This Week’s Winners in Professional Golf!

Congratulations to this Week’s Winners in Professional Golf!

PGA Tour-LogoPGA Tour: Australian Adam Scott, The Honda Classic (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida), $1,098,000 first place prize money, -9 under par.

Photo: Adam Scott,
Photo: Adam Scott,

Next Event: World Golf Championships (WGC)-Cadillac Championship, Miami, Florida (Mar 3-6)

LPGA.comLPGA Tour: American Lexi Thompson, Honda LPGA Thailand (Chonburi, Thailand), $240,000 first place prize money, -20 under par.

Photo: Lexi Thompson,
Photo: Lexi Thompson,

Next Event: HSBC Women’s Champions, Singapore (Mar 3-6)

EuropeanTourEuropean Tour: South African Louis Oosthuizen, ISPS Handa Perth International (Perth, Australia), €186,760 first place prize money, -16 under par.

Photo: Louis Oosthuizen,
Photo: Louis Oosthuizen,

Next Event: World Golf Championships (WGC)-Cadillac Championship, Miami, Florida (Mar 3-6)

ChampionsTourChampions Tour: *Break in Schedule* Next Event: Tucson Conquistadores Classic, Tucson, Arizona (Mar 18-20)


Featured Image: Adam Scott, 2016 Honda Classic Champion,

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The Ultimate Round: Pebble Beach Golf Book Puts You THERE

You saw it on T.V. Now you can relive the experience of the Pebble Beach Pro- Am virtually first-hand through Joann Dost’s beautiful collection of pictures, essays and hole by hole descriptions of Pebble Beach.

The Ultimate Round: Pebble Beach Golf Links-An Illustrated Guide to America’s Majestic Dream Course, by Joann Dost is a must for anyone who has played, or dreams of playing, the iconic golf course on the Monterey peninsula. The handsome, hard bound, 146-page 10.5″ x 10″ full-color volume featuring breathtaking hole-by-hole imagery and state-of-the-art graphics, historical anecdotes for each hole, and essays by golf industry notables is a treasure for anyone who plays golf.

It is the next best thing to being there. According to Jim Nantz, CBS Sportscaster and Pebble Beach resident, “This book brings you as close to actually playing this classic seaside links course as only Joann can.”

It is a comprehensive historical compilation. Literary components of the book offer an historical review of the course from its inception to fruition by visionary businessman and developer, Samuel Finley Brown Morse, and famous events and players that have created the magic and mystique of Pebble Beach, along with a duo of narrative essays by Robert Trent Jones Jr. about the development of Spyglass Hill and Spanish Bay.  All serving to enhance the extraordinary and compelling photographs and computer graphics provided by Dost.

3 - Pg. 20-61 Playing the Course-Front Nine UR.inddIt is the ultimate yardage book. Chapters One and Three, titled “Playing the Ultimate Round,” offer a visual framework of the front and back nine holes complete with yardages, a “Player’s Tip” and “Memorable Match Play” narratives for each hole. As you cruise through the pages, you will actually feel like you are on the course via the stunning photos of each hole, recalling images of professional golfers on the course during rounds you’ve watched on television. I have already figured out what clubs I will use on each hole and how I will think my way around the course when I take in the Pebble Beach experience (Bucket List #1).

It is the ultimate in pictorial presentation. The chapter “A Gallery of Golf” offers a collection of Dost photographs and personal notes about the holes showcasing her artistic abilities as a photographer and subtle insights that only a local like Dost can provide. “Joann’s fresh approach in showing the magic of Pebble Beach Golf Links with her new, dramatic photography, detailed graphics, personal insights and brief narratives, is a perfect blend,” says Neal Hotelling, award-winning author and authority on the history of the iconic golf venue. “Her book illustrates why Pebble Beach is a ‘must play course’ for every golfer.”
Joann Dost with book

“This project represents the pinnacle of my career,” says Dost. “At last, my company and I have produced a publication on Pebble Beach Golf Links that is definitive, attractive, and practical. We are proud to provide it for all golf enthusiasts worldwide.”

Joann Dost’s The Ultimate Round: Pebble Beach Golf Links is the perfect gift for any golf enthusiast, suitable for any coffee table, and the ultimate player’s guide to Pebble Beach.

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El Caballero to host 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship

Will be first USGA championship for El Caballero

El Caballero Country Club, in Tarzana, Calif., has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the host site for the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Located less than 25 miles from Los Angeles, El Caballero will host its first USGA championship from April 28-May 2.

“The USGA is excited to add El Caballero Country Club to its distinguished list of championship sites,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “We are confident this beautiful Southern California club will be a terrific host for players and supporters, while also providing a comprehensive test that will produce worthy champions and continue to build the legacy of this popular team event.”

Designed in 1957 by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and named for the creek that meanders through the San Fernando Valley property, the course was renovated in 2005 by John Harbottle, who revamped bunkers, water features and a few greens. It will play host to the fourth U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, which was contested for the first time in 2015 and won by teenagers Mika Liu and Rinko Mitsunaga, who prevailed at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.

El Caballero was a three-time host of the LPGA Tour’s Office Depot Championship, which was played for nine years and won by Se Ri Pak in 2002 and Annika Sorenstam in 2003 and 2004 at El Caballero. The club has also hosted several USGA sectional qualifiers, for the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur and most recently, for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.

“On behalf of the membership of El Caballero County Club, we are honored to host the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship,” said Gary Diamond, club president. “We look forward to providing a venue that the competitors will find challenging and where spectators will have a memorable experience.”

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship is open to two-player sides (or teams) of female amateurs with an individual Handicap Index® not exceeding 14.4. There are no age restrictions and partners are not required to be from the same club, state or country.

The championship begins with 18-hole sectional qualifying, which commences the previous August and is conducted by state and regional golf associations on behalf of the USGA. A total of 64 sides advance to the national championship, where each player plays their own ball throughout the round. Each side’s score is determined by using the lower score of the partners for each hole. After 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying, the field is reduced to the low 32 sides for the championship’s match-play bracket, from which the eventual champion is determined.

The 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball will be the 80th USGA championship contested in California, the most of any state. Additional upcoming championships in the Golden State include the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open at CordeValle in San Martin; the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista; the 2017 U.S. Amateur at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades; the 2017 Walker Cup Match and 2023 U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club; the 2018 U.S. Amateur and 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links; and the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.

Upcoming U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championships will be contested May 21-25, 2016, at Streamsong (Fla.) Resort; and May 27-31, 2017, at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.