball Indoor Putting Green as a great golf product.  There are several size, speed and price options available, from Small (16″x 9′) to Large (8′ x 18′).  Based on the room you have to setup an indoor putting green, and your budget, I’m sure you’ll find the green you’re looking for, not only for you, but your whole family as well.

BIO: Keith Cook has been a writer and contributing editor at thelocalgolfer.com since 2013. Follow Keith @KeithCookWriter on Facebook or @_KeithCook on Twitter.

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Robert Trent Jones II Unveils New Work on Four Continents

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From South America to Asia, Storied Design Firm Focuses on Water Conservation and Environmental Responsibility

Passport pages are quickly filling up at the golf architecture firm of Robert Trent Jones II (RTJ II) as principals in the company travel across the globe to keep up with new work. The heart of this activity is occurring in South America, where two exciting projects are drawing golfers’ attention to the region.

In Argentina, RTJ II has begun construction of the new 18-hole Rio Hondo Golf Club, part of a government-sponsored project to create a high-end touristic zone for discriminating travelers. The sandy site, featuring wetlands and lagoons adjacent to the Hondo River, makes for a very naturalistic golf layout that flows with the land. In Colombia, the firm has completed the second nine holes of the Mesa de Yeguas Country Club, near Anapoima, which will officially open as a 27-hole layout in December. The course offers great drama and stunning views; it is situated along the huge valley of the Bogota River with many holes playing along high cliff-top plateaus.

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Nearing completion, Poppy Hills Golf Course in grow-in phase.

Closer to home, in Pebble Beach, California, Robert Trent Jones II is just completing the construction phase of a complete rebuilding of renowned Poppy Hills Golf Course, a must-play venue on the Monterey Peninsula. RTJ II, in partnership with the Northern California Golf Association, greatly reduced the amount of irrigated turf to conserve water and introduced transitional zones of sandy areas between turf and forest, lending the course a rugged, more natural feel and more width for greatly enhanced playability. It is an example of Jones’s leadership in the area of water conservation and environmental responsibility.

The company has also finished grassing the Sentry World Golf Course in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. A winner of Golf Digest’s “Best New Course” award when it opened in 1987, the layout has undergone extensive upgrading to drainage and irrigation to bring it up to modern standards. The RTJ II team created four entirely new holes, enhanced the parkland experience by thinning overgrowth, and re-strategized options from the tees while offering more opportunities to play shots along the ground near the greens.

RTJ II has also completed its multi-phase renovation of The Wisley near London, England. This project presents an example of how a thorough master plan can allow courses to accomplish complex goals within set budgets while still remaining open for play. Jones’s work at The Wisley delivered firmer, faster, more easily-maintained turf by sand-slitting the fairways, brought the nearby River Wey into play, and otherwise improved conditions on three nines over several years. Robert Trent Jones, Jr. says of the project, “Our work at The Wisley shows what a forward-thinking facility can accomplish through a well-crafted master plan created in consultation with highly-experienced golf course architects. Members never lost a day of golf while we improved conditions and brought their golf holes into the modern era.”

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Changbaishan photo courtesy of Patrick Lim

In other news from Robert Trent Jones II, founder and master architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. delivered the keynote speech to the Club Managers Association of China as the company’s second course at Changbaishan, north of Beijing, Jilin

Province, nears completion. Jones’s 36 holes there complement a resort and religious pilgrimage site in mountainous terrain separating China from North Korea.

This quarter also saw Robert Trent Jones, Jr. recognized by the University of Washington with a scholarship fund named in his honor. And Jones was named by Links Magazine as one of the top 25 architects of all time, in the recent issue that also featured a story about the firm’s Chambers Bay Golf Course, in Pierce County, Washington, which will host the U.S. Open Championship in 2015.

About Robert Trent Jones II
With headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects (RTJ II) is the preeminent golf design firm worldwide, having created more than 270 courses in over 40 countries on six continents. Trustees of a great tradition of golf course architecture, RTJ II is committed to working in harmony with nature to craft the best golf course on each unique site. The RTJ II design team has experience in every aspect of golf course development and the ability to provide support and expertise from conception through completion of any project. For additional information contact the firm at +1 650-475-0329 or www.rtj2.com.